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Numa Pass is the highest point on the Rockwall Trek, at over 2300 metres.
This segment also has the greatest elevation gain/loss, boasting more than 800m change between Numa Creek and Numa Pass.
If hiking north to south, this will be all uphill, but you’ll hopefully be conditioned by crossing two other passes in the days before. An unassuming start from Numa Creek, on mellow terrain through the forest, soon transitions to a grueling climb.
It’s gradual for a while, but steepens dramatically before breaking above the treeline.
A final push on a worn path on a scree slope reaches the pass, and the reward.
It’s a barren ridgeline bowing gracefully between two peaks, with the Rockwall and countless summits stretching away on either side.
Floe Lake is even visible, beneath the massive face of Floe Peak.
From the pass, it’s all downhill, and a relatively quick descent to the lake. Sources: https://www.pc.gc.ca/en/pn-np/bc/kootenay/activ/arrierepays-backcountry https://peanutbutterkait.wordpress.com/2017/09/11/hike-rockwall-trail-day-3/ https://www.inafarawayland.com/rockwall-trail-guide/