This BC parks visitor center lies just off of the Yellowhead Highway. From the visitor center and the nearby restaurant and gift shop, there's the famous view of the southern face of Robson. The visitor center has a viewing deck that allows for great views of Robson; downstairs in the center, there's also informative exhibits about the mountain itself.
If you are planning on backpacking to Berg Lake, you will need to book campsites before coming to the park; you can pick your permits up here at the visitor center.
The trailhead for the Berg Lake Trail is a short drive beyond the visitor center.
At the road junction at Tete Jaune Cache, we turned and headed down Highway 5 to Valemount and Clearwater. At this time of the year, wildflowers were in bloom on the roadsides.
Also, we saw quite a few Black Bears. There wasn't much traffic in this area, perhaps this was why?
The Rearguard Falls are not very high falls. They wouldn't want to be, because this is where the Chinook [Pacific Salmon] end their long journey. These fish have survived several years at sea, then return to the Fraser river where they were born. The Chinook have traveled upstream over 1200 km.
What an amazing journey!.....And if you are here at the right time, you can witness them at the Falls viewpoint.
The time to be here is from the 3rd week in August to Mid September, with the peak being in the 1st week of September.
No fishing is allowed.
For those of you who are not aware of who Terry Fox was, here is some info........
"Terry Fox lost a leg to bone cancer, but undertook to run across Canada to raise funds for cancer research. He completed 5,375 km before illness forced him to end his run. His valiant effort against incredible odds touched the hearts of all Canadians and people around the world. Terry died on June 28, 1981. The mountain that bears his name will serve forever as an enduring and fitting memorial to a young Canadian's determination, selflessness, and courage."
The park was officially dedicated September 22, 1981 by the family of Terry Fox and the people of British Columbia.
A Highway 16 viewpoint 7 km west of Mt. Robson west gate provides a view of the mountain, has some gardens and strong binoculars.
Moose Lake was our next point of interest after the Mt. Robson visitor centre. This is a huge lake. The day was dull, so not a nice photo, no Mountain reflections!
Once again, we were looking for Moose, we told they hang out in the marshes on the edge of the Lake, and once again, NO LUCK!
The lake has 2 Boat ramps, and is meant to be good fishing.
The Berg Lake Trail is a long 2 day trail. We couldn't do this, so walked quite a way and thoroughly enjoyed the beautiful scenery.
It begins,2 kms from the Visitor Centre. If you do the whole trek, you see lakes, rivers and waterfalls, glaciers, forests and alpine meadows and stay at campgrounds along the 22km route. Those intending to hike the Berg Lake Trail need to register and pay camping.
Do part of the trail like we did, it is well worth it. We didn't run into any wildlife, thankgoodness, it looked like Bear marks on some Trees.
The Mount Robson Park Visitor Centre is located at the park's western entrance, a must stop.
From the centre, there is a wonderful view of Mount Robson, the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies,..........We had a look, then headed into the Visitor Centre for some more information on what to see & do.
The centre has all this information, plus more.
We found of interest, a measure of the height of a Moose where we could stand alongside, and see just how big a Moose can grow. It is HUGE!..... Way bigger than we ever thought!
The only services within the park are a gas station complex at the Viewpoint where you can buy a cup of coffee.
From May to September, the visitor centre is open...........
May 7 to June 18 - 8am to 5pm
June 19 to Sept 6 - 8am to 7pm
Sept 7 to 30 - 8am to 5pm
Oct 1 to 12 - 9am to 4pm
After departing from Jasper we followed route 16 through Yellowhead Pass to Mt. Robson.
This Pass, was one of the most important native and fur-trading routes across the Rockies.
It is the boundary between Jasper and Mount Robson parks, Alberta and British Columbia, and Mountain and Pacific time zones.
Important to remember "set your watch back one hour."
At Yellowhead Lake we stopped and read the notice board and had a look at the pretty Lake. Moose are often spotted here, so we looked for them, but were not lucky in seeing any. Dawn and dusk are the best times, so we were a little too late in the morning.
This road was not as scenic as some we had previously travelled, the Railway followed the road, and the views were of lots of Fir trees with Mountains in the distance.
An isolated wooden hut is placed on the east end of Berg Lake with a straight sight to the glacier... there are a heater and some benchs and tables inside... there is enough space for sleep there despite no bunk beds.. but a sleeping bad is right .. i reckon it as the best place to spend the night before some hikes around Mt Robson before to get there in one day from the visitors center
I met two couples of young canadians there who were practising snowing and hiking in the are for a week or something like that.. they climbed in two days and were so surprised that i did in just 5h 30 ' but its my way of enjoty the mountains. I spend 30 min chating, eating of my supplies when i took a glimpse to the sky.. was time to get out and hurry away .. the sky gots a lead-coloured that makes me go away ,...snow was starting to falling after some sun glimpses.. so i came back thinking in coming back next year (2008) and spend the night just there and check more trails from there.
The way back was so stenous.. snow falling for quite a long time and the last kilometers from kinney lake to parking lot under a heavy shower when my right knee and ankle hurted me so much !! such a great effort ..
And a last curiosity.. 500m before the parking lot i crossed by some japanese girls who were hiking up.. it was 6.30pm (almost dark) and raining enough to stop and come back.. i didnt understand where they're going in that weather conditions but they were japanese so could be a kinney lake attempt to stopover in the primitive campsite..
After 6km that dont demand so much effort you reach the primitive campground and Kinney lake... this is the second stage.. the easiest one. The path runs along the lake in a loop way...the first part of the lake shore climbs the slope during some time gaining height and at the other end run down swiftly..all that with stunning views to the high peaks ahead, white and plenty of snow and shinned by the morning sun. this gap its for 4 km (from 6th to 9th)..looks shorter but it get some time reach the other end... there's also a campsite at km 7 just in front of the river with no facilities and nobody was there when i passed by.. Almost at the end of the lake the path raises up over the lake with some inner small lakes on the right side... before to lay down to a peeble streams that die into the lake... some metallic bridges will help u to pass over that streams in a beautifull landmark. At this point you are crossing the head of the lake from east to west to reach this merge of the river and keep on going gaining height ...
The path that follows the lake shore is fascinating and the views of the glacier are impressive.. despite cold snow and chilly wind...the lenght aprox 1km deserves the effort ..besides i could see lot of wildlife marks on the snow.. i guess bears indeed, goats and others...totally alone there was a little bit scary and thrilling at the same time..
And here it is .. after just 5h hiking up we reach the west end Berg Lake. The flat but long valley that we thread before is such an amazing scenario...mountain to the left and to the right and the chilly wind blowing and cutting your face.. luckily that day wasnt so cold but has to be extremmelly hard with the frozen wind blowing on your face.. to dont lose your track there are piles of rocks every 200 meters, the snow hide the path and its hard to follow it properly.. after 400 or 500 meters you reach the forest rim where some wooden bridges brings you to the last campground.. more equipped but empty on that time.. just in front, nodding your head you can behold the turquoise Berg Lake waters and the glacier falling down.. impressive one with the helmet on your left and Mount Robson over it.. you feel such a liitle thing amidst all impressive landmark.. and i felt proud of myself to be there in less time that i could imagine. Reach that place that i was pipe-dreaming for long time before get there... so i decided to go ahead and explore the east end
These pictures were taken amidst km 18-21 ..first and second are taken looking backwards walking by a heavy rocky slope by the snow over the flat valley. Strolling alone i didnt hear anything, no noises, no wildlife..just your breath ... was absolutelly terrific and amazing, such a quietness. Going ahead after take that bend i talked before you can see the glacier falling down from Robson Mt. and just in front of you a long and wide valley where the path leads jumping the tiny stream that leads u to the plain valley
Few meters after the open campsite you find this river bend where you get a great panorama overview beneath Mount Robson.. cloudy and foogy looked scary but in a sunny day will be glorious and impressive. On this part of the trail you are feeling anxious to get to the lake and behold the views that you watched before by Tv or Goggle Earth.. but there's a last effort to do ... the berg lake meadows
Emperor falls is located on km 17 ..just after there's a last steep part and after that the path become smoother and lighter.. Just on km 18 there's other open air campsite amidst the pine and fir trees.. no facilities at all.. its just a vivac campground with tiny parcels to install your tent... the path follows the stream where u can make pictures like that on Mount Robson shadows