Here it is.. after a strenous hike up we get an impressive overview.. the path gets a fork to the right and a 100m straight beneath a lush trees forest leads you from it to the bottom of the fall.. that can be touched by your hand..if you dare .. The roaring is so hard and the view to the valley that u have throdden before.. i stay there for a while beholding the show under a light snow falling over me one more time
The path grows steeply from Fall of the Pools to Emperor Falls ..you can hear the roaring river in the distance hidden by a rock formation in front of you.. looks like a inner rocky stream that connect both waterfalls. The terrain changes from a wide path to calcarian rocky that leads to a small and nice bridge over the rocks .. its like a maze.. it means that u are getting to the top of that cliff started on the first waterfalls after crossing the river
A little bit upwards you will find another sign called Fall of the pools.. its a loop path to the right of the main trail. its forbidden but its possible to climb down a little bit to take better pictures but be aware of the slippery mood land if its wet.. At this part the path becomes smoother despite a last effort with a rocky steps tremendous steep .. its a hard part but the last one before meet Emperor's fall. the final and more amazing fall ..the big one
I remember such a beautiful landmark.. a really hard steep path with the river roaring below and a light snow was falling down over the forest and over me, sweating but unforgettable time... all those kilometers from 11.5 to aproximatelly 17 were terrible.. at some bends as u can take a look on my pictures you can behold the river and its waterfalls.
Beyond Whitehorn campground, a short flat section of trail leads to yet a third bridge across the river and the start of the hardest part of the hike. For 2 miles the trail climbs steeply, gaining more than half of the 2600 foot elevation gain to Berg Lake in a single push
This part of the hike offers spectacular scenario over the white falls with the risky chance to arrive to the bottom of the fall but its just a rest because the switchback path requires an extra effort for quite a long time and distance.. Its the hardest part and there's also an area where u have to go faster due to rock falling from the wall.. so it doesnt help to be safe and take your time..luckily its just 100 meters and two bends
Once you crossed the streams that end at kinney lake you will find a forest on the left merge of the river..the path raises up abruptly in a two or three switchbacks ...its so steep and require a heavy effort. the path keep on going amidst the forest with the river growning and growling hundred meters down there... this strenous part end in a tibetan bridge over the river where you can take a look to the small ranger station, in front of that there's other campsite with a saw to get wood and a nice shelter with tables and so on... there's a map of situation at any campsite.. so u can see where you are .. what is coming and the elevation gained and ahead.
the first and third pictures are on this area looking backwards...after passing the campsite and going ahead
the second one was taken from the middle of the tibetan bridge looking ahead
I woke up in Jasper YH at 4.30 am that morning under still dark and snowy dawn. Temperature was -6 degrees... sounded like a nice and shiny day perfect for hiking (lol)
So i took my frozen car towards Jasper junction and turned left towards Tete Jaune Cache (BC). the snow was stronger and my thoughts of hiking that day even worse.. but just passed Moose lake... and arriving to rangers station stopped snowing.. was like a miracle... I arrived to the parking lot at 6am and i took my little backpack with the essencial to spend a say in the mountain.. a torchlight, 1.5 litre of water, some energetic food, raincoat (so useful), camera, and some dry socks. I was ready for the worst (snow, frozen paths, rain) and i started to walk alone amidst a huge forest .. so so beautiful.. it was dawn so almost there wasnt any light and just some hidden sounds of wildlife. I was so eager to listen sounds of animals in front of me like bears.. i was so awake to avoid it because its hard to be alone in front of a bear.. i can figure out how could it be !! .. the path gains elevation during the 6 first kilometers where u find Mount Robson west face in front of you... the path runs along the river with smooth bends and some parts open to the air and others hidden beneath huge forest. This first part finishes on the first lake (Kinney Lake ).. At Kinney Lake, some 6km into the trail, there is a primitive campground, and a rest area. This is a nice destination for those out for a day hike.
Once in the ranger station i took the tiny road that leaded to the trail parking lot ..driving along a lush and wet forest i arrived to the end of this where I met two french canadian guys who explained me how was the trail and the chances to achieve my goal ...sounded scary cos they did in two days and i wanted to do it in just one....
I was reading and checking by internet all sort of information of this trail and the typical warnings and advises and i knew that i would have to wake so early in the morning .. the summary was 23kms one way with 900m grade among the parking lot and the cottage in Berg lake, with some diferent grade of elevation from plains paths around Berg lake and hard and stenous slopes like in the waterfalls gap.
here you can see a picture that i took from the information summary point just crossing the bridge over the river that will guide you all this hike from the parking to Berg lake.. on red the trail to follow passing by the first lake and several campgrounds
The day before i arrived to Jasper at noon after an amazing road from Lake Louise... my sole intention in that town was attempt to hike to Berg Lake. i didnt take a look to Medicine lake or others... i went to Jasper youth hostels located in the outskirts and after lunch i bought some stuff and some food.. this picture was taken during my scouting ride to the base camp. it was a long journey.. i didnt imagne it... distance was about 1h one way (54 miles) from Jasper trespassing Albera and British Columbia border. The road drives along a fascinating lake called Moose lake surrounded by mountains and lush trees and forests.. the road bend down before arriving in a long and straight down road .. and its just there...looking at east you can see the rocky.. a huge mole of rock and snow with cloud at the top ... was terrific... a ranger station welcomes you...(closed at this season) and a gas station ..also closed