Rohr Lake sits on an alpine bench north east of Mount Rohr, in the Cayoosh Range. It's a beautiful, uncrowded hike, conveniently starting from a high point on the Duffy Lake Road, and takes you through steep trees quickly into alpine meadows below long ridge lines.
After parking your car, hike up the road, staying left at the obvious intersections. Shortly after crossing a large creek coming off Rohr, the trail starts to go up steeply through a series of switch backs. At the large sign post, take the trail to the right towared Rohr. The left trail will take you to the Marriott Basin (Wendy Thompson Cabin).
The trail climbs up through trees to an alpine meadow. Going straight (east) will climb up steeply through a boulder field along a feintly marked/cairned trail to another rocky alpine meadow. From here the trail wanders south through boulder strewn marmot country, past a small lake on your left, and gains Lake Rohr's north western banks.
Alternatively, halfway along the lower alpine meadow on the right, a trail climbs steeply up the right side of a boulder field. The is the recommended route, I suspect because it is more visable and so easier to follow. It is, however, very steep, and can get quite muddy and treacherous when wet. It is nearly always wet.
There is a camp ground at the western end of the lake, right of where the trails arrive at Rohr Lake. There are few flat tent spots, some shaded from the morning sun, and fires are possible, though not advised. There are a few additional tent spots on the other side of the creek. The lake is clear as a bell, allowing you to see the beautiful rainbow trout in the shallows.
The summit of Mount Rohr is easily accessible from it's north eastern ridge. Heading around to the eastern end of the lake, follow a small creek east through morraine and summer snow fields to gain the ridge. Follow the ridge to gain the peak from the obvious line north of the Rohr Summit, or pick your way through cliff bands to gain the ridge south of the summit, then climb east through steeper ground and cliff bands to the summit. The views from the summit are some of the most spectaculur you'll get in this area, the Mt Joffre, Vantage, Mattier, Cayoosh, the Place Glacier group, Marriott, ...
Another side trip gains the ridge north east of Rohr Lake. From there (or from the trail just west below the ridge) you can wander north seemingly endlessly towards the Marriott Basin and Mount Marriott, or drop down east into Haylmore Creek with it's stunning alpine lakes at the creek's headwaters.
The bugs can be really bad, so bring nets or lots of deet. This area does not draw the crowds, and is really worth the visit. The camp ground is three to four hours hike from the car, the summit of Mt Rohr is a couple of additional hours from there. You can do this as a long day trip, but it's an amazing place to spend some time exploring.
On Hwy 99, drive east of Pemberton, passing through the small town of Mt Curry. Turn right, staying on Hwy 99, passing the northern shores of Lillouet Lake. Drive up the steep hill of the Duffy Lake Road, past the Joffre Lakes signs. A little further on you will go over the summit of Cayoosh pass, and then head down to a bridge crossing Cayoosh Creek. Very shortly afterwards you will see a dirt road on your left, heading north along the eastern banks of Cayoosh Creek. Turn left here. (If you miss this track, you will soon pass a BC roads work shed on the right) You can either park at the first available spot on the dirt road, or if you have good vehicle clearence, and are not worried overly about your paint work, you can head further up the road where there are numerous places to park a few cars.
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Posted By: hikinganthony
- Wed Aug 17 16:26:01 UTC 2016
UpsideBeautiful hike, amazing views, lake is great DownsideHorrible trail. This is NOT a moderate level trial, I would put it at Advanced. The second half of the hike to the lake an insanely steep grade where the trail is impossible to follow, you're bound to get lost, and you're scrambling over huge boulders with the only break between them composed of ankle-high mud. It is NOT an easy or leisurely hike, be prepared to be tested.
The hike to the peak is also very trying, though at leat not muddy. There is no trail, just boulders, but yes its worth the view. CommentI loved this hike, so glad we did it, but we prepared ourselves based on this trail description and were caught waayyyyy off guard. This hike is pretty gruelling if you're not mentally prepared to get muddy, tired as hell, and most likely lost for a while.
Posted By: jtlewis
- Tue Aug 07 04:48:20 UTC 2012
CommentThe last ascent to the lake (~200metres) is a very steep, wet and quite muddy scramble.<BR>We camped at the lake and there was no snow (Aug 4-6, 2012). <BR>I lost my digital camera at Rohr lake, a black Casio Exilim H10. If found please call/text 778 688 5046 or jtmiro(at)gmail. Thx!<BR>
Posted By: trailrunner
- Thu Sep 15 23:56:04 UTC 2011
Upside Beautiful varying view from nice forest floor, meadows, lake, alpine area, then other high glacier peaks. Nice good grip on boulder hopping. Downside Trails branches out into many at lake area and steep muddy area and could cause large time loss. There is no trail after some point, so go there only on clear day. Comment SUMMARY; I found Mt Rohr is a quick easy access scrambling that is suitable for beginners, though there are many small diverting trails disappear quickly to let you astray especially during descent. The trail is pretty all the way. The view from the top is outstanding, the Rohr lake itself is a worthy visit. With this description, hopefully beginners like me feel comfortable ascending this beautiful uncrowded mountain.
TIME; Trailhead to peak was 1hr 45mins including 12mins photo stops(35mins to the lake). Return was 1hr 58mins including 10mins photo stops and about 30-35mins got lost at the lake area and long muddy section. All sections when there is mud free trail exists it is runnable. Scrambling is mostly runnable but on ascend only. If kept to the trail as much as possible, fast runner can do 1hr 15mins uphill, 1hr to 1hr 5mins downhill.
ACCESS TO TRAILHEAD To access trailhead, the turn off narrow old logging road to the left is 26k from Mt Currie reserve on Duffy lake road, but easiest way is to see the first hwy maintenance station on your right then turn back 200m.
A 2k long access road is to be kept on left at the forks till the end. Two sections of mud and one large rock sticking out on the right. Trail head parking is only 2 car spaces. Next 3-car-parking-space is about 100m back. Only high clearance 4x4 is recommended for access.
TRAILHEAD TO ROHR LAKE The trail starts with the old road for 100m and becomes a nice foot trail. There is a clear sign for Marriott meadows or Rohr Lake at the junction.
It is a nice fast trail with several easy mudsections until you go past the first meadow to go uphill on the right. The ascend from this meadow to the lake is mostly a creek bed shared 300m long mud steep section and is the most challenging section of the entire trail/route. Also there are many branchout trails at this section and quite confusing.
Rohr Lake is clear and blue. I saw some nice big fish. The trail again breaks up into many at the left side of the lake, but keep with the most well treaded ones as I got lost on the way back twice with less treaded ones. The main trail goes along near the side of the lake.
ROHR LAKE TO STEEP INCLINE ALPINE BOWL When you go past the lake, the trail becomes clear sometimes, branches out into many and fades away other times. But basic direction in progression is up the bowl on the left side while aiming to arrive at the right ridge to reach the peak. This might involve a short to long snow field crossing so bring an iceaxe or use long narrow rocks found at the trail to function as makeshift iceaxes(which I always do) to hold on your both hands.
STEEP INCLINE ALPINE BOWL TO PEAK As you go up in steep incline, there would be a large rock blocks you need to negotiate. Go around that on the right then moved to the right ridge then ascend to the peak along the ridge. You reach the ridge, you will find another trail coming up along the ridge from below. I kept to the right end of the ridge to ascend. Good straight forward way for a beginner. There are many false summits.
Posted By: arkitekt
- Sun Jul 11 22:20:37 UTC 2010
UpsideExtremely easy access to the Alpine, and a great hike that can be done in a day, or else set up camp at the lake and venture farther afield for a variety of day hikes. Decent looking trout in the lake might make a good meal if you can catch one and regs permit. CommentIn July 2009, snow had cleared almost entirely, save a patch on the north facing side of the bowl as you climb to the summit of Mt Rohr.
Early July 2010, and the lake was still covered in a thin layer of snow and ice, and everything else was blanketed in 1-2 metres of snow. Still beautiful, but tricky climb up the last stretch to the lake.