Above distance and time is one way to Berg Lake. The Berg Lake Trail toward (Emperor Falls) and beyond is one of the most popular hiking trails in the Rockies. You would be hard pressed to find a more picturesque hike with scenery on a such a grand scale; big trees, waterfalls, canyons, glaciers, and snow-capped mountains are around every turn. The first 6-7km to Kinney Lake can be mountain biked and would be rated as being easy to moderate. The trail gets a bit more difficult as it progresses beyond Kinney Lake
The hike is in the shadow of Mt. Robson, the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies at 3954m. The trail starts off at the parking area 2km behind the visitor center (and cafe) at the top of Mt. Robson pass off the Yellowhead highway. Gas, camping, and a cafe convenience store are located nearby.
The trail is well marked (although you can download our GPS track to the Ranger station), and the hike progresses in several stages, appropriate for various abilities. The first stage of the hike takes you on a very wide and well marked trail to Kinney lake. Big trees, some interpretive signs, and rushing water characterize the first 5km. 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.
Mountain bikers can carry on a little further around the lake until they see a bike lock-up. You must continue on from there by foot, and you'll see a sign for two options at the metal bike rack. You can take the rocky boulder-strewn flood plain in the lowlands (not always passable, but shorter and easier), or, take the longer trail on the higher ground. Both reconnect with the main trail at the end of the lake (and a larger bridge). Shortly afterward you'll face an uphill section, with switchbacks, which flattens out and carries on for a few more kilometers to the Ranger station and Whitehorn Campground -- near the suspension bridge. This is a great day one stop. You must reserve your campsite with BC parks.
The next stage continues on 1 km beyond the campground and then 4km of daunting steep uphill towards Berg Lake via Emperor Falls. Lots of lookouts. You are in the valley of 1000 Falls. When you reach Berg lake you are treated to views of Mt. Robson and the Emperor Face. You can also watch the Glacier calf into the water. There is primitive camping and a BC Parks hut at Berg Lake. Many smaller day hikes are available from here; to the toe of the Robson Glacier for one.
Although some people go to Berg Lake on day one, consider making it a two-day hike (biking to the 7km point helps a bit) and, you'll want a full day or two at Berg Lake, minimum. Although the trail is easy to follow, this is wilderness, and be prepared for weather changes, bugs, and wildlife (i.e. bears). Bring your first aid gear, sunscreen, good boots, food, and lots of water even if you are not spending the night.
The attached GPS points can be viewed as a mini-map (click download GPS) and then download for entry into your own GPS if desired. Waypoint 5 is part way up the 4km climb to Emperor falls -- no further points were collected. Pics courtesy of Robert Boyko and Kurt Turchan and others.
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Posted By: KaNaDiaN
- Sun Jan 24 06:17:06 UTC 2016
UpsideNot a lot of city tourists past the Kinney Lake DownsideThe Switch backs are monotonous and grueling. CommentI've done the Berg Lake Trail 10 times in the last 15 years and have enjoyed every visit, each was unique in its own way with different people, weather, day hikes and animal encounters.
I'd recommend this trail to anyone looking for a pristine view of the mountains without any connection to the outside world.
Posted By: Animal-lee
- Mon Jul 15 21:34:37 UTC 2013
UpsideBeautiful and challenging terrain. Well marked trails, good camp sites and you will meet lots of people from all over the world. DownsideYou're in the mountains, so between weather and not having the necessities... there can be a lot of down sides. Take your time & plan ahead. CommentI've done this trail twice already, usually in one day since I have dogs and they are not allowed over night on the trail. Its a good 12 hrs of steady hiking and a couple hrs relaxing at Berg Lake to complete both ways in one day. Next week we will leave the dogs at home and spend 5 days on the trail and do some exploring! Looking forward to the well deserved slow hike on the trail!
Posted By: Rugrat
- Sun Sep 23 15:43:02 UTC 2012
UpsideVery nice hike through old growth BC Cedar forest DownsideNever experienced any as far as I went. CommentIt was my first hiking experience and was not equipped to go further than Finney Lake. I have caught the bug and plan to go on to Berg Lake next trip this way.
Posted By: mountainmama2011
- Tue Jun 26 12:48:26 UTC 2012
QuestionHi I have read a lot on this hike but still it is not clear to me... is this a hike in, hike out trail? Or do people make logistical arrangements to hike in, get off the trail and have transport waiting at Berg Lake? I guess my question is... Is there a trail point in which you can get off at Berg Lake or do you have to come back to the true trailhead?
ANSWERS are in this forum: Logistics
Posted By: pugsley
- Mon Aug 30 18:20:15 UTC 2010
Questionplanning to solo the trip over 5 or 6 days starting Sep 6th. Any tips re: weather, day vs nights, % chance of snow? Am I okay with good boots with grippy coils if it snows or should I take snowshoes in case? My tent/sleeping bag are not lightweight (medium light weight) so hoping to not need snowshoes.ANSWERS are in this forum: september weather
Posted By: Treena724
- Sun May 02 19:42:48 UTC 2010
QuestionMy Dad and I are looking to do this hike during the 1st week of June 2010. Is the trail open and passable without snowshoes. If not do you have any suggestions for us.ANSWERS are in this forum: June trail conditions
Posted By: Tyler17
- Fri Mar 05 04:12:29 UTC 2010
UpsideNothing bad about this hike great in August. Went during august long weekend. We stayed for 5 days and it was amazing. Snowbird Pass and Toboggan Falls are great day hikes very rewarding. CommentAmazing, amazing, amazing.
Posted By: klshep
- Sun Jan 24 14:47:24 UTC 2010
Questionanyone hiked it in the last week of August? Is this a good time to go? What's the weather like at that time of year?ANSWERS are in this forum: time of year
Posted By: kldaku
- Wed Sep 09 04:02:36 UTC 2009
UpsideAbsolutely beautiful. Did all the day hikes up there and I recommended everything. If you go up to Toboggan Falls, you have to go to the caves. However, the distance is a bit longer than described. DownsideThe weather changes very suddenly, so be prepared at all times. Make reservations and honour them. Many people, at least when we were there, did not bother to notify the office they were not coming or came down early, thus many of the spots at the Berg Lake campground were empty. CommentAbsolutely awesome!!
Posted By: hikinggma
- Wed Aug 26 03:26:32 UTC 2009
UpsideSuperb vistas, incredible galciers, exposure to international hikers DownsideAll 4 seasons in one day! (in mid August) Report stated visitors center didn't open til 10 am, so we went at 9:30; it in fact opened at 8:00 am and we almost missed the last campsite for our desired campground! Many were turned away "campground full", but due to rainy weather (?), there were in fact a number of vacancies each night. Commenta trip to remember. Found site descriptions and tidbits helpful. Trail is well-maintained, beautiful, wood chip covered tent sites, compost toilets and secure bear containers - terrific!
Posted By: alexian
- Mon Jul 13 04:38:44 UTC 2009
QuestionThe phone number to reserve a campsite on this trail is 1-800-689=9025. A reservation costs $6.95. You can also walk in to the visitor center and get a campsite, but the trail is pretty busy and reservation is a safer way to go. (I think you can also reserve on the website : www.discovercamping.ca but I found it a frustrating web site to get around and the phone reservation was a lot easier.ANSWERS are in this forum: phone number for reservations
Posted By: Jaegermiester7
- Thu Jun 11 17:26:39 UTC 2009
QuestionHey, I have been looking everywhere and cannot find the phone number that you have to call if you want to reserve pads at the campsites, Does anybedy know what it is or where to find it??ANSWERS are in this forum: Trailhead Phone Number
Posted By: RatFree
- Sun Apr 26 13:35:05 UTC 2009
CommentLogan is the highest mountain in Canada - but it's not in the Rockies. The review says that Robson is the highest "in the Canadian Rockies". It's also a lot easier to get to than Logan! :-)
Posted By: delorespoppe
- Sun Feb 22 03:25:46 UTC 2009
QuestionHow many months ahead can you book a campsite on the Berg lake trail and what is the reservation number/website.ANSWERS are in this forum: campsite booking:
Posted By: vegastar
- Thu Jan 08 18:32:26 UTC 2009
CommentI've done this trail twice, both times in early spring, when there was thigh-deep snow up at Berg Lake. Since I was on quick business trips from Toronto to Edmonton, both times I hiked up to the Berg Lake glacier and back down to the car park in one day, when no one else was on the trail. So it is certainly possible to do the entire hike up and back in one day if your time is limited or you can't get a campsite reservation.
The walk in to Kinney lake is pleasant but, frankly, tedious waiting to get to the good stuff. Great views past Kinney Lake, although it's a very strenuous climb up to Berg Lake. This really is a superb hike.
Posted By: mmcphail
- Sun Aug 10 18:52:16 UTC 2008
UpsideGood trail, with very nice scenery. The trail is pretty easy going from the trail head to Whitehorn and then from Emperor to Robson Pass. The middle section does have some good uphill/downhill sections and footing can be tricky, if it has been wet due to the high traffic. DownsidePopular, so you encounter lots of other people CommentThe Hargreaves Glacier to Mumm Basin trail is worth the extra side trip if you have time. There are a couple steep ascents/descents at the each end, but the vista is great.
Posted By: DMP
- Fri Feb 29 10:15:30 UTC 2008
UpsideTop to bottom non-stop scenery. Pass by teal blue lakes and waterfalls all the way to the destination. From the camps at the top (Berg Lake, Marmot, RearGuard) there are many spectacular days hikes ranging from just a few KM to 20km DownsideA couple fairly steep acents to hike towards the end CommentI loved this trip. We made it from the bottom in the parking area to Marmot (campsite at lower end of Berg Lake [21km]) in just under 6hours. This included taking lots of pictures on the hike up and stopping for a few small rests.
Posted By: konadawg
- Sun Sep 09 15:40:56 UTC 2007
UpsideFor mountain biking the 8 km to Kinney lake is a great family trail with wonderful sites. DownsideIt would be nice to bike further if possible. Comment5star rating
Posted By: tradonald
- Thu May 24 05:10:18 UTC 2007
UpsideWe had Great weather during the day but early eavening turned rainy. Day hut at Berg lake is great for cooking and hanging out in bad weather The Falls along the trail are fantastic Downsidelower section can be quite a busy trail go during the week CommentSpend an extra day at Berg Lake and take a day hike to Snowbird Pass. Although we had a little snow and strong winds it was well worth the extra day.
Posted By: ranger_eric
- Sat Oct 15 19:02:21 UTC 2005
CommentThe first bit to Kinney Lake is a nice day hike, very easy any one can do it.
Posted By: Desiree
- Wed Jun 29 04:24:53 UTC 2005
Upsideeverything is an upside it was an awsome montain to climb amd we had extremlly good weather for this trip and sun Downsidenothing Commentit was so much fun. this was the first backpacking trip that i went to. i did it with my school and it was a blast. it is a really awsome trail to do.
Posted By: toonces
- Sat Apr 09 05:32:38 UTC 2005
CommentMount Logan is in the St. Elias Mountain range.
Posted By: toad
- Sat Oct 04 21:52:58 UTC 2003
UpsideTo answer the ?, Mt Logan is in the Yukon. We spent 5 days in the park and loved it. Big Mts, big glaciers, big waterfalls, big everything Downsideweather was foul, very popular CommentAwsome mountain, pick great weather. Snowbird pass (from Berg Lake)requires another day. day
Posted By: Marcuso
- Mon May 19 16:36:21 UTC 2003
CommentIsn't mount logan the tallest peak??
Posted By: Shaga
- Sat Sep 15 01:12:47 UTC 2001
Commentmtn. bikes I'm doing an informative speech on mtn. bikes. Does anyone know of the 3 top bikes/brand name and possibly the price range. If not what do u prefer to ride and why?