Last summer, a group of 6 of us decided to take a single night trip to Floe Lake from August 7 to 8. We deemed this out “redemption trip” after being rained out on our third day along the Rockwall and never making it to the lake in 2019. This hike is a 19.3 km out and back trail that can be done as a day hike (though I would certainly recommend staying at the backcountry site if you are able to book it!).

The valley on the way into Floe Lake.

The hike is long but moderate for the majority of the trail. We gained elevation at the beginning of the trail through a short series of switchbacks, then maintains this elevation until the last 2 kilometres. We ate lunch along the side of the trail, between the on and off spurts of rain. The valley here was filled with burned forest, a sparse number of trees still standing and making an eerie whistle in the wind. The aftermath of the fire however, left the slopes covered in bright purple fireweed, one of my personal favourite wildflowers. The mountains are quite spectacular through this valley corridor. There are a number of creek crossings as well, so stay aware and step carefully through these areas.

The view of the final ascent to Floe Lake.

The trail heads into the tree during this final ascent, but the view from the bottom of this last elevation gain looks like something out of Lord of the Rings, with its magical and mystical landscape. These last 2 km are certainly the most difficult, so pace yourself well.

Once you reach the top of the trail, we hiked through a beautiful alpine meadow of wildflowers. Though the valley below was spectacular, this may have been the most gorgeous part of the hike.

The meadow at the top of the trail.
* Note: we had switched to day packs after setting up camp to explore the area.

Though we could have wished for better weather (the Rockwall seems to catch clouds and hold on to them), the hike itself was incredible. The views, the wildflowers, and the lake were breathtaking. If you wish to do this trip I would leave you with two main pieces of advice. First, bring lots of layers and full rain gear, as the weather changes rapidly and was colder around the lake than it was on the hike up or down. Second, store boots and poles in your tent, as porcupines in the area are known for being attracted to salty rubbers, and will eat your shoes!

Finally hike safe and hike smart and enjoy the beauty that the Rockies have to offer!

Floe Lake itself! Can you find me and my blue rain jacket?

Published by immersivetraveller

I am a recent graduate with a BA in Honours English. I enjoy creative writing and language learning as well as travelling and exploring.

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  1. Hi, thanks for sharing. I enjoyed that same multi-day hike way back in 1992. Glad to see the stunning views unchanged. Safe travels!

    Tony M

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