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Panorama from near the shelter

Berg Lake
Mount Robson Park,B.C.
October 9-11, 1999

Berg Lake is such an outstanding destination that according to Don't Waste Your Time in the Rockies, the trail to it “is the most heavily traveled in the Canadian Rockies.” The lake is in Mount Robson Park, and the park's namesake is the highest mountain in the Canadian Rockies.

Despite Berg Lake's popularity, we saw few people on our trip. That's because we went on the Thanksgiving weekend when temperatures dipped below freezing and snow lay on the ground. Indeed, we saw maybe a half a dozen other people, two of whom biked in and out in one day.

With me were Pete, Roberta, Carolyn and two couples. Roberta invited me and I invited Pete. I didn't know the others but I was impressed when I learned that one of the couples, Jeremy and Fiona, had been to Berg Lake over 50 times! Carolyn had hiked it 20 times.

On Friday evening of the long weekend, Pete, Roberta and I drove to Mount Robson Park and camped near the trailhead. The following morning we met the rest of our group and started up the 21-km trail to Berg Lake. All was dry at the trailhead, but when we came to Emperor Falls we found the trees covered in snow. When we reached the campground at Berg Lake, we had climbed nearly 800 m above the trailhead. The place was deserted.

Unlike the others, Pete and I didn't set up a tent. Instead we spread out our sleeping bags on tables in the cook shelter. We had a fire going in the stove so it was considerably warmer than outside. Snug in this cabin, I expected to sleep soundly after the day's exertion, but I woke a few times to the sound of a pack rat scurrying about as well the occasional mouse running over me.

The following day, Pete, Roberta, Carolyn, Jeremy, Fiona and I hiked up Toboggan Creek Trail to Toboggan Falls. Unfortunately clouds filled the sky, obscuring what must be grand views on a clear day. But we were glad to take in whatever scenery we could before returning to the cook shelter for a Thanksgiving dinner.

The next day, the clouds had lifted and we had clear skies. We stopped to photograph Mount Robson in the morning light before heading back.


The trail passes Kinney Lake


Ranger station


Falls of the Pool


White Falls


Pete and Roberta take a break


Crossing a bridge


Emperor Falls


Closer look at Emperor


Berg Glacier and Berg Lake


Hargreaves Shelter


Rearguard Mountain


Breakfast in the shelter


A bear broke into this ranger station and ate all the candy and sugar as well as chewed
chewed up the cookware (mouse over). We found its scat which included a
green garbage bag.


Setting off for Toboggan Creek Trail


Jeremy points to an ancient engraving: Alpine Club of Canada, Aug 10, 1911


A cloud-covered Mount Robson and Berg Lake


In the background, Robson Glacier feeds a small lake


Taking a break


Toboggan Creek


Toboggan Falls


Thanksgiving turkey dinner at the cook shelter. Jeremy fished out a chunk of ice from
Berg Lake and melted it for water. The glacier ice was likely hundreds of years old.


On the morning of the third day we had a clear view of Mount Robson (mouse over for a close-up)


Standing: me, Roberta, ?. Sitting or kneeling: Pete, ?, Jeremy, Carolyn, Fiona


Heading back


Another look at Emperor Falls

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