20140831: Rockwall 43k (Kootenays, Great Divide)

The Rockwall Trail is a 55 km (34 mile) superlative-laden feast traversing three alpine passes through subalpine meadows and past impressive hanging glaciers. The trail’s defining feature is a single, massive limestone cliff, towering in some locations more than 900m (2953 feet) above the trail below. -Parks Canada

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We decided to start at Marble Canyon based on trail conditions reports. Due to time constraints (stopping to graze on blueberries and huckleberries, taking too many photos, very wet trail conditions below treeline, being out of shape, and general laziness) we ended up cutting out Floe Lake and doing a point to point in essentially a big “C” shape:

Marble Canyon loop -> Paint Pots -> Helmet/Ochre Jct -> Helmet Falls -> Tumbling Creek -> Numa Creek Trail back to the highway, for 43.6km total including a bit of a walk on the highway to get back to Marble Canyon.

Marble Canyon loop is a short (under 1km) loop that we ‘accidentally’ took while looking for the start of the Rockwall trail. I’d never been here before. Really nice. You can see Vermilion Peak in the background (winter trip posted here).

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We started off on a rainy morning; wet trail. We were soon soaked and muddy. Plenty of berries to be had though!
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The Helmet Falls warden cabin with the falls in the background
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Passing into the fire area from 2003 and finishing up at Numa Falls. We had everything from rain to hail to a teensy bit of sun. The trail is well marked the whole way; check conditions and closures prior to heading out. Tumbling Falls Trail and Paint Pots bridges have not been rebuilt yet.

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