Floe Lake / Numa Pass


Trip Details
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Trip Date: 
Friday, July 5, 2013
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Trip Report

As part of our ascent of Numa Mountain, we chose a circular route which took us down from Numa Pass, past Floe Lake and back out to the trailhead. This trip report is for the Floe Lake / Numa Pass hike in case you're not a peakbagger but a hiker! :)

The trail is easy enough to find - simply follow hwy 93 to (or from) Radium and look for the Floe Lake trailhead sign. The trail starts off quite easy through open (burnt) forest. It parallels the highway for a bit before crossing Floe Creek and switchbacking up a steep slope until you're high on the north side of the creek. The next 4 or 5 kilometers are on the side of Numa Mountain with excellent views of the surrounding mountains / creek and TONS of wild flowers.

As the valley narrows before a steep headwall to the lake the trail gets a bit overgrown. It's still obvious where to go, but the bushes, shrubs and growth starts to choke out the trail a bit. As you gain the steep headwall you may encounter another issue - avalanche debris. When we hiked this trail in July of 2013 it was choked with fresh debris from winter avalanches. I'm sure it'll be cleared soon enough, but this section is tough enough without going over, around and under dense masses of broken trees and debris! With an over night back pack this section will not be fun until it's cleared!

The lake is definately worth the work (almost 700 meters of height gain!). Great camp sites and a beautiful lake with an imposing peak (Floe Peak) towering above makes for a very nice experience. Above the lake is a larch forest which lights up every September. Hiking to Numa Pass involves an extra 3km distance and 300 meters height gain but this is where the work really starts to pay off in 'view dividends'. A huge larch forest, towering Foster and Floe Peaks and views all around make this a must-do if you're in the area.

The way back to the car will be long and tiring but the memories will last a long time. A highly recommended hike for either early summer (flowers) or fall (larches).

[Right from the parking lot the forest is open.]


[The bridge crossing Floe Creek before the trail switchbacks high above the creek.]

[Wild White Geranium]




[The trail provides wonderful views thanks to the open, burnt out forest. This is also why there's so many flowers. The Boom Lake trail, by comparison, is the same aspect but has almost no wildflowers due to the thick tree cover there.]

[Looking up a steep avalanche chute.]

[The trail traverses some steep terrain.]

[Leafy Aster]

[Foster Peak comes into view.]

[The steep headwall trail is slightly washed out in short sections.]

[Many waterfalls enroute.]

[The trail starts gettign steeper.]

[This is the avy debris on the steep headwall before Floe Lake. It's a tough section to hike through.]


[The lake is worth the battle!! Click for full size. Floe Peak towering in the background.]

[The warden's cabin by Floe Lake]

[The Numa Pass trail, above Floe Lake]

[Alpine Spring Beauty]

[The larch forest]

[High above Floe Lake now, larches all over the place up here!]

[Western Anemone]

[Very close to Numa Pass]

[This is what makes the pass a worthwhile hike! Looking back at Floe Lake and Peak. Click for full size.]

[The pass area]

[Telephoto of Floe Lake]

[A pano from the false summit of Numa Mountain, high above Floe Lake and Numa Pass showing Floe and Foster Peaks. Click for full size.]

[On descent - you can see how choked up the creek is beneath the headwall due to avalanche debris and dead timber.]


[Alpine Willowherb]

[The shrubs and bushes almost obliterate the trail in places! Find the hikers...]

[Further down the terrain opens up again.]



[The Indian Paintbrushes are mostly pink on this trail - 'normally' these are red.]

[Western Canada Violet]


[Carpets of Twinflower]

[Pink Wintergreen]

[Yellow Mountain Aven]

[Wild Rose]

[This time it's an orange Indian Paintbrush!]


[Wild Daisy]

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