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By Diane Spicer
I had the pleasure of doing a little Mount Robson hiking in the Mount Robson Provincial Park in British Columbia recently.
And I must say, I was very impressed (that doesn't happen easily).
What's so impressive about hiking in the Mt. Robson park?
You're about to find out!
This provincial park allows the magnificence of Mount Robson to do all the talking.
With good reason!
At 3,954 meters (or 12972 feet, if you prefer) this mountain ain't goin' nowhere for a long, long time.
Mt. Robson holds down the western entrance to the park, and you will find your eyes drawn again and again to its impossibly sheer, banded sides.
But that's just the beginning of the magnificence if you're planning to do any of the trails and routes.
For instance, there are glacier fed lakes to photograph.
On cloudy or rainy days, concentrate on the abundance of foliage and your chances of seeing deer, moose, black bear, grizzlies, mountain goats and mountain sheep.
There are at least 180 bird species to keep an eye on, too!
If you're on your way to any of the other fantastic hiking in this part of British Columbia (think Canadian Rockies), squeeze out at least a day to do part of the Berg Lake trail.
You won't make it all the way to Berg Lake (23 km or 14 miles) and back in a day, but you'll be able to parallel the mighty Robson River up to Kinney Lake.
If your legs are strong, you can continue on to skirt the edge of the lake for fantastic views straight up the sheer faces of Mt. Robson.
If you want to dawdle awhile (which I fully intend to go back and do soon), you can:
You're going to need permits for camping in certain areas, such as at Berg Lake.
The friendly folks at the Visitor Center will get you all sorted out on that, and can also give you updates on current trail conditions and animal activity.
Some of the trails are actually only routes, meaning that navigation skills and awareness of weather conditions are necessary if you're going to have a good time.
There is a beautiful deck on this center, facing Mt. Robson. On a sunny afternoon it's a great place to take off your boots, enjoy the free wi-fi and soak up the laid back Canadian vibe.
If you're looking for a campsite near the highways (Hwy 5 and Hwy 16), there are 2 near this visitor center:
I can personally vouch for the Mount Robson Lodge/Robson Shadows Campground.
I enjoyed a small cabin with a kitchenette AND a full on view of Mt. Robson. They don't even charge extra for the black bears frolicking in the meadow (you've been warned).
If you'd prefer to camp, there are plenty of sites to choose from. Keep a clean camp! (see paragraph above)
Or maybe a short drive to Valemount works better for you. This small town had everything I was looking for: grocery store, restaurant, an amazing Swiss bakery (an unexpected treat), gas stations, ATM, and lodging.
And their visitor center makes a nice stop, too.
C'mon, let's do the math:
Great big beautiful mountain + well maintained trails with huge photo ops + friendly Canadians = fantastic Mount Robson hiking opportunities!
Try this provincial park because it's:
And smile a great big hiker smile if the sun is out!
Mount Robson Hiking