Berg Lake Trail Hiking Trail

Hike to the tallest mountain in the Canadian Rockies

Essential info

  • Season: May–November
  • Difficulty: Demanding
  • Distance: 36 kilometers (out‑and‑back)
  • Elevation Gain: 1,020 meters
  • Duration: 48–96 hours

About Berg Lake Trail

The Berg Lake Trail is a world-renowned backcountry hiking trail located in Mount Robson Provincial Park in east, central British Columbia, just west of the British Columbia/Alberta border. The trail takes you through some of the most amazing scenery in the province.

The 18km (One-Way) Berg Lake Trail traverses three biogeoclimatic zones and connects seven campgrounds along the way.

Booking a camping spot on the Berg Lake Trail fills up fast! Plan ahead and book early. To meet demand BC Parks has now made the Berg Lake trail 100% reservable and reservations open up for the upcoming season on October 1st.

Reservations can be done online on the BC Parks Discover Camping website or The Discover Camping Call Centre from 7am to 7pm (PST) by calling 1-800-689-9025 or from overseas +1-519-826-6850. The camping cost is $10 CAD/person per night & a reservation fee of $6 CAD/person

Getting there

Mt. Robson Provincial Park is located in east, central British Columbia, just west of the British Columbia/Alberta border and Jasper National Park. 

Approximately 4 hours north of Kamloops, BC on Highway 5; 3 1/2 hours east of Prince George, BC on Highway 16; and 5 hours west of Edmonton, Alberta on Highway 16. The closest communities to this park are Valemount, Tete Jaune Cache and McBride.

There is also a small store next to the Mt. Robson Visitor Centre if you need to purchase last minute food or basic supplies for your hike.

There is plenty of free parking available at the Berg Lake Trail trailhead.

Trail description

From the Berg Lake Trail parking lotthe first 4.5 kilometres is an easy hike along the Robson River through old growth forest to Kinney Lake. 

Leaving Kinney Lake the next 4 kilometer section of trail takes you to the Whitehorn Campground. This campground is a popular stop for hikers going up and down the Berg Lake Trail. 

The next 5 kilometres to Emperor Falls will be your biggest challenge of the hike. The elevation gain from Whitehorn to Emperor Falls is 518 metres. Be sure to pack plenty of water as the last 4 kilometres is uphill with no water source until you reach Emperor Falls. There is a sign just after you cross the Robson river for the last time which warns you, "Steep climb ahead no water for 4km".

Emperor Falls is named after the largest waterfall in Mt. Robson Provincial Park. When you are almost at Emperor Falls campground there is a fork in the trail that leads down to Emperor Falls itself, and you can drop your packs before heading on the final bit up to the campground to go down to the falls or carry on up to the campground and plan to check it out on the way down.

The next 5 kilometres to Berg Lake easy compared to getting up to Emperor Falls since the next section of the trail is relatively flat. As you head towards Berg Lake just after the Emperor Falls campground you traverse a long section of shale and then round a corner and finally get a stunning view of Mt. Robson and Berg Lake.

Facts

  • When you arrive all hikers must check in at the Mount Robson Visitor Centre to get their trail pass and attend a short orientation where staff explains details (including a video) about the park, trail, etc.
  • Water is available along the Robson River at each campground and from Berg Lake. 
  • It's recommended that you filter or boil drinking water
  • There is no water source over the 4km hike from Whitehorn to Emperor Falls campground.

Amenities

  • Pit toilets located at all campgrounds. Toilet paper is not provided at any sites along trail, so come prepared
  • There is a small store next to the Mt. Robson Visitor Centre that has a selection of food items and toiletries if you forgot to bring something

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By Scott Dawson

Scott grew up in British Columbia, Canada and loves to share photographs of his adventures on scottdawsonphoto.com

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