Moose River Route (B.C., Canada)

DISTANCE (round-trip)

55 mi (88km)

DIFFICULTY

TIME

5-7 days

ALTERNATIVE TO

Trails in Jasper National Park

SOLITUDE

Bushwhacking Through the Wild BC Backcountry

Mount Robson Provincial Park is a must-visit - it has all of the beauty and wildlife of the Canadian Rockies but it is much less crowded than nearby Jasper. This journey is designated as a “route” rather than an official trail, because the path often disappears, so be prepared to do a little bit of route finding and bushwhacking.

Finding your way through this backcountry is worth the effort, as you will be rewarded with peaceful uncrowded swathes of forest and the chance to spot wildlife such as moose, caribou, mountain goat, mule deer, marmot and pika.

Beginning in Mount Robson Provincial Park, the trail reaches the continental divide and then crosses into Jasper National Park, then follows the Calumet Creek west and down into the valley. The creek merges with the Smokey River which flows south into Adolphus Lake.

When to go

Avoid any period after a heavy rain. Late summer to early fall offers the most reliable water levels ideal for the river crossings.

Getting there

The route begins in Mount Robson Provincial Park at Moose River, along highway 16 Southeast of Moose Lake.

Know before you go

  • Moose River Route is recommended for experienced backpackers only and since it is not regularly patrolled by rangers you should be completely self contained and prepared to take care of yourself in the wilderness.
  • Forest fires in 2004 have caused some damage to the forest, so during some sections of the trail you will be climbing over burnt trees.
  • Check the weather conditions and water levels before you go, as some sections of the route require river crossings.

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By Tobi 87 - Own work, GFDL,
Photo at the top of the page: Moose Lake - By JERRYE AND ROY KLOTZ MD - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0,

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