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post #91 of (permalink) Old 07-22-2019, 07:33 PM
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I have three spots booked on the berg lake trail (Kinney lake and Robson pass), and according to the rules I can only have on tent per spot. Does anyone know how strict are they with this rule? I was wondering if they would allow an extra tent ie. 4 tents in 3 spots (number of people is within the allowable limit, just an extra tent).

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post #92 of (permalink) Old 07-23-2019, 03:08 PM
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My understanding is that they are pretty strict. You need to attach a copy of your permit to your tent
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Anyone know when the permits are going to be available this year? (Their website says January 2021 in one place, and that they'll decide early 2021 in another place)
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post #94 of (permalink) Old 01-01-2021, 01:40 PM
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I actually had a booking for July 2021 but, apparently, I booked when they had a flaw in their system and shouldn’t have been able to so they emailed a week or so ago to tell me that they cancelled me. I emailed back to say that that wasn’t classy.
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Anyone know when the permits are going to be available this year? (Their website says January 2021 in one place, and that they'll decide early 2021 in another place)
I gather that the situation is still fluid at least for Berg Lake and Lake O'Hara. The deciders are likely waiting for the COVID fog to dissipate. Then they must decide about international travelers. Will tour buses be allowed? Shuttles? Many moving parts, and probably a good idea not to be too hasty so as not to disappoint.
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That's exactly right. Official BC Parks website says Jan 2021 (instead of Oct 2020) but even that could get pushed further ahead. My guess is that they will open up system by end of March, but out of country reservations will not be accepted this yr, perhaps along with reduced # of tent sites
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I would be happy if the CA border opened to US citizens -- so many excellent hikes have been posted on Club Tread that don't involve a storied destination needing reservations -- but as the months wear on, the probability of a border opening falls.

Alaska is the likely alternative this year. And that isn't shabby!
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Wow, was that ever crazy on the BC Parks backcountry registration site this morning! Site was slow, drop-downs not loading correctly, checkout kept failing, campsites disappearing before my eyes. My heart sank. I almost gave up but kept at it and got 6 nights in mid-July: Whitehorn, Robson Pass, Rearguard, Robson Pass x 4.

The first time I went up to Berg Lake was as a 13-year old in 1980. We were on our way to climb Robson via the Kane face. We made it as far as the icefall at the top of the Robson glacier (we actually camped on the icefall). It was a great trip made more special by the fact that there were hardly any people there, even at the Berg Lake campsite. We even slept in the cabin at Berg Lake; at that time the ranger didn't mind at all, ha. I returned once more to Berg when I was 20 but I haven't been there since; my forays since then were up the front side to the Forster hut.

I avoided booking the Berg Lake campsite. It would just depress me to be around so many people. I'm 54 now and taking my wife and kids up there. We'll hike Snowbird, maybe go to the glacier, and do the Hargreaves/Mumm loop if it's open. I'm hoping my family will fall in love with it like I did way back when.

Anyone have any other suggestions for day hikes?

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I avoided booking the Berg Lake campsite. It would just depress me to be around so many people. I'm 54 now and taking my wife and kids up there. We'll hike Snowbird, maybe go to the glacier, and do the Hargreaves/Mumm loop if it's open. I'm hoping my family will fall in love with it like I did way back when.

Anyone have any other suggestions for day hikes?

Very glad you got your spots. Good call on avoiding Berg Lake campground; it's a zoo. I stayed both at Rearguard and Robson Pass; both are nice. Rearguard is small & if you can get a site on rise at edge of forest, it has great views right out of your tent. Robson Pass is much bigger & if weather is good try to stay in flats - again views right out of your tent




Re hiking: From Snowbird, Titkana Peak is walkup. Would feel great to bag a peak, not often ascended either. Rest, if you continue above the cave on Mumm loop (there is trail), you can get quite high with views many never get to see:
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As you will have time, do go to Adolphus lake. It's an easy 20 min walk from Robson Pass CG. You enter Jasper NP along the way, feels kinda great. Its very peaceful by the lake & your kids would probably have loads of fun. Do not continue on North Boundary past Adolphus as it dips into the woods and is not as nice.


Finally a tip: Just past Rearguard as you head towards Robson Pass, there is this little tarn just by Ranger Cabin. It is not on the trail so many don't even get to see this. Perfect in the evening, water is calm & you get great reflections.
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5thhorseman,
Congratulations on getting some spots! I hope you have good weather and enjoy the hike.
I checked the calendar at the end of the opening day for reservations (not for me this year) and was impressed by the sea of red.
I've never seen September booked end to end.
It's a beautiful spot and I hope to get back and do more side trips.
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After being cancelled in January for having booked for the July long weekend during a “glitch”, I managed to book the same 3 nts during the morning madness, only to lose them (2x) during an “Error 403” message during payment. I finally ended up getting 3 nts (whitehorn, Rearguard, Berg) in June. I had wanted July so that I could do Snowbird again but it looks like the Mumm/Hargreaves loop appears to be open again (must call to confirm) and so I’m looking forward to doing that again instead.

re: Berg Lake site. I’ve always managed to get the furthest West tentsite (first spot you come to hiking in) which is also the furthest from the warming hut and it is amazing big and private. I get clear running water from the creek to the west as well. This will be my first time staying at Rearguard.

I like doing Berg earlier in the season as it’s a great training/equipment shakedown long weekend kind of trip. Incredibly beautiful.
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Incidentally, unrelated to Berg / Robson, Parks Canada will open WCT registrations on April 7 @ 8am PDT (normally January)

https://www.pc.gc.ca/en/pn-np/bc/pac...T#reservations

Last yr WCT was closed because of COVID. Judging by increased rate Canadians flock to outdoor parks since pandemic started, WCT will be, just like Robson, huge zoo this season


For anyone interested, Lake O'Hara campground reservations will be accepted from April 27 (Good luck with that one!)

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Very glad you got your spots ...
Thanks zeljkok. I think it was probably your posts that guided me to book away from Berg. And I seem to remember that photo of the view from your tent before. Thanks for the tips; will check them out. We'll probably do Titkana too.
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