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post #1 of (permalink) Old 03-20-2016, 04:05 PM Thread Starter
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Default Floe Lake/Rockwall dayhike?

We're hiking with an toddler so backpacking is out of the quesiton right now, too much to carry in addition to a 30 pound kid on my back But I was wondering if it's worth hiking to Floe Lake as a dayhike or is a lot of the appeal of the Rockwall backpack more than just getting to Floe Lake?

I was thinking we could hike to Floe Lake, my wife and daughter could hang out at the lake for a little bit while I go scramble up something nearby for a better view?
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Floe Lake and Numa Pass (an easy few kilometers further) are spectacular in larch season. The trail to get there - an old burn - is also alive with color that time of year. It would most definitely be worth a day trip during that time. Numa Mountain would be the logical scramble.

It's probably worth a day trip in the summer too, although the trail to get there would be sweltering hot.

As a side note, the only good things I've heard about the Rockwall trail are Floe Lake/Numa Pass and Tumbling Pass. Floe Lake is the best part and you can see it with 1/5 the time and energy.
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Generally when does larch season begin? We'll be there last week of August, maybe a couple of days earlier
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Larches generally turn Sept 20-25. You'd be much too early for that, but the scenery is still quite nice.
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Floe Lake as a day hike would be quite strenuous, but would for sure is a close 2nd, as far as Rockwall trail highlights go (the view from the top of Numa Pass, your 2nd day on the trail, being number 1). Wolverine Pass being a close 3rd - your 3rd day on the trail.

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Floe Lake as a day hike would be quite strenuous, but would for sure is a close 2nd, as far as Rockwall trail highlights go (the view from the top of Numa Pass, your 2nd day on the trail, being number 1). Wolverine Pass being a close 3rd - your 3rd day on the trail.
What would make Floe Lake as a dayhike strenuous? Its 700m and 21km return, those seem like pretty typical dayhike ranges? It's the same distance and elevation gain as the Iceline trail
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What would make Floe Lake as a dayhike strenuous? Its 700m and 21km return, those seem like pretty typical dayhike ranges? It's the same distance and elevation gain as the Iceline trail
Yup, if that's typical for you, you'll have no problem.

You'll be packing lighter than you would for a 4 day hike, certainly.

It took us 3 hours to get down, so maybe 4 hours to get up? The extra couple hours to get to Numa Pass and back (4km) is highly recommended.

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