"Mount Robson, Highest peak in the Canadian Rockies" Mount Robson by Darby2

Mount Robson Travel Guide: 1 reviews and 20 photos

Closeup ot the peak, the summit still hidden

One of the most dangerous mountains to climb in the Canadian Rockies, Mount Robson looms nearly 2 miles above the viewpoint, its summit hidden in the clouds. Only experienced mountaineers should attempt a climb.

It's 12,972 feet, or just under 4000 meters. A large glacier feeds off the northwest face directly into Berg Lake. There are other glaciers and icefalls on all the sides.
A trail leads from the Park Info station at 3150 feet elevation by the highway to Kinney Lake and from there a trail continues to Berg Lake through the Valley of a Thousand Falls.
The Berg Lake trail requires at least a 4 day hike (2 days up and 2 days down) but it's well worth the effort. The total one-way distance is 21 km from the Trailhead.

Here's another link to some excellent infomation and pictures of the BERG LAKE TRAIL

The mountain is composed of layers of sedimentry rock, principally limestone and shale laid down relatively recently in geological time, between about 60 and 600 million years ago. Watch for bears in the area at lower elevations.

History of the first attemp to climb it tells of a harrowing one month trip just to reach it in 1907 by Rev. George Kinney and Professor A.P. Coleman and packer John Yates. They were continually subject to avalanches of falling ice and rocks for more than three weeks. They later abandonded their attempt until the next year, 1909.

It was finally climbed for the first time by MacCarthy and Foster in 1913 with the help of guide Conrad Kain after much difficulty. Many of the slopes had a pitch of 60 degrees.

There is a visitor center at the Robson viewpoint with lots of information and history of the area. It's right on the Yellowhead Highway. The campground is a favorite stopover for travellers although there is no hotel or motels in the area. The nearest one is near Tete Jeune Cache, about 15km to the west, and at Valemount, about 30 km west.

Arctomys Pot, one of the deepest caves in Canada

Nearby Mount Robson, Arctomys Pot extends for 3496 meters deep and is 536 meters in length.

For a complete list on the longest and deepest caves in Canada:

Deepest Caves in Canada

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:An easy mountain to view from close-up
  • Cons:A dangerous mountain to climb
  • In a nutshell:A great day hike to Kinney Lake
  • Last visit to Mount Robson: Jun 2006
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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Comments (4)

  • Aug 31, 2006 at 7:14 PM

    Any idea at what altitude treeline is in this area? Thanks! Great pics and beautiful mountain!

  • madamx's Profile Photo
    Jul 9, 2006 at 6:37 PM

    I heard that Robson even creates it's own weather systems because of it's size. We might head up there end of August?

  • Suet's Profile Photo
    Jul 9, 2006 at 10:17 AM

    This I MUST see... sigh

  • rachel_sun's Profile Photo
    Jun 2, 2004 at 7:42 PM

    looks a wonderful place to visit.Dont think i will be climbing this mountain though.


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