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Berg Lake Trail, Winter Travel Conditions

Berg Lake, Mount Robson Provincial Park

Trail Conditions

Hi Everyone,
Just got back from 4 days in Mount Robson Provincial Park along the Berg Lake Trail. Firstly, the Berg Lake Trail will close for the 2022 season as of April 1st (see for more details) to repair lingering trail damage from the July 2021 extreme flooding event and to make further infrastructure improvements.

For anyone considering heading up the trail before the closure, be aware that the area is very much still in winter conditions. Carry all appropriate avalanche equipment and be mindful of avalanche hazard. Several avalanches (both recent and old) have run across the trail this winter (including the large gully descending off Cinnamon Peak around km 1, a lakeside gully before reaching the Kinney Lake shelter, and the large path along the Whitehorn Hill) making for short sections of difficult travel; otherwise, coverage on the trail to reach Berg Lake on skis was actually quite good. The ice on Kinney Lake has melted considerably with recent warm temperatures and looks very thin in many places.

The Whitehorn Suspension Bridge is currently closed, but snow bridges allowed for an easy crossing of Philips Creek to regain the summer trail ascending the Emperor Hill. Ski conditions at treeline (average HS around 150-170 cm) were quite supportive in the mornings with good ski quality, but turned to sticky moist spring surface snow by mid afternoon. We had intermittent visibility so did not travel in the alpine, but saw windward surfaces with extensive scouring and suspected windslabs would be found lurking in many lee features. Snow coverage on the Robson Glacier looked average for this time of year (see image below).
Happy Trails,

Ben Nearingburg
CAA Level 2, Active Member

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