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Lake Of The Hanging Glacier (Radium Hot Springs)


Site Closed.
The bridge over Hell Roaring Creek 2 kms along the Lake of the Hanging Glacier Trail will be removed October 4, 2017 and reinstalled at the start of the hiking season in 2018. Crossing the unbridged creek is not recommended.

  • Rec Site #:REC5348
  • Type:
  • Fees:None
  • Campsites:0
  • Access:Road
  • Facilities:None
  • Site Description: Elevation gain: 700 m, Distance: 8 kms (One way). A popular trail to an alpine lake surrounded by spectacular rugged peaks and glaciers. The first portion of the trail follows an old roadway for two kilometres. The trail then narrows and ascends before crossing a footbridge over Hell Roaring Creek. ( Note: this footbridge is installed for the months of July through September only. Crossing when the creek is not bridged may be treacherous.) A second bridged crossing takes you over Horsethief Creek and then through mature forest gaining elevation over 13 moderate switchbacks. Detouring above a small slough, the trail continues a gradual climb to alpine meadows. Open camping and a toilet are available here. The lake and trail�s end are a further 800 metres through open meadows. The sharp glacier tongue is some 2.5 kms from the north shore. Spring 2015 update - the bridge over Hellroaring Creek will be installed for the summer hiking season July 8th until late September or early October. CHECK THIS WEBSITE FOR BRIDGE AND ROAD STATUS. Trail in good condition. UPDATE: The bridge over Hellroaring Creek will be removed October 4, 2017.

  • Driving Directions: Driving time: 1.5 to 2 hours, 2WD high clearance vehicle recommended. Access to the Lake of the Hanging Glacier trailhead is via the Horsethief Creek Forest Service Road. FROM WILMER(Wilmer is a small settlement near Invermere, British Columbia. The settlement was originally known as Peterborough and was founded in 1886) drive north along the Westside Road for 16.4 kms to its junction with the Horsethief FS Road. FROM RADIUM, at the Hwy 93/95 junction, drive west past the sawmill along Forster's Landing Road. Continue straight at the 9 km mark( along Horsethief Creek FSR), right at Green Barn, Gopher Creek, MacDonald Creek and Farnham Creek Roads, crossing Horsethief Creek at the 42 km mark. Trailhead parking is at road�s end at the km 50 mark. Overnight camping is available at the Stockdale Creek Recreation Site at km 39. Access to the vicinity of the glacier is possible along the east shore over rocky terrain with no trails. Do not attempt to travel on glaciers without experience and proper equipment. Please do not camp or light fires along the lakeshore. Horse use is not recommended. Active logging in progress on the Horsethief Forest Service Road.

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