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Having never heard of Mount Robson Provincial park until I visited it the first time, I didn't really know what to think of it. However, My brother and I decided to do a shortish hike on Kinney Lake trail.
Mount Robson Provincial park is located as a neighbour to the west of Jasper, and its nearby and southern neighbour, Banff.
Even though Robson isn't as large or well known as Jasper is is beautiful! (plus, it's cheaper, cause when you visit Jasper and Banff, you have to pay a daily park fee, AND a camping fee... which is VERY expensive in my opinion).
Unlike the nearby Expensive National Parks, it is FREE to use the hiking trails for day hikes in Mount Robson Provincial Park. So… we decidd to take advantage of their maintained trails. You can’t beat the price! It was recommended that we do the Kinney Lake trail. This trail takes about 9 km and takes approx 2.5 hours total, and is relatively easy, wide and not too hilly.
It is definitely a good hike. When first starting the hike, there were beautiful baby blue running rapids that flow beside the trail.
Before reaching Kinney lake there is a wide bridge where you can get a glimpse of the lake with the mountains , glacier and river.
Upon reaching Kinney Lake, the water was like glass with stunning mountain backdrop reflecting into the baby blue water. It’s as if the mountains were so beautiful that the lake decided to hold up a mirror! The view of Whitehorn mountain reflected in to Kinney Lake is stunning! Definitely worth the hike!
If you want to continue forward, the trail narrows and turns into a back country backpacking trail where you can pay $10 per night per person to camp and takes you to Berg lake. We met an older gentleman who decided that it wasn’t too late for him to do it even considering his age and that he’d have to do it alone. He thought it would be worth it. We would go back and do it again ourselves too!
The trail can be quite busy, but it didn’t seem too crowded when we were there in September.
Along the path we read about the ways that the sediment from the glaciers and rocks flow into the rivers making this stunning turquoise blue colour of the Robson river.
The views of Kinney lake and background mountains are also beautiful, as can be seen from this beautiful picture of Kinney lake reflecting Mount Whitehorn
Overnight camping hikes
- for more experienced hikers/backpackers.
Remember, always talk to staff of the park of any dangers and conditions of trails before starting.
There are three different campgrounds for drive-in Car camping:
None of these have electrical hook-ups.
There are many other trails besides the Kinney lake trail, there is also:
Short day hikes
Would I recommend Camping or hiking at Mount Robson? YUPPERS!!! Wish I'd spent more time there.
If you've spent lots of time there, or want to share YOUR experience, please share it below:
Where do you love to camp? A favourite park? Where? What do you love about it? What do you love to do when you're there? Share it!
For help to look at the way the park is laid out. NOT for use on trip. (get a proper map for that!!!)