- As a northbound thru-hiker you can choose to end the Great Divide Trail at Mt. Robson or Lake Kakwa. I chose to end at Mt. Robson because I did not have a ride arranged to pick me up at Lake Kakwa (the way out is a 50-60 mile rough dirt road with very little to no traffic). Also, with my hunger level, I didn’t think my little MLD Burn backpack could carry 160 miles worth of food (my mistake). I considered trying to pull off 30 mile days, but with the amount of mud at the time, I didn’t think I could do it. Apparently the Great Divide Trail Association has chosen Mt. Robson as the official northern terminus; however, the section to Lake Kakwa looks amazing!
- 3 days
- 15 miles of highway and then mostly very rough, hard to follow pack trail until the exquisite Berg Lake Trail to Mt. Robson
- Challenges: Foul weather, ~50 miles of ankle to shin deep mud, mental and physical drain, fording the Smokey River, finding a dry tent site, bushwhacking
- Highlights: Challenging tread with incredible mountain scenery, the color of the Moose River, ripe huckleberries for miles and miles, recent trail flagging from a pack outfitter, recent trail work around the first crossing of the Moose River by the Great Divide Trail Association, autumn smells, glaciers, waterfalls, alpine lakes, hot coffee from a pack outfitters (Thanks Sonja and Gunter!)