The Berg Lake Trail is a world-renowned backcountry hiking trail. Gaining just under 800 metres in 23 kilometres, the trail traverses three biogeoclimatic zones.
This trail takes hikers to some of the best scenery in the province. Beyond Kinney Lake, the trail enters the Valley of a Thousand Falls. Fed by the massive Mist, Berg and Robson glaciers, one can often see huge sections of ice break off or “calve” into the blue/green, silt-laden waters of Berg Lake. Berg Lake campsite is 21 km from the trailhead and I needed some prepartion because using Kinney Lake as my base for the bike and me, I had to hike upto Berg and back, in 8 hours. A tough hike indeed. From Kinney lake, Berg lake, until the marmot campground is a 28 km return trip. The beautiful, rugged, steep trail had me exercising all my strength and stamina on some sections. Never in the last 3 months on the road had I exerted so much strength and effort into a single day. But the hard strenuos climb was rewarded by the amazing landscapes, the gushing waterfalls from mountain tops, crashing down in slow motion, and breaking into a thin must as they ran out of cliff faces to hurtle down on, gurgling creeks, and icy peaks. The most spell binding views were that of Emperor Falls, Berg Lake itself and teh icy towrering peaks and glaciers on Mt Robson, soaring high into the sky.
I returned to Lake Kinney by 5 pm and decided to spend the night there as it was already getting dark and it was too late to make it back to the trailhead. I had severe hip pain and was hardly abel to walk,. That night, I took a painkiller, Robax, a round stone and massaged my muscles for hours to relieve the pain to ensure I could cycle the following morning.