Rockbound Lake
Rockbound Lake
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Ed B
Calgary, Canada8 contributions
Solo
The hike to Tower Lake is great. I went on (with greatest difficulty - I"m 83) to Rockbound. Tower is far prettier, I felt. After eating a bit of lunch I started back. Problem. There is a cliff between Tower and Rockbound. There are many trails up at Rockbound and I took several that led me to the edge of the cliff but the trail stopped there. I Found one trail that seemed to go down and I went part way but the trail ended. I climbed back up with some difficulty. When I finally found a trail that did go do I believe it was not a very good one. Dangerous. I went to Park Headquarters and told them that it is crucial that they put up some trail markers before someone falls on that cliff and gets badly hurt.

I made the round trip in 6 hours but because of lost time had to really push it on the way down.
Written August 29, 2012
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Mike_Slawik
Winnipeg, Canada280 contributions
Solo
I hiked Rockbound Lake Trail this past summer as a means to summit Castle Mountain. The trail is long but beautiful. It hides a lot of the mountain scenery at first but when you finally get to see Eisenhower Tower, it's very impressive. The lake is gorgeous and the view is one of the most beautiful things I have ever seen. But that was just a part of the journey to summit Castle Mountain. Its about 8km to Rockbound Lake. It's not for the unfit that's for sure. But the end is worth the journey! Just be bear smart and carry your bear spray. I didn't see any activity, but someone I talked o had seen a black bear and 2 cubs.
Written August 30, 2018
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deathracerJH
Sparwood, Canada567 contributions
Solo
A great trail. I have travelled this trail a few times, usually in early/mid summer. This time was late summer almost fall, and seeing it after a recent snowfall was ahhhhmazing. The fall colours were starting to show and what a show they provided! The trail is well maintained and easy to follow. There is a steady elevation gain up to Tower Lake and a steep hike up to Rockbound Lake. Worth the effort to this amazing place. Highly recommend you check it out!
Written September 26, 2018
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ria G
Calgary, Canada2 contributions
The snow was so deep that we couldn't get there, Was looking forward to it though looks beautiful, Just didn't expect that much snow and water in late June!
Written June 22, 2014
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Brenda F
Humboldt217 contributions
Well worth the grind. It's fairly hard and long hike and we headed out really early as we had a variety of levels of expertise in our group of 10. I walk between 6 and 7 K every day...IN SASKATCHEWAN!!! I knew going in that I would be challenged but I took my time and most of the group outpaced me. Not a problem. I had my bear bell and bear spray with me, and as the day wore on, it got busier and busier with other people. It's a lot of the same scenery until you get a bit higher, but the paths are well kept and honestly, on the way up I was just into "getting there." Once you’re higher up it gets better, with loads of views of meadows, streams, unique flora, and though I didn't see much fauna, I heard the shrill whistles of the marmots that obviously populate the place. Some steep rocky areas, especially between the two lakes. Half of our group (younger!) went higher and came back with some gorgeous photos.
Written September 10, 2019
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chicafuerte45
Minneapolis, MN15 contributions
Couples
If you want a fairly hard and long hike and like solitude this is the one for you. We’re decent hikers and this one kicked our butts on our last day. I didn’t realize how long the climb was. Kept waiting to be up there. I didn’t time it up but was 2.5 hours back. So 3 hrs of climbing? First 2/3 not great. Once you’re higher up it’s very pretty. Streams. Views. Lakes. Meadows. Trail well maintained. Some steep rocky areas.
Written September 6, 2019
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DandJandFam
London, UK162 contributions
Family
Important tip. If you make an early start and get to the region before 9am, use the washrooms at nearby Johnsons Canyon - they are the best mountainside washrooms in the area and there are no washrooms at the Base of the Rockbound Lake walk.

The walk itself is an 8.4km long trail with a 760m elevation. The prize is the lake at the top with the cliff rocks around it. Well worth it but it is a long way down.
Written August 9, 2016
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Howie603
Northumberland, UK135 contributions
Couples
We were planning to do the Ink Pots Hike but it was suggested we do Rockbound Lake and boy were we pleased we did. We started about 8am and we only saw 3 other people on the way up to the lake. The trail is clear, lots of different terrain but nearly all uphill. There is a smaller, very pretty, lake before the last steep climb to Rockbound, it's called Tower Lake. It took us about two and a half hours getting to the lake. Stunning and very quiet when you get there. Take mosquito repellent as they are out in force at the lake! Also LOTS OF WATER, don't forget the water!
Written July 20, 2016
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Justin A
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Friends
Awesome hike! Trail to the lake was dry and in good condition. We hiked around the lake which was amazing, the waterfalls are beautiful close up. There were tons of small fruit fly like bugs flying around the lake, should bring a bandanna or something to keep them out of your nose and mouth. The waterfall leaving the lake is a very risky venture to scale down but is exciting and get some great views of Tower Lake and the exiting creeks. Seen schools of what looked like trout swimming about.
Written June 18, 2015
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kmp1983
Fort Valley, GA90 contributions
Family
Let me start by saying we never made it to Rockbound Lake. We went right at the trailhead instead of left and I'm so glad we did! Silverton Falls is heavenly. Once we did take that right hand trail we (my husband, 19 yo daughter and I) did not meet anyone else. I hope that doesn't mean that these falls are overlooked. It does seem that way since I can't review the falls directly. The hike was not difficult by Canadian Rocky standards and the payoff was an exceptionally beautiful falls that we had all to ourselves. So glad we took the road less traveled!
Written March 18, 2013
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