This is a lovely alpine lake at 7000ft in a basin below Jumbo glacier. Trailhead access is a 52km drive west of Radium on gravel roads, takes about 1.5 hours.
The hike starts at the end of Horsethief creek road, and it takes around 3 hours to reach the lake some 9 km away. The path is steep with many switchbacks along the creek. There is a campsite in the subalpine meadows just before the lake. The lake is very scenic with many icebergs floating in it. The glaciers are 2.5 kms away at the far end of the lake.
In order to reach the glacier, the climbing routes and ice climbs or to do some close-up photography of the floating chunks of ice, take along a super light packraft from Alpacka Raft. That way you can get around on the lake and cross to the other side easily without bushwhack or exposure to falling rocks. Read more about packrafts in the article on trailpeak.
If you camp here, you can do some more hikes and climbs, daytrips to peaks nearby. Glacier Dome is a nice hike west of the lake, with some snow and glacier travel (ropes needed) to the top at just under 10,000ft.
For more information on day hikes or backpacking trips into this area, see Mountain Footsteps, a New Edition by Janice Strong.Janice's detailed trail and road directions and her enthusiastic personal narratives help hikers of all skill levels to explore on their own, using her book as their guide.
Drive west from Radium at 4-way stop. Turn left for Horsethief creek road after 1.5km. Take left fork at 3.8km. Continue straight at 4-way junction near 9km sign. Also continue straight at 14km sign.
Keep driving this narrow road, keep straight at 39km sign and also keep past footbridge at 46k sign (camping site). Park at the 50k sign, end of road and trailhead (52k from Radium).
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Posted By: LaurentS
- Sat Aug 06 15:49:30 UTC 2016
QuestionHi! Has anyone done the trail this season? Is the bridge back in condition? Thank you.ANSWERS are in this forum: Update on trail?
Posted By: Pituello
- Thu Jul 14 04:45:22 UTC 2016
QuestionWhat is the approx. overnight temperature at the top of the Lake of the Hanging Glacier trail at the end of July or first of August?ANSWERS are in this forum: Lake of the Hanging Glacier
Posted By: derfinzi
- Sun Aug 26 18:45:32 UTC 2012
DownsideOn the Trailhead it still says that the bridge is damaged and it cannot be crossed by foot...
Posted By: meshanew888
- Sun Jul 22 05:15:08 UTC 2012
QuestionI read that lake of the hanging glacier is closed due to high water, I am suppost to hike this trail the first weekend of august.Do you think the levels will have receided by than.And if not is there any comparable hikes that are open?ANSWERS are in this forum: Lake of the hanging glacier trail
Posted By: gregcoad
- Sat Jul 21 05:50:03 UTC 2012
CommentTrail is not hikeable right now. There is a sign at the junction of Forster Creek and Horsethief Creek roads notifying hikers that there is a trail bridge out and the creek is not crossable due to the height of the water.
Posted By: karlcal
- Mon Sep 07 07:14:21 UTC 2009
CommentI did this trail on Sept 5, 2008. The drive in was an adventure. Make sure you have a full tank of gas for this journey. The last part of the road included a small creek crossing and a number of washouts. There was one car in the parking lot but I would suggest something with at least a little ground clearance. The trail is mostly clear of trees and in good condition overall. The lake and glaciers are stunning and well worth the journey. I even ran into one of the guys who wrote the guidebook "hikes around invermere". A great adventure overall
Posted By: ltyper
- Sun Sep 21 03:51:18 UTC 2008
UpsideWe did the trail on September 17 (Wednesday) and there was only us and two other people, the whole day! It was fantastic weather, beautiful trail, and very nice lake and glacier! DownsideSwitchbacks were exhausting! Make lots of noise, saw lots of animal tracks! At some points, the trail was very narrow, and like mentioned above, lots of trees on the trails!
Posted By: Igor1
- Fri Jul 04 21:40:51 UTC 2008
CommentLast section of access road requires a 4WD. Wash outs. Travel time for the average person 3.5hrs - 4hrs min. one way. Trail requires maintenance, many blown down trees. Not recommended for a Sunday family hike, or kids under 10. Hiked July 1st 2008