Lake of the Hanging
Glacier Recreation Trail - # 14
Access to the Lake of the Hanging Glacier trailhead is via the Horsethief Creek Forest Service Road. From Wilmer, drive north along the Westside Road for 16.4 kms to its junction with the Horsethief FS Road. From Radium, at the Hwy 93/95 junction, drive west past the sawmill. Trailhead parking is at roadís end at the km 50 mark. Overnight camping is available at the Stockdale Creek FS Recreation Site at km 39.
The Lake of the Hanging Glacier
is the most popular trail in the District.
The first portion of the trail follows an old roadway for two
kilometres. The trail then
narrows and ascends before crossing a footbridge over Hell Roaring
Creek. ( Note: this footbridge is installed for the months of July
through September only. Crossing
when the creek is not bridged may be treacherous.) A second bridged crossing takes you over Horsethief Creek and
then through mature forest gaining elevation over 13 moderate
above a small slough, the trail continues a gradual climb to alpine
meadows. Open camping and a
toilet are available here. The lake and trailís end are a further 800 metres through
open meadows. The sharp
glacier tongue is some 2.5 kms from the north shore.
A spectacular panorama of rugged peaks encircle the lake.