The Numa Creek trail is an interrupted hiking opportunity to the Rockwall in Kootenay National Park, British Columbia, Canada.
Prior to the loss of the bridge, and damage to the trail, this route was the middle of three main choices to access the world-class Rockwall from the Banff - Windermere Parkway (Highway 93) in Kootenay National Park, British Columbia, Canada. North access to Rockwall is via Paint Pots and the southern alternative is the 10.5 KM, one way (6.6 mile) Floe Lake Trail. Reference Gem Trek Map #10 for Kootenay National Park and the Canadian Rockies Trail Guide by Brian Patton and Bart Robinson.
When the 6.9 KM (4.3 mile) trail is restored, Numa Creek is the easiest and shortest route into Numa Creek Campground servicing the Rockwall backpack. Trip planning and reservations for this world-class, multiple day backpack are mandatory.
The Numa Creek parking and picnic area is open for use along Highway 93 (Banff - Windermere Highway) about 24 KM (15 miles) south from the TransCanada Highway at Castle Junction or 81 KM (50 miles) north from the Village of Radium Hot Springs near the south terminus of Kootenay National Park in British Columbia, Canada.
Access to the Numa Creek trailhead is signed and blocked by a sturdy, chain-link fence which has been vandalized to create dangerous access very near the top of roaring Numa Falls. Access to the trailhead can be achieved along the edge of the fast-running Vermilion River using a precarious route over wet, slippery rock. It is possible a single major mistake could prove fatal. Parents are herding young children past the barrier.
Careful navigation provides passage around and over the end of the vandalized fence to safer ground through forest near the top of Numa Falls. The bridge abutment lies in ruin on the opposite side of Vermilion River above powerful, white water.
Close examination from the near side eliminates the illusion the far side may be within reach. The roaring chasm of white water reverberates through vertical canyon walls.
Fascinating rock above Numa Falls has been polished smooth by high and fast running water over eons of time. Fossil evidence of past life is artistically revealed in the surface of the colorful rock. The view to rapids feeding Numa Falls host a dramatic mountain backdrop. Safety focus is tight near the top of Numa Falls.
Numa Creek, until it becomes re-established as a route into or out from Rockwall, is a pleasant stop along the highway and a beautiful place to enjoy a picnic lunch.
Photographs for this short excursion into Numa Falls and the unreachable Numa Creek Trail are captured on Monday, August 8, 2016 in Kootenay National Park, British Columbia, Canada.