From Calgary, one has to drive first to Radium and then head S toward Cranbrook; a few kilometres S of Canal Flats and the bridge across the Columbia River, there is a sign for the Alice and Whiteswan Lakes park. Turn left (E) here and follow a good gravel road for about an hour until you come to a turnoff to the S for Lussier River. Travel about 30 km along the Lussier dirt/gravel road (generally in good condition) following signs for Top of the World. From the obvious parking area, it's a pleasant 7 km backpack in to Fish Lake, where there is a developed but unobtrusive campground. The elevation gain is only about 750' over this distance, so most of the hiking is fairly flat; however, half this elevation gain is achieved near the lake and over 0.5 km. Fish Lake also has a Forestry cabin that can be booked.
All in all, the camping at the lake is exquisite, with valley walls rising more than three thousand feet above the water on several sides. That evening a group fishermen brought us some steamed trout from their day's catch for us to add to our supper - a very nice touch of wilderness hospitality. But that night we thought we were about to attacked by aliens: a monstrous thrashing through the bush and splashing through the lake awoke us about 2:00am; it was not, as we feared in our groggy... To see the full trip report you must login as a paid member. Use the Login Page. (message p3)
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