Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Rockbound Lake

Trip Date: August 2009

Nestled in a natural bowl behind Castle Mountain lies Rockbound Lake.  It is completely surrounded by steep cliffs, rock slides, and massive boulder fields.  It also happens to be one of the largest of the Bow Valley's high lakes.  The hike is 16.8km round-trip and gains 760m in elevation.  The trailhead is the Rockbound Lake parking lot, which is about 160km west of Calgary along the Bow Valley Parkway (Highway 1A) in Banff National Park.  

Castle Mountain (2,766m)
The backside of Castle Mountain
Looking up at Castle Mountain
Tower Lake
Crystal clear water with bright red rocks beneath the surface
Eisenhower Tower (2,752m) overlooking Tower Lake
Tower Lake
Jaryd, Eisenhower Tower, and Tower Lake
Climbing above Tower Lake en route to Rockbound Lake
That boulder appears to have trees growing out of it
Our first glimpse of the lake
Rockbound Lake
This lake also has crystal clear water
Climbing on some of the massive boulders that are around the lake
Jaryd and I
If you look closely you can see me standing on top of a massive chunk of rock
Jaryd doing some shoulder presses!
There's a waterfall at the far end of the lake
Rockbound Lake, Eisenhower Tower, and Castle Mountain
Making our way around the lake just prior to heading back down the trail

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