David Thompson Heritage Trail
ElevationAscent: 557' 170 m
Descent: -107' -33 m
High: 4,626' 1,410 m
Low: 4,156' 1,267 m
GradeAvg Grade: 3% (2°)
Max Grade: 9% (5°)
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“Hike along the beautiful Blaeberry River in its lush fir forested valley surrounded by rugged peaks of the Rockies.”— Joan Pendleton
After reaching the Blaeberry River, climbing very gradually, the David Thompson Heritage Trail runs along the river to Lambe Creek. Here, the Blaeberry River is in a deep, lush fir forested valley, as the trail sometimes runs right next to the river, and sometimes runs a short ways away with the river below the trail. The forested steep side of the valley across the river is cut by creeks that flow into the river. On the trail side of the river, the trail crosses only a few small creeks, until it reaches Lambe Creek at the 4.7 mile mark. Rugged peaks can be seen when looking both up and down the river valley.
For the first 2.3 miles along the river (mile 0.4 - 2.7), Doubt Hill rises steeply to the left (west of the trail). At about mile 1.2, the top of Doubt Hill can be seen as the trail runs through the lower area of a rock slide that came down one of the steepest slopes of Doubt Hill. After passing Doubt Hill, the forested slopes of Mount Termier rise to the left of the trail from mile 2.7 to Lambe Creek at mile 4.7. However, the top of Mount Termier can not be seen due to the terrain and thick forest.
Lambe Creek is reached at mile 4.7. Upstream (to the left/west) on Lambe Creek, an impressive waterfall cascades down a narrow vertical gorge. Lambe Creek is bridged by logs. After crossing Lambe Creek one can continue on to Howse Pass, 3 miles away, and then down the Howse River to the Icefields Parkway. However, currently (September 2018) the trail becomes dificult to follow after Lambe Creek, so this trail description only covers the cleared and easy to navigate trail section from the Blaeberry Forest Service Road at Cairnes Creek, to Lambe Creek.
This is a segment of the GDT (Great Divide Trail).
Land Manager: British Columbia Ministry of Forests