Top of the World/Lussier Hot Springs – July 2017

We have always wanted to backpack hike in the East Kootenays.  We started our stay 22 km on gravel roads in Whiteswan Lake Provincial Park at Alces Lake Campground; a very nice drive in campground with lovely views and right on the lake.  The water was even warm enough to swim.  That evening we heading the 4.5km back to the free Lussier Hot Springs which are natural springs right in the river with multiple pools of various temperatures.  The next morning we headed an additional 45km drive to Top of the World Provincial Park.  From the ample parking lot to Fish lake was an easy 6.7 km hike on a wide well worn path.  There were several tent pads and fire pits as well as bear boxes to lock up your food.  They had an old log cabin as well there that you could spend the night in if there was room.  From Fish lake there were a few hikes you could do.  We continued to Sparkle lake that same day which switch backed and climbed 1-3/4 hours uphill over 2.8 kms and we were rewarded immensely once reaching it.  This super cold and deep lake is only swimmable for the not so faint at heart.  The following day we hiked an additional 3.2 km up to the alpine viewpoint through a ton of scree and a four limb rock scramble for a panoramic 360 degree view of wilderness.  This was much more challenging on the descent but very amazing views from the top and definitely worth it.  We spent a total of 2 nights here and then drove back down to Lussier Hot Springs for another soak in the pools.

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