David Thompson Heritage Trail
ElevationAscent: 1,360' 414 m
Descent: -244' -74 m
High: 5,294' 1,614 m
Low: 4,160' 1,268 m
GradeAvg Grade: 4% (2°)
Max Grade: 114% (49°)
“Run along the beautiful Blaeberry River in its lush fir forested valley surrounded by rugged peaks of the Rockies.”— Joan Pendleton
Features Fall Colors · Historical Significance · River/Creek · Views · Waterfall · Wildflowers · Wildlife
Need to Know
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. After crossing Lambe Creek, climbing gradually, the trail continues through the forest that thins and crosses meadows on its way to Howse Pass. A small pond with a loon, in a meadow, is passed. Rugged, snowy mountains with glaciers, can be seen through the trees. The trail reaches Howse Pass, a National Historic Site, and crosses into Alberta and Banff National Park where it becomes the Howse River Trail down to the Icefields Parkway (Hwy 93)
This is a segment of the GDT (Great Divide Trail).
Flora & Fauna
Land Manager: British Columbia Ministry of Forests