The Flatlander 5K run takes takes racers from the start-finish at the Mount Robson Visitor Centre and along the Robson River. The turn-around point is before the base of the first climb up “Avalanche Hill”. It is a great first-timers event that still takes in the spectacular scenery of Mount Robson.
The Flatlander 5K has minimal elevation gain. The first 2km (approximately) take runners from the towering view of Mount Robson at the start-finish along a flat paved road to the Robson River crossing at the Berg Lake trailhead. Then runners start up a wide low grade section of the Berg Lake Trail for less than a kilometre to the turn around point. Then they head back to the finish line.
The Berg Lake Trail is the most heavily used backcountry trail in the Canadian Rockies, with over 2,000 overnight users each year. The trail is an old roadbed all the way to Kinney Lake, and is very well maintained with mostly hardpacked ground with very few exposed roots or protruding rocks.
Flatlander 5K Route Overview
Click on the link to view and download the PDF map of the Mount Robson Marathon events including the Flatlander 5km Run: MRM2015_map_profile
• start at Mount Robson Visitor Centre
• Just under 2km flat paved road to Berg Lake trailhead (15m elevation gain in 2km)
• About 500m gradual climb on trail along Robson River through cedar rain forest to the turn around point before the base of “Avalanche Hill” (turn around point)