Explore the most popular birding trails near Columbia-Shuswap with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

8 days ago

very good hike, suggest going counterclockwise
a little rocky at the end

Not a good time to go. The mosquitos were horrible. Some trails were covered with fallen trees. We had to do quite a bit of bushwhacking. There’s outhouses beyond the parking lot.... but they are disgusting.

Stunning views of peaks!!! I came across wild flowers, lakes, creeks, waterfalls, and may even hear and see small avalanches. My most favorite hike in Banff and Yoho Park. It opens first week of July. If you could not reserve the bus ride it’s worth to walk the distance!

3 months ago

Beautiful hike! Hiked this when moderately out of shape and was quite tough but well worth the view. Recommended you hike clockwise as the last 2 hours are intense with brutal switchbacks that are best done on the decent.

5 months ago

Beautiful short hike. Only takes 30 minutes. Lots of spots to cut of and go do other hikes to different lakes and some waterfalls.

9 months ago

Looks like it may have been nice a few years ago. Trail #3 is fairly overgrown. Trail #1 and 2 are open, but not much for sight seeing other than forestry views.

9 months ago

Beautiful hike on Sept 24th with great sunny sky. Hiked clockwise with stunning views of the aqua blue lake and rocky snowy peaks all around. After tracking past the lake the hike took us past rocky river bed until we started the ascent. Wonderful views of the waterfall towards the left. Once we started on the second part of triangle the views were spectacular and path took us past rocky cliffs. Saw about a dozen mountain goats grazing. Once past the peak on the third leg of the hike the switchbacks down were never ending...but beautiful. We have hiked all over the US and Canada and this hike was in our top three ever. Would do again.

10 months ago

We hiked it a couple days ago. Saw deer and Mtn goats. Brutal switchbacks for last 2 hours, stopped at Yoho lake for lunch. 8 hour hike, must be tough.

You need to reserve it in advance .

In order transit the Lake O'Hara fireroad, you need to either:1) walk it (11-13km one way) or 2) make a reservation on the shuttle bus prior to the hike.
Another option is to book a stay at the Lake O'Hara Lodge: http://www.lakeohara.com/

Road in is still closed (scheduled to open mid June). Ended up hiking the 22km return trip from the parking lot into the lake. 440m climb is gradual for the first 7km then steeper the rest of the way in. Lake is still a little frozen in the middle but should be open in a couple of days. I'll definitely return when the road is open and hike the trail.

Loved this trail!

Friday, May 26, 2017

Wiwaxy gap trail is amazing. We did clock wise on wiwaxy starting from lake Ohara to Oesa and back to Ohara.

Thursday, December 08, 2016

Beautiful area, camped 2 nights here, did part of the alpine circuit, absolutely stunning!

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Did this with my Adult son a few years ago. I did not have enough water and it was a hot day! I made it there and back but really felt it on the way back. Despite that loved the hike!

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Best hike I have ever taken: dying to go again!!

Gorgeous views. Ended up summitting mount Yukness. Stunning views around every corner.


Sunday, July 03, 2016

Decent hike with a watch tower up at the top. Beautiful view of the surrounding mountains.

Saturday, October 03, 2015

The views are amazing! We did the whole alpine trail.

Monday, August 03, 2015

Beautiful trail up the side of Mount Revelstoke. I would NOT say that this is good for all skill levels. If you are starting at the bottom going up, it is definitely moderate-strenuous, and if you are starting from the top it is still moderate due to the many scrambling points, and steep inclines you must overcome. I took the trail down and then connected to the bottom half of the Summit Trail (which is significantly less rustic), and then the Mount Revelstoke Trail which will bring you all the way back to town (the whole thing ends up at 9.5 miles). It is a really neat way to see the changing ecotypes of the region and of the mountain.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Definitely one of those hikes that one would want to do on a sunny day. Unfortunately, one of our friends got sick, but refused to stay at the hotel, so as an organizer I had to move our hikes around and I have settled for Emerald Lake, because it is beautiful no matter what the weather is like and relatively short with an opportunity to cut shorter depending on the weather conditions and how our friend would feel.
We have parked at the Emerald Lodge (worth coming early in the morning - 9ish is ideal) because the views are unsecured by the busses of tourists flooding the area :). After taking a few picks we took the trail behind the boathouse and walked around the like. Around half way through, on the other side of the lake we took the trail leading to the Yoho Pass - about 4.8km. Our friend didn't feel too good so we have left him by the waterfalls and continued through the rocky open area marked by a rock avalanche and then through the forest. Although we didn't meet anyone on the trail, a fresh poop of deer and a large one of a mother bear with little cubs indicated that we are following the footpaths of animals that we really wish we wouldn't have to encounter - especially that none of us had a bear spray with us. So for the next half an hour we were whistling, singing & clapping, generally speaking scarring everything within a mile radiant :) The forest at the beginning is very thick and the path up the mountain isn't really challenging. However at the top of the mountain the forest begins to open up creating a perfect environment for a wildlife. At the Yoho Pass my two friends decided to continue to the Yoho Lake only 0.7km away. If not for the fear of bears, it would definitely be a pleasurable walk in a park, but unfortunately it wasn't. We were surrounded by a complete silence, forest looked like as if it was removed from the horror movie and upon our arrival at the lake, with two red Adirondack Chairs on the peninsula, deserted campsite and the scary looking pall to hang food in the air preventing bears to get hold of it the place looked utterly creepy :) On the top of it, the moment we stopped at the Yoho Lake admiring undeniably beautiful views, we were attacked by clouds of vicious insects hungry for fresh blood. We have turned around as quickly as we could and whistling, singing and laughing nervously we retreated from the unfriendly yet gorgeous looking surroundings.
We have reunited with a friend of ours by the waterfalls exactly at the time when it started raining and after a snack we continued hiking down the trail. At the bottom of the Emerald Lake we have completed the loop around the lake and stopped for a warm soup at the restaurant in Emerald Resort, which I strongly recommend.
I would rate this trail as easy and under different circumstances I would definitely add to it Burgess Pass and come back to the parking lost east of the Lodge - but this time I would definitely bring with me Bear Spray :)

Thursday, June 05, 2014

although hard to access due to 3 month advance planning to obtain the pass to ride the bus 7 miles in the Lake Ohara region is a hikers paradise. Lake Oesa is spectacula but it can be a lunch spot for hikers on the famous Alpine Circuit hike. if you are lucky enough to be there on a decent weather day you will see and photograph perhaps the best mountain scenery on the planet. Access is quite restricted so do your research and plan ahead.

Saturday, January 12, 2013

more beautiful than lake louise! such an awesome hike! especially if you climb to oesa and abbott pass hut.

Monday, June 06, 2011

Nice day hike in beautiful alpine settings. I took over 200 photos on this hike. One of my favorites for sure!

Monday, June 06, 2011

Lake O'Hara is is my favorite area! Lots of trails for all levels. Backcountry campground is the best I've ever camped at. I go once a year.

on Lindmark Trail

1 month ago

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