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Amazing hike to a gorgeous lake. Take the canoe for a ride. Road up is very rough and rocky, only take a high 4x4. Took a SUV and and the clearance were tight, took about an hour to drive up

Easy hike to the chalet at the base of twin falls. Lots of switchback to the top of twin falls. We did a loop out along whaleback/ isolated peak route to the ACC hut. Lots of steep climbing to hit the ridge but some beautiful views.

Great hike, beautiful views. Very quiet compared to Emerald lake, saw nobody off the main lake trail

hiking
4 days ago

Steady grade all the way, surrounded by beautiful scenery and rewarded with fantastic views. Didn't see any bears...

To nice,

hiking
5 days ago

Amazing hike with several waterfalls and panoramic views. We crossed the falls and looped back down to Laughing Falls. My Strava app said it was 14.2 miles total. Very steep going up and down from Twin Falls but tons of switchbacks make it a little easier. Definitely was long and took all day but well worth it!

Gorgeous valley hike with roaring creek, snow capped mountains and multiple waterfalls. My wife called it Shangri-La.

on Asulkan Valley Trail

hiking
24 days ago

First couple of miles in the forest with minor gains in elevation. Then the party begins once you get out into the open. Significant elevation gains and some of the best scenery imaginable. Glaciers, snow capped peaks, waterfalls and plenty of white water. Hardly any bugs and the temps were comfortable. Highly recommended. Don’t miss this one.

1 month ago

Talk to the information center wardens before hiking, and take the time to watch their bear video. Be ready to cancel your hike to avoid escalating a bear encounter. The video is maybe 45 min. of great education about bear behavior and how to respond to different encounters) Groups of 4 are currently required due to grizzly activity, including a protective Mom with cubs, who charges. Our group of 5 saw a grizzly from a good distance, took pictures with high zoom lenses, and took her hints that she wanted the trail for her feeding and family. Bears have limited habitat, so I'm glad to give her the space. She looks a little scrawny, so she may be more protective of her berry patches due to hunger. We slowly backed away, and returned to the trailhead, glad she blocked the trail on the way up instead of on the way down. We decided to hike at Illecillewaet instead.

hiking
1 month ago

In 3 hours one can hike halfway to pretty Laughing Falls on this trail and back to the Takakkaw Falls parking lot. The majority of the 124 meter elevation gain is acquired on one hill after the spurs for Angels Staircase and Point Lace Falls. Higher, the trail is in generally good condition to the Laughing Falls bridge and campground. Good views of Takakkaw Falls, the Yoho River, and the Daly Glacier along the way.

The climb up to Sherbrooke lake is easy going but not much to see. Once you get to the lake though it just opens right up to some gorgeous views. The trail along the lake is really cool, it's right at the waters edge and even dips into the water a bit at points. It is full of roots and not too runnable (if you are trying to run like us) but easily passable if you just hike. It looked like it had been freshly cleared as well.

Past the lake is some climbing past a couple of waterfalls. Had to stop plenty of times for pictures.

At the top you get to a nice open meadow and you can see in all directions. Made us a bit cautious looking for bears here but none were encountered.

Past the meadow you enter the forest again. We got a little past 8km mark where there was some stream crossings. The water was moving really fast and obviously freezing cold. Was about knee to thigh deep. We turned around at this point as one of the bridges (aka timber over the stream) was knocked down and some in our group weren't comfortable with the speed and depth of the stream to cross. I'm 6'1" and went across ok for some pictures.

We did this trail July 6, 2018. No snow or snowfields were encountered at all (I would expect some though if we had continued to the peak). So much to look at pretty much entire route made it well worth doing.

backpacking
1 month ago

Fantastic trail, amazing scenery. Hard pressed to find a trail this gorgeous.

hiking
1 month ago

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

hiking
1 month ago

absolutely the best hike in the area
we highly recommend it to all who enjoy the great outdoors

Absolutely gorgeous hike! Wildflowers, moss covered rocks, boardwalks, streams, waterfalls, crystal clear blue water, wildlife. Scrambling over the rocks is fun, and the reward is breathtaking. Picnic tables at lake so bring lunch. Best to carry bear spray as it's quite remote.

The details on this listing are a little misleading. If you're driving the directions will not take you to the correct place. The road is not on Google maps. It will take you to a fork and tell you to continue straight, but you need to turn to the left of the fork and cross a wooden bridge over a waterfall. from here there's another 20 minutes of driving on a very rough, rocky road. Park at the top and the trail entrance is marked by a sign and an outhouse to your right.

The comments about the Gondola are a different Gorman Lake hike which starts at the top of the Gondola on kicking horse.

backpacking
1 month ago

Perfect trail! My wife and I have camping in the twin falls campground. Laughting falls is at the middle of this trail. Both of these two falls are amazing!

hiking
1 month ago

We completed the the trail, but added in the Marpole Lake trail, creating more of a loop, rather than out and back. Beautiful hike, with some varied terrain. Loved the many waterfalls.
The trail had a few fallen trees across the path, plus a large avalanche debris section covering the trail near Marpole Lake. It wasnt an issue and can be easily maneuvered through.
The seasonal bridge on the Whaleback Trail was still packed away for winter season, and Iceline Trail was still not recommended by Parks (June 20, 2018)

2 months ago

Belle vue sur les montagnes
Trail facile ou moderé pour les débutants
cette trail se fait en 2h30 environ
il est recommandé de faire cette trail à 2 personnes, car risque de rencontre d'ours

hiking
4 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.

Used this as approach to scramble up Mount Daly in August 2017. Made for a long 14 hour day but after three years of hiking in the Bow Valley, this is probably my favourite approach hike of all time. Will likely do this again this year to bag Mount Niles

So amazing, possibly my favourite hike ever!

hiking
10 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.

on Burgess Pass

hiking
10 months ago

this hike is accessed through Emerald Lake. it's around 2km from the parking lot to the trail head. this hike is hard. we did 11 km to reach the ridge and there was almost 50 switchbacks! you're in the trees the whole time so there's not much for scenery. steady incline the whole time and a fair amount of elevation gain. once you get to the ridge, the views are pretty nice but not spectacular. this hike in my opinion is more to test your stamina, not for awe inspiring photos. in total the hike took us around 7 hours return with a few breaks. bring lots of water. The trail loops back around the lake but it's another 12km or so we were told and you will end up on the far side of the lake. adds a lot more time so we went back the way we came. I'd say this hike is hard and will definitely test your ability to keep going.

backpacking
11 months ago

Beautiful falls

hiking
11 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.

The hike was really amazing with great views. There was a little bit of everything which made the hike really enjoyable. We made it nearly to the top but had to turn back as it was really rocky and didn't want to risk it with my dog. If you are going to climb up to the top it is really steep and loose shale, trekking poles are highly recommended.

Lots of steep climbs. Challenging, but worth the effort.

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Awesome hike! Beautiful views and lots of different terrain from rolling hills to very rocky! Hiking shoes are highly recommended. Takes about an hour to do the hike and once you get to the lake can be quite chilly so make sure you are prepared.

Keep in mind, the road up is very sketchy! SUV or truck is a must as there are lots of rocky patches and pot holes! We passed a Toyota Camry on it's way down that were afraid to blow a tire and decided to try another hike.

All in all it took about 4 hours. An hour up and back and an hour to hike...

Wednesday, August 09, 2017

What a thrill to walk on the ridgeback of a glacial moraine, views were expansive.

hiking
Sunday, July 09, 2017

Trail was in great shape early July 2017. Lots of great water features along this hike, give yourself some time to enjoy the sights!

We attempted to loop back past Marpole Lake but avalanche debris slowed us down. That trail is closed but currently passable though we did lose the trail along the rocks near the end. Recommend bringing GPS if you give that a shot.

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