Explore the most popular walking 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.

hiking
3 days 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.

hiking
10 days ago

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

10 days ago

Beautiful rocky trail. Family fun trail.

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.

hiking
14 days ago

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

hiking
16 days ago

Great Canada Day hike. Took our time and reached the top in about 2 hrs. Started early and we were the first at the top, met 5 or 6 groups of people coming up on our way down, so it was getting busy even with drizzly weather. didn't go to the peak, just the lookout, since the weather was starting to get worse.

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
17 days 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
24 days 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)

hiking
27 days ago

This hike was really awesome. It’s a pretty constant uphill the entire way to the look out, but the terrain is very nice. The views are gorgeous. It’s definitely a work out. We tried to do the scramble to the peak, but the trail is a bit difficult to follow, once you pass the tree line, you get onto some pretty loose scree, on a steep slope, that was difficult to negotiate. Also, on the way down we went off trail in one spot, because it was hard to follow. But honestly, the views are worth all the effort.

1 month 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

Petite trail, se fait en 20 minutes

Interessant de voir les grands cèdres et de lire sur les affiches l'histoire de ceux-ci

1 month ago

Absolutely fantastic views from the top! Made the decision to go to the peak on a whim and definitely didn’t regret it. We saw a lynx as we were moving out of the trees towards the rock trail which absolutely made our day! Saw a couple male mountain goats as well but no bears thankfully.

hiking
1 month ago

Love loved this hike! The false peak got me- despite the reviews. A great afternoon adventure that will leave you rewarded with awesome views. Not crowded at all. We came down around the mountain and caught up with the trail at the bottom of the scramble but both seem doable.

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!

hiking
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.

Super short but kids love to be around such big trees! Very pretty and well maintained stroll :)

backpacking
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.

So amazing, possibly my favourite hike ever!

Easy peasy but beautiful.

hiking
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.

hiking
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.

hiking
9 months ago

Lovely trail. We hiked to the Niles Ampitheatre and did not see a single other person on the trail (September). Very nice scenery along the whole hike starting with the beautiful Sherbrooke Lake and then the gorgeous waterfalls. I thought the falls were prettier than Wapta and Takakkaw but you have them all to your self which makes it so much better. Lovely meadow section with mountain views. Pretty hard to beat the scenery and the trail is fairly easy. A few creeks you need to hop across and some less than ideal bridges to cross (broken logs etc) and some precarious steep sections but just take your time and be careful and it will add to the adventure.

backpacking
10 months ago

Beautiful falls

hiking
10 months ago

Petite rando pas trop fréquentée

hiking
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.

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

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...

hiking
11 months ago

A moderately challenging hike with persistent elevation gain. Take your time and drink in the scenery! The trail leads through gorgeous forest and is well maintained, but vegetation becomes quite sparse as you ascend: remember to bring sunscreen.

Visitors arriving to the viewing area will be met with jaw-dropping panoramic vistas across the valley floor, as well as the dramatic mountain peaks surrounding.

If you have the energy and agility, scramble up the rocks beyond the lookout hut and journey upwards to the edge of the tree line.

Highly enjoyable, a "must-do" if you are in the area!

Rushing river, short walk, perfect place to stop on a rock for lunch and listen to the roaring river. nice bridge crossing views. contemplate the confluence.

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