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

Did this in June. Waterfall has nice and big from the snow melt and hike was easy.

It’s safe to say that all lakes in Banff/Yoho have mountains associated with them. But the mountains that surround Lake O’Hara take it to a whole new level. The lake is surrounded by an amphitheater of mountains on three sides. Even better, these three mountains have a trail that is continuous across all of them. This alpine circuit for hikers is the gift that keeps on giving. It’s well marked and above the treeline, so the views are exceptional. Above all, because only a handful of people can reserve either lodging or camping, it can feel like you are the only people there with the circuit all to yourself. Difficult to get to because of restricted access but well worth the effort of calling 3 months in advance so you can be one of the few with accommodations and thus access to this hiking playground.

It’s safe to say that all lakes in Banff/Yoho have mountains associated with them. But the mountains that surround Lake O’Hara take it to a whole new level. The lake is surrounded by an amphitheater of mountains on three sides. Even better, these three mountains have a trail that is continuous across all of them. This alpine circuit for hikers is the gift that keeps on giving. It’s well marked and above the treeline, so the views are exceptional. Above all, because only a handful of people can reserve either lodging or camping, it can feel like you are the only people there with the circuit all to yourself. Difficult to get to because of restricted access but well worth the effort of calling 3 months in advance so you can be one of the few with accommodations and thus access to this hiking playground.

First of all, I love Lake O’Hara. Been lucky enough to camp there several times. Seemed staying at the Hut was the next common sense thing to do. There’s something really neat about staying a night in the 2nd highest permanent structure in Canada and to also look at the Victoria Glacier for once from its side rather that the hundred or so times from the shoreline (which I’d easily do another 100 more times). The hike from Lake O’Hara is straight forward - I like going the wiwaxy gap route to Lake Oesa. But from Oesa to the hut, it’s 100% scree. If you’ve never had to tackle scree, you’re in for a real treat. Essentially it’s similar to going 2 steps up and sliding 1-1 1/2 feet down. It’s mentally and physically exhausting (read reviews on Mt Rundle). But if you’re a hiker, you’ll persevere and enjoy one of the more unique experiences in the Rockies. And it was here where I found I had an equally amount of love for scree as hate. If you dare, when going down scree, you can take big steps (even giant leaps) and let the heel of your boot dig into the scree. It was so cushiony and fun and only took 30min to descend to Lake Oesa.
I also have to mention that the outhouse has two small windows so you can still take in the view whether you are ‘standing or sitting’. Just brilliant.

must see in when its in full force with the spring melt. easy walking. the drive up is more challenging then the hike lol

walking
7 months ago

Beautiful. Lots of tourists. You oh can go pretty close to the falls but you ll get soaked so waterproof what you need. Good hiking shoes as it can be slippery

nature trips
7 months ago

one word. GEM!.... this was a sight that I couldn't even believe. from the highway it's roughly an 8km drive to the falls. The drive itself is amazing. even a few switchbacks on the road itself. stunning views the whole time to the falls. once there, the sound is the first thing that grabs you. roaring like a beast. it's a small easy walk to the falls, accessible by anybody. once there. a thousand foot waterfall fed by glacial melt is out of this world. there is a fairly steep scramble/scree section for the more adventurous that can take you right to the base of the falls. literally, you can go to where it hits Rock. there is also another part with huge boulders and big rock that your can check out. it is massive and gives you a sense of movement while standing still. one of the most incredible things I've seen in my life. 10 min walk from the lot to get there makes it easy for everyone. amazing!

The walk is easy & the falls spectacular. Also great mountain vistas.

The walk is easy & the falls spectacular. Also great mountain vistas.

walking
8 months ago

An easy walk capped by a fantastic waterfall. The meeting of the two waters is also worth stopping at on the way.

A nice leisurely stroll on paved paths to take in an amazing sight. Listen carefully as you approach the Falls - much more of a roar before you cross the bridge over the river.

hiking
8 months ago

Most definitely worth a stop if you're in the region! A short walk takes you very close to these very dramatic Falls.

Wow - was not expecting to see THAT waterfall - we climbed up real close as the spray was blowing the other way

Magnificent!

hiking
9 months ago

Short easy hike for an amazing view

hiking
10 months ago

Level path, beautiful falls!

Beautiful waterfall, easy trails, the Parks Canada chairs are the best view. Walk down the trail for multiple photograph opportunities or just to feel the mist from the falls! Worth a short stop or lunch break with a view!

The road to the trail was closed with no warning from the main road. It would have been a 10km walk to get to the trailhead. Disappointing. :(

walking
Thursday, December 08, 2016

Wonderful and spectacular waterfalls. it is an easy walk. Even spotted a Hoary marmott on the day we were there.

hiking
Saturday, October 22, 2016

Awesome waterfall

walking
Saturday, October 01, 2016

This is our second time here, we were here many years ago, this time I made it count, I got up close & personal, it was quite refreshing

hiking
Saturday, October 01, 2016

The heighth of these falls is impressive, this is our second time here, we were here many years ago, but this time I got up close & personal, it was refreshing.

hiking
Saturday, September 03, 2016

The size of these falls are, in my opinion, a must see! You can also hike up quite a ways to the falls, climbing over good sized rocks.

walking
Saturday, August 20, 2016

Not really a hike. It's more of a short walk. A walk up the side of the falls is a must! It is magnificent! It could get really busy with all the tourists, so make sure you do this early in the day.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Easy walk in a gorgeous area, to see one of the tallest Falls in North America. Worth it if you have the time

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Nice easy walk with an incredible view :)

hiking
Friday, January 22, 2016

Huge Waterfall, impressive, easy walk from the parking lot. worth a stop forsure.

Saturday, October 03, 2015

I wouldn't necessarily call this a hike. it's about a 10 minute walk from the parking lot. Amazing views of the falls and you can climb up the rocks next to the falls to get a closer look. Definetly worth the stop if you are in the area. If you want to hike continue on the trail past the campsite and you will continue to a variety of sights including Laughing Falls, Twin falls, etc.

hiking
Monday, July 14, 2014

Falls are great, but check out the Iceline Trail 12km skirts 6 different glaciers. First 2km steep ascent from hostel.

hiking
Wednesday, March 20, 2013

The hike is easy and short. Very good pictures can be taken from the parking lot. Very nice!

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