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Awesome little hike. Great waterfall at the end and can climb right up to the top of you feel brave enough. And skilled enough. A deft must do if your in the area.

backpacking
1 day ago

Hiked Iceline to little yoho to whaleback and camped at twin falls. Long day but the views were great. Best view in my opinion is the top of whaleback switchbacks.

Look out for the blue marks! Windy and nice weather.

Great Hike! There’s is currently a lot of smoke in the area due to wildfires and we’ve met a fair amount of people but definitely a fun hike!

I can't add too much to what's been said except to say that from Lake Oesa to the hut is most certainly NOT a moderate hike. You would be very foolish to not do this wearing a climbing helmet and very good footwear. From Lake O'Hara to Lake Oesa yes, definitely moderate and very beautiful on it's own.

PLEASE NOTE: The hut is closed indefinitely due to erosion. There is nowhere to camp up there. Allow yourself enough time to get up and back in daylight. The terrain is too difficult to hike at dusk.

walking
5 days ago

This was a real pleasant surprise. This hike has it all. Walk right next to a beautiful lake, scramble through some flooded areas, some forest, walk across a barren area with views of the river downstream of the falls and finally some fantastic waterfalls! This is now near the top of my all time favorites.

Short moderately steep switchbacks then lovely walk to a beautiful Yoho Lake. Swam in the lake and just hung with the ducks and other hikers.

I honestly didn’t want to go on this hike as I’m in favor of more challenging trails, but my girlfriend demanded we go. I’m glad she did...we took the most scenic pictures here out of our entire 6 days in Banff National Park. The views are spectacular and absolutely worth every second. Just be sure to arrive early (7am??) as it is a hotbed for the tour busses. We started about 7:15am and only saw a few people along the way. A+

hiking
10 days ago

Lots of switchbacks to get to the top. Very cool once on the ridge and views of the waterfall. It’s was 80 degrees when we went and real toasty after the forest switchbacks. No shade once youre past the tree line. Bring lots of water. Cool trail. More rocky than lush greenery. I only gave it 4 stars because it was more crowded than I thought and we started early plus we did Helen lake trail yesterday and that’s hard to beat.

One of our favorite hikes out of 12 on this trip. Went clockwise so tough early but an amazing trail along the base of the glacier and spectacular views up and down the valley.

Amazing views up top!

Was beautiful but lack of indications

hiking
20 days ago

Didn’t do the loop due to an afternoon thunderstorm. But the out and back route we chose was still very pleasant for a half-day hike. The small hanging glaciers were not as impressive as what I originally thought. You could see two of them laid below the cliff once you passed all the trees. The glaciers were not far from the trail which looked very attractive (so close!) but weren’t worth the risk to get approached because the seracs might collapse at anytime. There were also few small streams to cross. The small waterfalls on the upstream direction were not as magnificent as Takakkaw Falls across the valley, but were on the elegant side especially for those who fed up small glacial lakes. Different elegance comparing to waterfalls in Johnston Canyon although I sometimes thought they were a little monotonous.

Day hikers and backpackers are not permitted to park at the trailhead beside a hostel. From the designated park parking lot, you can either walk 1km backwards along the road or follow the trail towards Takakkaw Falls (when you see two symbolic red chairs of Park Canada at the Falls’ viewpoint, just keep walking for less than 1km). The first uphill section of the trail was very gentle in my point of view thanks to many switchbacks. Although not one of the most scenic day hikes which Rocky provides, it is indeed one of the most accessible trails to closely appreciate hanging glaciers.

Can’t believe one week has already passed after this hiking trip.

hiking
20 days ago

The hike along the glaciers is magnificent and endlessly interesting. It is a tough hike, but well worth it, and different from any other hike in the area. Great day!!

Iceline is a premier hike in the Canadian Rockies. If hiked clockwise, you quickly gain elevation to fantastic views of Takakkaw Falls, Yoho Valley and surrounding glaciers. This is a busy area and popular hike. Arrive early and give yourself plenty of time to enjoy the varied terrain and the fantastic scenery.
The trail in in good condition and well marked but always bring a map.

Beautiful loop trail!

Definitely the longest and steepest rock scrambling I have ever done. It took us 2 hrs just to master the scree field. 4.5 hrs for the entire hike up.

We arrived at the hut under dark clouds accompanied by thunder and hail. What a treat to enter a warm hut, with hot water already on the stove (placed by wonderful fellow hikers).
Helmets are highly recommended, especially for the downhill when every step causes a mini avalanche.
Put this adventure on your bucket list.

Amazing hike! The signs at the bottom are not that clear, but once you find the trailhead at the HI Wilderness (?) Hostel you’re good. First part in switchbacks through the forest could be slippery when it’s wet. The sweat is worthwhile! Once you reach the elevation gain you pass a bunch of glaciers and cross snowfields. Must do in Yoho NP; if you come back via Laughing Falls it is a day hike.

Nice half day hike! If you have some more time it definitely worth it to follow the Iceline Trail until you reach the first glaciers. Highline trail is very nice through wildflowers (22.07.2018) and well maintained! We had an early lunch at Yoho Lake on our way back - which was nice because afterwards it goes just downhill - don’t forget Bug Spray!!!! The trail in the forest could be slippery if it’s wet, watch for your steps!

Trail was easy to find, and lots of parking available. The trail was quite busy, and for a large majority the trail is flat, going around the lake. A few sections near the lake are muddy/ washed out. The stairs before the falls are quite steep, but have a few sections you can get off and break at. Following the river up to the falls was a highlight, definitely take the time to check it out. I wore running shoes, but boots would have been preferred in the rocky sections.

walking
1 month ago

Go before 8am or after 6pm to avoid the crowds. We visited at 8:30pm (July). Had the falls to ourselves for a few minutes and it was incredible.

on Iceline Trail

1 month ago

We hiked this trail on July 12, 2018. We found that the signage was lacking and confusing. If we could make any recommendations, it would be to review the trail ahead of time and download maps in advance (no cell service in the area).

We began the hike from the trail head near the hostel. The switchback incline right away was steep (for us) but the view of Takakkaw Falls as you gain altitude is so beautiful!

The mountain and glacial views were spectacular, really, and if you are an avid hiker, we would encourage you to hike this trail!

Well marked trail. Some spots have water running through the trail so bring proper shoes. Up hill work out to start but well worth the climb getting to the lake and plenty of wild flowers (July) to keep the spirits high. At the fork, go to the lake first (clockwise), great views of Wapta mountain. We shared lunch here with a family of ducks. The rewards aren’t over yet, make sure to treat yourself to the last part of the loop with a quick uphill push to start then levelling out to some spectacular views of the valley and the Icleine everywhere you look including some amazing views of the Takakkaw Falls with the Daly glacier looming above it. Great half day hike with many visual rewards. We will be going back for more!

Nice hike. Stay near the water as others have advised. Trail washed out a bit around 1.5 miles in but manageable. Look for rock piles (trail guides) and stay close to the water before the stairs. Stopped by the natural bridge over the river (leads to bow hut trail). There’s a ladder so you can climb on top.

Great day today, the weather was perfect. It’s a little more windy and cold near the falls but that is to be expected with glacier water. Some parts were scarier for me because I’m afraid of heights but even as a beginner hiker it wasn’t too bad. I had my poles and good hiking boots. The elevation is not much and it’s mostly an easy hike, just one steeper section. The falls are awesome and the lake is so blue! By far one of my favorite hikes.

Great views of the water- stick to the river! Made the mistake of going through the forest unnecessarily.

7/14/2018: wasn’t sure how I was going to like this trail at first but it was worth it. Has a little of everything... forest, rocky “open” terrain (looks almost desolate), ice glaciers, blue lakes and basins, and even a waterfall. I would recommend doing this hike clockwise to get the sharp incline out of the way. The back half will be more of a gradual decent and easier on the knees and the last few miles will be more on flat terrain (I like having easier miles at the end of hike in case of any injuries or pains that could occur at the higher elevations). Bring sunscreen as a good portion of hiking is out in the open. And bug spray. There were also a few trail runners on this route as well as solo hikers.

Did on July 5 2018. Only some minor snowfields up top to cross - nothing more than few hundred feet at one time. Quite passable and as the overall 5 star rating suggests should be your number one choice if your coming to Yoho!

Easily the best hike I’ve ever done. The entire hike does not have a single dull moment! The climb up to the Hut is vertical and scree the entire time, it took me 2 1/2 hours. I did not rush but also did not take any long breaks, just enough to catch my breath and take a photo. The hike to lake Oesa (which is the starting point for where you break off to the mountaineering route to begin the climb to the Hut) took me 2 1/2 hours also. If you are nervous around heights or have not done any scrambling, maybe hold off on this one as it is very steep. But again, so worth the views!

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