Explore the most popular views 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.

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

4 days 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!

Beautiful Hike and great views. If you can, stay on the path near the river bed until you get to the steeper section with stairs that will take you to the viewpoint and then on to the falls. You can opt to take the right path through the forest as we did, but in retrospect the other way in much easier and scenic (we did that on the way back). Through the forest you will need to climb fairly steep and dense sections of overgrown forest. We were lucky some previous hikers left some markers to guide us out of it. You will end up in an open section of low vegetation near a creek bed infested with mosquitoes (luckily we had mosquito repellent on us) so push on toward the river side, left when looking toward the falls and glacier. Once you reach the riverbed side it is pretty straight forward. In a nutshell, unless there is too much water, go the riverbed side. Views from the falls are great looking towards bow lake and the Num Ti Jah lodge.

hiking
12 days ago

Impressive flow and spray of water from a cliff. Easy hike. We visited on a cloudy, rainy day; it is probably more stunning in the afternoon sunlight. Watch for tour buses and RVs on the switchbacks--we saw one backing up the road because they can't make the tight turns.

hiking
13 days ago

we took the yoho trail counterclockwise to iceline
this an excellent hike 6 stars in my book 11.1 miles total

Beautiful the entire way. So many connecting trails. The only thing is we didn’t know you had to have a reservation to even start the hike because the road to get to the trailhead is inaccessible and gated. So unless you have a bus reservation through the parks or the lodge, enjoy the extra 13 miles (22 km) that the road adds. Luckily the NFS road wasn’t busy and was simply beautiful. Bring bug spray!

Nice half day hike with awesome views of waterfall and mountains. Lots of uphill, it's a decent workout.

hiking
17 days ago

Easy, walk for the whole family. Busy Canada Day in the rain.

Very Scenic and pretty easy hike except for a steep section with steps towards the end. If you go when water flow is less...just make sure to walk along the lake shore and waterfall stream. If you go into the forest .. as the trail goes... make sure u take the right turns. When you see open grass after coming out of forest... dont go right towards small waterfall (though u will hear it...we ended up going right and climbing all the way to the top which gives excellent views of Bow lake but its not the actual bow falls or trail). Go left towards the stream which feeds Bow Lake and walk along it.

hiking
21 days ago

beautiful lakes

Gorgeous Alpine hike with incredible views, variety and amazing trails. Hikers dream.

hiking
1 month ago

Easy and beautiful!

One of my most favorite hikes that I've ever been on. ✨

This was one of our favorite hikes as it kept you along water the whole hike (and we like water) There must have been an avalanche this past winter as part of the trail is essentially gone and you will get your feet wet! I feel it is recent as the downed trees are obviously “fresh”. We knew it “must be the trail” as it was along the lake, however, we did question being in the right spot.

Amazing trail. I keep going back to this one. Oddly tho, they don’t map it out as a loop which it can be and always the more adventurous option if you have a few hours!

Such a great hike for a huge reward. If you want an even cooler view, take the rock bridge on the left (You’ll know when you see it) and hit the trail that takes you above the falls.

Amazing view at the end !especially if you are the first ones out!

walking
2 months ago

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

hiking
2 months ago

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.

We did this to cap the day after other longer hikes, and finished with dinner around the lake. Good spot for that, but don't go out of your way to do this hike only considering the amazing things around. It's nice and easy and flat, so relaxing

3 months ago

Probably the best hike I have ever done. Do the loop all the way past the Stanley Mitchell hut. Challenging.

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