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A place of awe and wonder. These are the western slopes of the Canadian Rocky Mountains. Towering rockwalls, spectacular waterfalls and soaring peaks earn the park its name; Yoho is a Cree expression of awe and wonder. Here in the shadow of the Great Divide are the secrets of ancient ocean life, the power of ice and water, and the stories of plants and animals that continue to evolve today. Yoho, named for a Cree word expressing awe, is a park of rock walls, waterfalls and glacial lakes. It's a park with snow-topped mountain peaks, roaring rivers and silent forests. It's a park whose history is bound up with a railroad: spiral tunnels inside mountains and stories of runaway trains. Established in 1886, the park currently spans 1,310 square kilometres (507 square miles) on the western slopes of the Rocky Mountains in British Columbia, and borders Banff National Park to the east and Kootenay National Park to the south.

Nice that this trail had very little snow, except for approx 50 metres from the upper lookout.

After the lower lookout, it seems as though this trail has not been maintained for some time. There were a lot of trees down across the trail.

Overall, awesome hiking conditions for this time of year.

Did the 10km hike from emerald lake through the snow, it was not easy but well worth it .

Great hike

hiking
13 days ago

Even on an overcast day the trail afforded very nice views, especially from the southern bend of Emerald Lake. I extended the hike over Yoho Pass (nothing special) and continued to Yoho Lake (isolated and very pretty) before turning back. Unless you really enjoy a long uphill in increasingly deep snow the work/view tradeoff for heading out to Yoho Lake probably isn't worth the effort at this point in the season.

hiking
13 days ago

My review is from the perspective of an amateur landscape photographer.

The trail is rated as easy and that is accurate. There are a few muddy spots so hiking boots are recommended. I'm 62 and had no trouble with the hike. But be aware that I didn't complete the entire loop. I found a beautiful spot for photography on the east bank and I stopped after getting the picture I wanted.
This a trail that requires some patience. I started at the lodge and the trail is a bit difficult to find. Also, the lodge area is madhouse with tour buses dumping off 50-60 people at a time and there must have been 200+ milling around. Quickly leave the lodge area by walking east and you'll come to the trail.

The photography is frustrating at first because the trail doesn't run adjacent to the lake but is up the ridge and the view is obstructed by trees. But after a mile or so the trail is right beside the lake and you'll notice small herd paths that give you outstanding views of the lake. If you are there in late summer or early fall the sun will be to your left so you won't be shooting into it. If you can try to go early in the morning since the winds my be calm and you can get some outstanding reflections in the lake.

walking
14 days ago

Hiked today the trail was icy in spots after the early snows. The trail was muddy in other spots, but passable. There are numerous spots to take pictures of the scenery.

hiking
16 days ago

Super easy walk to a spectacular view. Could see it being really busy on a nice day

Went on a rainy day with snow at upper elevation. Only saw a couple of other people during the hike. Trail was a little difficult to follow at the top elevation due to snow, but overall an amazing hike. We loved it.

hiking
26 days ago

We just did the hike around the lake as had a stroller and three year old in tow. Was beautiful and very quiet; we only saw a handful of people the whole way round even though there were a lot of tourists in the parking lot and on the bridge at the beginning taking photos.

so beautiful and grand when we are in the midst of the mountains and lakes, the golden larch reflections on the lake is picture perfect !

hiking
28 days ago

A short hike, most of which is pretty easy going. The first part of the trail is pretty boring but the falls make up for it. Suitable for all levels including kids.

Hike to the basin. Totally worth it.

All uphill from campground but worth it. Agree both upper and lower views are a must. Lower gives full show ala stream. Also appreciated start of next gen hoodoos on opposite ridge on way down. Even without view of clouded high peaks, all in!

on Emerald Lake Trail

hiking
1 month ago

Really great trail! Parking lot is small so we had to park on side of the road but wasn’t too far. I took my 7 and 4 year old kids with me. We didn’t do the uphill part, but we did the trail that takes you all around the lake. It was 7.5 km and took us 2 hrs with stops for the kids to play by the lake, which you could do at 3 or 4 spots where the trail levels out to the lake. Easy walk, no major steep sections. Muddy in some parts, for sure. Lots of great views. Many people come to get a glimpse of the lake but few do the trail, making it relatively quiet along the way. Highly recommended.

walking
1 month ago

A short walk on a paved path to a great view of the tall, spectacular falls. Crowded parking lot and walkway.

I didn’t find Takakkaw Falls really great. There were so many tourists around and climbing on the falls that it was hard to enjoy. I wouldn’t go again.

Hiking to Laughing Falls (approx 6-7 km round trip) was much more satisfactory in my opinion, with gorgeous falls at the end and a couple small falls and a lake on the route. Highly enjoyable easy trek.

hiking
1 month ago

A short and easy hike. Not many hikes give you such a great reward at the end!

Be prepared to get drenched with spray if you get anywhere near the falls (I did it on a cold day, luckily the hike back isn’t long!)

hiking
1 month ago

I hiked many trails in Glacier, Yoho, and Kootenay National Parks. The beauty and solitude of this trail made it my favorite.

While there were a few trees across the trail, they did not detract from the hike.

Lovely trail thru the forest. On different trails you can see many other small waterfalls !

Great hike along the lake !

nature trips
1 month ago

Such a beautiful lake with a turquoise color!

hiking
1 month ago

This trail starts from the same parking lot that serves the Emerald Lake Trail, but is cleverly hidden at the opposite end of the parking lot from the main attraction. Those that arrive on bus tours and for quick photos of Emerald Lake will not clog up this trail. A more gentle trek on this same trail will end at the falls just before the first switchback.

On the way up to the falls, keep an eye out along the river bank for hollowed logs wrapped in wire. These appear to be a primitive form of piping used to deliver water from a tiny dam at the bottom of the falls.

Past the falls, the trail gets steeper and drier. Even when the switchbacks end, the trail continues a steady climb. It is a bit of a slog up the mountain with almost all of the views of Emerald Lake and the surrounding mountains obstructed by the forest. This would make the trail a 2 star slog if it were not for what lies near the end of the trail.

Shortly before reaching Lake Hamilton, the views open up. In the distance, you can see the sometimes rocky and sometimes low foliage covered mountains. At your feet, you will see that same foliage up close. In early September, there is a mixture of wildflowers that are still in bloom and others that have gone to seed and are just as beautiful as if in boom. Some of the fall color has arrived in the ground cover, leading to a sea of greens, yellows, and oranges.

The lake is is the same emerald color as Emerald Lake and is quite gorgeous. While it is much smaller, there's a reasonable chance you will have it all to yourself. Bring a blanket to lay out on the "beach" at the end of the trail and plan to rest and take in the views for a while!

This lake is fed from a small glacier at the far end as well as some far off source I couldn't identify. While walking the trail around the west side of the lake, I could hear running water gurgling under the broken shale. At the time that I visited, there was no visible flow from Hamilton Lake to the river that feeds the falls below. The gorge between the two shows that this is not always the case.

It looks tempting to try to make a loop using the trail that leads to Emerald Peak. I tried to find the intersection of that trail on the Hamilton Lake Trail and on the Emerald Lake Trail with no luck. At the Hamilton Lake Trail end, the spot where it should be looks like it has had frequent rock and/or snow avalanches. At the supposed Emerald Lake Trail intersection, there are frequent snow avalanches as indicated by posted warnings and lack of even downed trees in the area.

Beauty everywhere you look. So nice to hike in the prime hiking season and only come across a few groups throughout the day! We did the alpine circuit but I would like to come back to spend more time on the Opabin Plateau. So many lakes, streams and wild flowers! I would like to take more tome to enjoy that special place. We hiked the fire road in and out. It put our day over 30kms and everyone’s feet were not happy for the last 5kms. Other then that, the day was amazing!

awesome, beautiful, moderate trail

did it clockwise with the steeper part at the beginning but it's not that step with switchbacks. once above the trees: outstanding! did extra hiking near the emerald glacier and was over an hour up there.
down to Yoho is great too

1 month ago

We did this trail in the end of June - and it was awesome! As soon as you get to the elevation gain there aren’t many people around :)
Once it goes up, it’s quite steep and after seeing the emerald glacier just keep going and going - way further than the route here displays and you will get rewarded with spectacular views. When we were there, there was still snow up from avalanches. Highly recommended!!

Hard at the first couple Kms and final km at the top. In between is easy trail around Yoho Lake and under the shear cliff. Spectacular views of Emerald Lake and Presidents Glacier.

walking
1 month ago

Great switchback trail. longer than we expected, though the terrain was mild. Rocky scramble to the peak, similar to EEOR or Ha ling. The views at the top are absolutely stunning. Definitely would recommend this hike to anyone looking to spend about 3 1/2 - 4 hours round trip.

Nice easy hike, beautiful view of the falls. Way too busy on the weekend. Encountered a lot of impatient drivers who obviously wanted to get there or out as soon as possible. Valley is beautiful with picturesque falls, tall trees and avalanche paths.

hiking
1 month ago

Gorgeous lake and views! There are so many great places to take photographs here and it wasn't too crowded even mid day. I highly recommend visiting this lake!

hiking
1 month ago

This 1260' waterfall is absolutely stunning! Short easy walk to it with viewpoints along the way. We seen 2 people rock climbing near it as we were walking towards it. It's a must see! There is also a great place in Field to eat at. It's called Truffle Pigs Bistro. It was great food and drink following this wonderful visit!

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