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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.

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.

Très belle chute... Descendre jusqu au bas du chemin

hiking
3 days 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.

walking
3 days ago

Great hike, not to long fairly flat but the views are exceptional. Would definitely do again and again.

nature trips
5 days ago

Beautiful views. We only did the lake circuit, but we loved it.The first hundred meters of the trail are very crowded, but it thins out as you progress. For the First 2km’s or so, you walk on a heavily used gravel path. Then, you’re into a lush forest with wonderful huge trees. Second part is more of an easy hike with lots of roots and muddy spots. We ended up here because there were no parking spots left at Lake Louise and it was TOTALLY worth it.

We brought our 4 dogs yesterday June 7 and had a blast. We hiked up to the top but were too tired to go further and heard from another couple there was still snow farther up. Not sure what else was to view? We took our time and it was 13km total an about 4-5 hours with lots of down time. Beautiful streams along the path . An the waterfall was gorgeous . Busy in parking lot an around lake but fine up on the trail up the mountain . Hardly saw anyone .

hiking
11 days ago

Definitely worth the side trip and short, 1hr hike. Beautiful waterfall with views of the mountains. If you’re willing to risk it, go past the fence and down for even more incredible views. One thing to note is there are a lot of mosquitos due to the sitting water from waterfall mist. Not really much concern, just a slight bother is all.

Nice short hike with some history.

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!

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!

Hiked up to the Basin today! Trail around the lake was in great condition, up to the basin was clear until the avalanche chutes. Still lots of snow remaining, but very much passable. Snow is packed and you stay on top in almost all sections. Beautiful views, short section of uphill climbing but 100% worth it.

hiking
22 days ago

Awesome ~ do it!!! Be sure to go down to the bottom. Daytime will reveal stunning rainbows... my crazy Canadian beau even took a dip! Lots of mosquitoes after 6 pm.

Warning!! BEAR cub on trail!! Ran out in front of us on trail. Never saw mom but I’m sure she is close. We heard noise in the bush.

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

hiking
1 month ago

First half of the hike through the forest makes you consider this a walk and then it picks up and drops off a bit. Great secluded area by the waterfalls and a fantastic backdrop. Stood there for hours skipping rocks and relaxing. A lot less traffic then Emerald falls or some of the other nearby locations. (Competed this last June)

hiking
1 month ago

Completed this blast June. Was unable to do the entire loop due to avalanche snow cutting off half the loop. The lake is truly stunning and well worth it.

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.

hiking
2 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.

2 months ago

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

Used this as approach to scramble up Mount Daly in August 2017. Made for a long 14 hour day but after three years of hiking in the Bow Valley, this is probably my favourite approach hike of all time. Will likely do this again this year to bag Mount Niles

walking
4 months ago

A beautiful and easy hike. Can be busy though.

backpacking
4 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.

hiking
5 months ago

One of the best day hikes in the Canadian Rockies. Over a relatively short distance you cover an amazing variety of sights - from alpine meadows, pine forests, right up to moraine fields directly beneath glaciers. The panoramic views in every direction are breathtaking. The first section from the trail head (parking is just before the Takakkaw Falls turn off) is pretty steep, but the rewards are certainly worth it - great views of the falls across the valley and the glaciers feeding it above, plus the steep climb gets you considerably high quickly, out of the tree line and from there on the views just keep getting better.

Although its listed as one way you can easily make a circuit, going back through the Yoho valley beside the river. Either turn off at the Celeste Lake junction, or really push yourself by heading to the top of the valley at the Mount Kerr turnoff before heading back. Long day but totally worth it. There are some really nice campsites for those who may want to break it up into a two day outing.

Highly recommend for a hike that is everything you imagine of the Canadian Rockies.

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

hiking
6 months ago

I did the Emerald Lake Loop the last weekend of November. It was snowing heavily, but the trail was fairly well packed from plenty of foot traffic, making it easy to walk in the snow with a good pair of boots. (However, I'm sure it will be a snowshoe or cross-country-ski-only trail quite soon with all the snow falling at Emerald Lake.) The trail was beautiful and an easy walk. Plaques along the walk had colourful descriptions about the landscape, glacier, and lake. I spent two hours doing the loop at a comfortable pace through the snow with plenty of stops for photos. And, I only saw one other group on the trail at this time of year. Though I had planned to hike up Emerald Basin, the falling snow was already too deep and making the trail hard to see and navigate; I'll have to return in the summer to enjoy that part of the hike.
I highly recommend the loop for short and easy, yet beautiful walk.

A must hike if you are into fossils and also beautiful scenery. This hike starts around the Takakkaw Falls and pretty much follows the Iceline Trail until little Yoho Lake. From there you have another couple of hours until you reach the Walcott Quarry. This is a guided hike only as the area is restricted and monitored being a UNESCO world heritage site for one of the best hard & soft body parts fossil preservation of Cambrian marine animals from 540 million years ago. Our guide was a geo-physicist from the Burgess Shale Geo-Foundation ( they organise the hikes) and her wealth of knowledge was unbelieveable. It is a long hike (22km) and a long day. We had snow, sun,showers, wind etc so be prepared and extra layers of clothing + good hiking shoes are recommended.

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

hiking
7 months ago

Great alternative to the Takakka falls which we're closed. The hike is really easy, and the falls are incredible.

walking
8 months ago

Great hike with gorgeous view. Drive as far down the road as you can, there is parking at the end and it really cuts down on the the supposed length that some sites quote.

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