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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.

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.

Boring road to walk. Easy tho. But getting to Lake O’Hara was well worth is. Omg

Beautiful well worth the hike easy hike too

somewhat mild entrance. that leads to a beautiful waterfall you can enjoy from above and below

beautiful and scenic, easy strolling. what emerald glow!

Trailhead is almost 2 KM up O'Hara Lake Road, and is closed to vehicles. Don't forget to add the extra mileage onto your hike! Heavily forested hike. Didn't see another soul which was nice compared to the other park hikes. Could hear highway traffic noise along the trail, but the lake was nice and quiet.

hiking
5 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.

hiking
5 days ago

If you only go to the old fire tower you really do not get the incredible views. Keep going up the well defined trail to get incredible views of Sherbrooke Lake, the Waputik Icefield, the President and Vice President Mountains and more.

For the last 100 m of elevation there are numerous trials to take to the first summit (the true summit is further along the ridge). This trail is worth it for sure!

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 and stunning view after 11 kms walking uphill. Tons of Mosquitoes! Back to park lot, I took the shuttle after paying 10 dollar cash. Seats were plenty, as two school bus run at the same time.

Amazing views up top!

Amazing views, especially in the fall with yellow larch trees. My favourite hike so far!

This is a nice easy trail around the lake. It goes through a very damp dense forest into a big opening and around the other side of the lake is pretty sunny. We use this as a nice 5 km stretching our legs for a big hike tomorrow. Go early as it gets very crowded. Emerald Lake was a beautiful Clay see you awake the colors are gorgeous and if you go before the crowds and canoeing starts the lake is like glass and you can catch the mountains reflections

hiking
14 days ago

You have to do this hike with a guide through the Burgess Shale Geo-Foundation or Parks Canada (although a good chunk of it can be hiked without a guide, just the last bit is technically when you have to be with a guide due to the protection of the fossil site, there are signs that warn you). Very rewarding hike with amazing views and amazing 508-million-year-old rare soft body fossils at the end, once in a lifetime experience! The weather did change quickly and the amount of mosquitos at the lower parts of the trail were crazy, def bring bug spray and hiking poles!!

on Emerald Lake Trail

hiking
14 days ago

This review is only for the “hike” around the lake. I put hike in quotations because it’s more of a stroll. Beautiful stroll through. If you want to enjoy a fairly easy hike, this will do it. It’s about 50/50 in terms of shade/exposed. Emerald Lake is really a sight to see - gorgeous water and towering Canadian Rockies. I went mid July, late morning and the weather was fine. Rained a little, but nothing to write home about. Recommend getting to the lake as early as you can - parking fills up quick (at least during the summer season).

hiking
15 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
15 days ago

Emerald Lake is phenomenally beautiful. The walk around the lake is basically flat and a very enjoyable stroll. We continued on to the basin, which honestly wasn’t really worth the trip. The streams at the top were fun to dip your feet in, but the views are much better on the other trails we’ve done during our week in Canada.

Fantastic hike. Truly a mix of all the Rockies has to offer. A glacial lake, a pine forest, waterfalls, streams and a glacier. Can’t go wrong. Lost almost all the tourists by the time we turned off toward the basin. Saw a few folks on the way. Very quiet around the back rim of the lake. It is crowded, but parking does open up as most people don’t stay too long and there’s parking along the road in. Arrived around 1pm and found a spot quickly.

hiking
16 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.

hiking
16 days ago

Disapointed by this trail. Nothing special in the wooded portion. Nice view from the lookout, but nothing better than other mountains in this area and here you have a view over the highway... not for me. Going to the top was very tough because no clear path, no markers and cairns were not helpfull (they are anywhere). At mid distance we came back. Fifth hike in five days, maybe we were just tired or have seen so nicest trails in Banff Park?

Beautiful loop trail!

hiking
17 days ago

Wonderful hike. We only climbed to the lookout because we wanted to go to Sherbrooke Lake, which we were really glad we did. The hike up to the lookout was a steady uphill climb with only a few switchbacks. Not too bad and the views were terrific. The hike down to the lake was very easy, but I highly recommend it. The lake is stunning beautiful and incredibly tranquil. Moraine Lake without all the people! The trail beside the lake was filled with wildflowers and spectacular vistas across the lake to the jagged peaks beyond. We spent a couple hours just meandering along the trail and sitting beside the lake enjoying the view and the quiet beauty away from the craziness of the Lake Louise area. I would highly recommend combing the two hikes we did for anyone who is looking for a nice climb, panoramic views and ending your day on a gorgeous turquoise Canadian Rockies lake.

Fantastic gem! 11 km hike in if you don’t get a bus pass, 3 months in advance.

hiking
20 days ago

we love this hike , for sure some day will come back here again.

hiking
20 days ago

The emarald color of the lake is incredible. Trail is mostly flat around the lake and little step at the end to see the lake from above

hiking
20 days ago

The Mt. Stephen Quarry trail offers a brisk hike up from Field B.C. to expansive views of Feld and the surrounding Yoho National Park. Mt. Stephen is offered as a guided hike through the Burgess Shale Geoscience Foundation in Field, the feature being the Mt. Stephen fossil quarry. A German railway engineer working on the Trans-Canada in 1886 discovered a great trove of trilobites, tube worms and anomalocaris fossils here. This discovery lead Charles Doolittle Wolcott of the Smithsonian to explore the area and make the more significant Wolcott Quarry discovery some years later. For me, the Mt. Stephen fossils were more plentiful and impressive than what I saw at Wolcott, and gave more opportunities for hands-on examination as the trilobites and other Cambrian fossils are scattered everywhere. Keep in mind that there is no collecting here--only photos, and the site is monitored for fossil poaching just like the Wolcott Quarry.

21 days ago

Horribly buggy trail. Not much to see, falls unimpressive.

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