Explore the most popular trail running trails in Yoho National Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Did this hike on 8/17/18 starting from parking area and going up clockwise behind hostel. Good views of the falls on the way up. Pretty steep for the first few miles. Then some up and down along the ridge for a couple of miles. Great view and cool breeze from the glaciers above you. Once you start down you will be in the forest again. There was smoke when we were hiking, but still some great views. We are mid 60' s and had no problems, but we are also not in any big hurry.

backpacking
2 days 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.

Easy hike to the chalet at the base of twin falls. Lots of switchback to the top of twin falls. We did a loop out along whaleback/ isolated peak route to the ACC hut. Lots of steep climbing to hit the ridge but some beautiful views.

Great hike, beautiful views. Very quiet compared to Emerald lake, saw nobody off the main lake trail

hiking
5 days ago

Amazing hike with several waterfalls and panoramic views. We crossed the falls and looped back down to Laughing Falls. My Strava app said it was 14.2 miles total. Very steep going up and down from Twin Falls but tons of switchbacks make it a little easier. Definitely was long and took all day but well worth it!

beautiful and scenic, easy strolling. what emerald glow!

hiking
11 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!

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

on Emerald Lake Trail

hiking
20 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
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
21 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
21 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!

hiking
25 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

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.

The first part of the hike, around the lake, was very easy and flat. We actually saw a moose and her two babies swimming here, very cool. I highly recommend extending the hike to get all the way up to Emerald Basin. The hike is moderate, and very secluded, great chance to escape the crowds. Don’t be alarmed by the initial steep start, it flatter out after about 30 minutes. The view from the top does not display the lake, although it is still incredible and serene. I liked Emerald Lake better than Lake Louise, personally.

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!

hiking
1 month ago

In 3 hours one can hike halfway to pretty Laughing Falls on this trail and back to the Takakkaw Falls parking lot. The majority of the 124 meter elevation gain is acquired on one hill after the spurs for Angels Staircase and Point Lace Falls. Higher, the trail is in generally good condition to the Laughing Falls bridge and campground. Good views of Takakkaw Falls, the Yoho River, and the Daly Glacier along the way.

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!

The climb up to Sherbrooke lake is easy going but not much to see. Once you get to the lake though it just opens right up to some gorgeous views. The trail along the lake is really cool, it's right at the waters edge and even dips into the water a bit at points. It is full of roots and not too runnable (if you are trying to run like us) but easily passable if you just hike. It looked like it had been freshly cleared as well.

Past the lake is some climbing past a couple of waterfalls. Had to stop plenty of times for pictures.

At the top you get to a nice open meadow and you can see in all directions. Made us a bit cautious looking for bears here but none were encountered.

Past the meadow you enter the forest again. We got a little past 8km mark where there was some stream crossings. The water was moving really fast and obviously freezing cold. Was about knee to thigh deep. We turned around at this point as one of the bridges (aka timber over the stream) was knocked down and some in our group weren't comfortable with the speed and depth of the stream to cross. I'm 6'1" and went across ok for some pictures.

We did this trail July 6, 2018. No snow or snowfields were encountered at all (I would expect some though if we had continued to the peak). So much to look at pretty much entire route made it well worth doing.

hiking
1 month ago

A cracking 3 mile (4.8km) loop around a very picturesque lake near Field, BC suitable for almost anyone. If you want to park in the main lot, I would definitely suggest getting there before 0830 in peak season, but there is more parking on the road coming in. Also check out the Emerald Basin trail (which adds an extension to this) or the Emerald Lake Triangle trail.

hiking
1 month ago

very good hike, suggest going counterclockwise
a little rocky at the end

hiking
1 month ago

Best hike so far. Just gorgeous.

hiking
1 month ago

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

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