Explore the most popular wild flowers 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.

Nice scenery but a little crowded at times

I went there for the sunset, it's the best for the light (I even saw a rainbow!) and I was almost alone. The smoke is not a problem there even though it was all around.
The view from look out is as beautiful as from the foot of the waterfall.

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.

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.

Look out for the blue marks! Windy and nice weather.

hiking
7 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!

walking
8 days ago

Beautiful well worth the hike easy hike too

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!

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

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!

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

walking
1 month ago

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.

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!

hiking
1 month 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.

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!

hiking
1 month ago

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

backpacking
1 month ago

Perfect trail! My wife and I have camping in the twin falls campground. Laughting falls is at the middle of this trail. Both of these two falls are amazing!

hiking
1 month ago

beautiful lakes

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

hiking
1 month ago

We completed the the trail, but added in the Marpole Lake trail, creating more of a loop, rather than out and back. Beautiful hike, with some varied terrain. Loved the many waterfalls.
The trail had a few fallen trees across the path, plus a large avalanche debris section covering the trail near Marpole Lake. It wasnt an issue and can be easily maneuvered through.
The seasonal bridge on the Whaleback Trail was still packed away for winter season, and Iceline Trail was still not recommended by Parks (June 20, 2018)

hiking
2 months ago

Easy and beautiful!

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!

walking
3 months ago

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

hiking
3 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.

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