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Best trails in Yoho National Park

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Looking for a great trail in Yoho National Park, British Columbia? AllTrails has 63 great hiking trails, trail running trails, views trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Gearing up for a challenge? There are 29 hard trails in Yoho National Park ranging from 6.6 to 67.3 km and from 1,082 to 3,192 meters above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
Description

Yoho National Park is located on the western slopes of the Canadian Rocky Mountains. It was established in 1886. Its landscape is made of high mountains, valleys, forests, rivers and waterfalls. It is home to a varied wildlife including grizzly bears, black bears, timber wolves, cougars, moose, elks as well as many other species. It is thus a great place to watch wildlife, backpack and hike. Detailed fees and permits on the park website. Accessibility: Most picnic areas are wheelchair accessible and have accessible outhouse toilets. For more accessible facilities and trails information, please call the visitor's center at 1-877-737-3783.

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Map of trails in Yoho National Park
Park information
Area:
131,000 hectares
Contact
1-888-773-8888
Top trails (63)
#1 - Emerald Lake Trail
Yoho National Park
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Length: 10.8 km • Est. 3 h 31 m
Think Lake Louise without the crowds and with better chances of seeing North American wildlife. This trail is the Rockies at its best. It combines a circuit of a green glacial lake surrounded by mountains, with a diversion to Emerald Basin through forests and avalanche chutes to see the glacier that created it all. In the warmer months, you can add canoeing to the activity list. The hiking will be more limited in winter, but you have skating, snowshoeing, and cross-country skiing options to make up for it. The trail is rated as moderate because of some steep sections in the climb to Emerald Basin, but you can just stick to the lake circuit if you want an easier level stroll. The hike to the basin is rewarding not just for the views - it also gets you up close with friendly colonies of ground squirrels and marmots. It is popular by Yoho standards, but you are not going to get the pedestrian traffic jams of nearby Lake Louise or Banff. The good news is that even on busy summer days, most Emerald Lake visitors don't venture too far from the car park at the start of the trail to capture their photo opportunity. And once you are off the lake circuit, the basin trail feels like true wilderness.Show more
#2 - Wapta Falls
Yoho National Park
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Length: 5.1 km • Est. 1 h 16 m
Please note: During winter the road to the trailhead is closed. This closure adds 2 KM one-way to the hike. Bring microspikes! This hike offers a beautiful view of impressive falls. There is very little incline, and not far to go before you hear the roar of the falls. The falls are especially beautiful in the winter when the water is flowing heavily.Show more
#3 - Takakkaw Falls Trail
Yoho National Park
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Length: 1.3 km • Est. 20 m
Note: The road leading to this trailhead closes seasonally. For more information, please see https://www.pc.gc.ca/en/pn-np/bc/yoho These are some of the highest waterfalls in Canada with beautiful Yoho hiking around them. Accessibility: Although this trail is paved and typically over four feet wide, there are a couple steep sections of this trail that have a grade greater than 8% such as near the bridge. Assistance may be required for wheelchair or stroller users at these points. The max grade is 12% at about 0.3 - 0.4 miles. The average grade for the trail is 5%.Show more
#4 - Lake O'Hara and Lake Oesa Via Alpine Loop Trail
Yoho National Park
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Length: 7.9 km • Est. 2 h 56 m
Please note, the trailhead is only accessible via shuttle service through Parks Canada reservation system. Alternatively, since reservations tend to fill up quickly, you can choose to hike an additional 11km on the access road. Another option is to book a stay at the Lake O'Hara Lodge. Please check their respective websites for more information.Show more
#5 - Emerald Lake Loop
Yoho National Park
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Length: 5.1 km • Est. 1 h 33 m
Emerald Lake is a spectacular and serene turquoise glacial lake in Yoho National Park surrounded by mountains. It is so picturesque. The drive from the Trans Canada Highway along the narrow but newly paved road to Emerald Lake is absolutely gorgeous as it cuts through the dense forest. From Field, it takes around 15 minutes to arrive at the parking lot. The lake is visible from the parking lot and a wooden bridge crossed a portion of it leading to the Emerald Lake Lodge and a restaurant called Cilantro on an island. Emerald Lake is so breathtaking and the colour of the water was an incredible and vibrant turquoise colour. The lake was surrounded by snow-peaked mountains on all sides and it is quite an inspiring landscape. The hike starts off along a paved trail through the beautiful forest with many openings through the trees along the way to provide stunning views of the lake and mountains. The beginning of the trail passed through an avalanche path along the slope of the mountain which was filled with lush grasses and colourful flowers but no trees and is interesting to see. The trail continues along the lakeshore with wooden benches positioned perfectly along the way providing lovely views of the peaceful lake through the openings in the trees. The pathway turnes from pavement to gravel and reaches the far end of the lake where there is an open area with incredible views of the mountains and lake from a different perspective. It then loops back around on the opposite side. The second half of the hike passed through much different terrain than the first half of a largely pine tree forest, which makes it really interesting. The vegetation is lush and almost tropical as mosses and other unique jungle-type plants thrive on this shaded portion of the walk, due to this side of the lake being protected by the shadow of the towering mountains much of the time and seeing lots of rain. There are interpretive signs along the entire path from start to finish which explain more about the history and vegetation around the lake. There are fewer openings with views of the lake along this half of the trail and it mostly passes through the dense forest along a narrower and slightly less maintained path. Close to the end of the trail just before it meets back up with the Emerald Lake Lodge, it passes through a gorgeous meadow area along the lake with colourful flowers and then returns to the beginning of the loop. Walking this trail and being in the presence of such awe-inspiring natural beauty is such a great experience. The trail provides plenty of spectacular views of the turquoise-coloured lake and mountains from all angles and is completely flat the entire way making it great for accessible for almost everyone. Even if you don’t do the hike, you can still find beautiful views of the lake from the road that crosses over to the lodge and restaurant. There are so many wonderful photo opportunities at Emerald Lake and it’s a gorgeous place to relax and explore for a half-day. Emerald Lake is much less crowded and quieter than other glacial lakes in the Rockies like Lake Louise and Moraine Lake and is just as beautiful, making it a fantastic place to visit if you’re looking for a more peaceful atmosphere with less of a touristy feel. If you are in the Yoho National Park area, we recommend making a trip to this lake. It’s also definitely worth arriving here early in the morning to experience the tranquility of the lake and area.Show more
#6 - Iceline Trail
Yoho National Park
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Length: 14.2 km • Est. 5 h 28 m
Note: The road leading to this trailhead closes seasonally. For more information, please see https://www.pc.gc.ca/en/pn-np/bc/yoho This trail has great views up past the tree line and presents amazing vistas across the Yoho Valley. You will also see the glaciers above you. There are many different lengths available to you.Show more
#7 - Lake O'Hara Alpine Circuit
Yoho National Park
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Length: 10.6 km • Est. 4 h 37 m
This alpine circuit for hikers is the gift that keeps on giving. It’s well-marked and above the treeline, so the views are always exceptional. The lake itself is surrounded by an amphitheatre of mountains on three sides. Please note, the trailhead is only accessible via shuttle service through Parks Canada reservation system. Alternatively, since reservations tend to fill up quickly, you can choose to hike an additional 11km on the access road.Show more
#8 - Takakkaw Falls and Yoho Lake Loop
Yoho National Park
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Length: 10.8 km • Est. 4 h 8 m
Note: The road leading to this trailhead closes seasonally. For more information, please see https://www.pc.gc.ca/en/pn-np/bc/yoho A day hike past Rockies glaciers and their creations - Canada's third highest waterfall and hidden lakes. Yoho National Park is an incredibly stunning part of the Canadian Rockies. However, many of the area's best natural features are either just a few minutes stroll from a car park (and get the crowds to match) or are reached via strenuous hikes requiring car pick-ups at the end or longer ones requiring overnight camping. This trail hits the middle ground - a good half-day walk that loops back to where you started. Along the way you'll get amongst the mist of the Takakkaw Falls, pass by glacial lakes, and enjoy views of Emerald Glacier and the surrounding mountains and valleys.Show more
#9 - Iceline, Little Yoho Valley and Yoho Valley Trail Loop
Yoho National Park
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Length: 21.7 km • Est. 7 h 46 m
Note: The road leading to this trailhead closes seasonally. For more information, please see https://www.pc.gc.ca/en/pn-np/bc/yoho This is far too great an area to rush through, if you have 2-3 nights they would be well spent either at Stanley Mitchell Hut or at the nearby campground. This loop can be be done in either direction, but counter-clockwise allows one to face the best scenery much of the time. Begin up the Yoho River Valley along an excellent trail, past Laughing Falls, then ascend a relatively short, moderate hillside to Little Yoho Valley, reaching Stanley Mitchell Hut in 2-3 hours. From the hut, or nearby campground, fine day hikes can be made westward to Kiwetinok Pass or northward, up the Isolated Peak trail located behind the hut up to the Whaleback, and for the adventurous, beyond, to the Des Poilus Glacier. One can also back-track a short distance to the Whaleback trail and ascend it to Twin Falls, then down to the Yoho Valley and return back to the hut. All trails in this area are quite scenic. The return to the parking lot must be done via the Iceline trail unless weather conditions are too unpleasant, as this is a stunningly beautiful, "bucket-list" trail neath the slopes of the Vice President. This trail begins southward, across the meadow from the hut, rises several hundred feet, then meanders along largely level, stark terrain with great views for several miles, eventually descending very steeply back to the road.Show more
#10 - Paget Peak
Yoho National Park
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Length: 9.5 km • Est. 4 h 31 m
Paget Peak is in Yoho National Park. It overlooks Wapta Lake and Sherbrooke Lake. The trail has amazing views. It has rocky and rugged sections with beautiful flora and abundant fauna. Show more
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