Celeste Lake via Iceline Trail

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Yoho National Park

Celeste Lake via Iceline Trail is a 16.6 kilometer loop trail located near Field, British Columbia, Canada that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, trail running, and bird watching. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 16.6 km Elevation Gain: 913 m Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

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bird watching

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forest

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

snow

hiking
8 months ago

good

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muddy
no shade
rocky
9 months ago

Left the Yoho Lake around 10a, after some rain. Yoho Lake is beautiful and calm. Camping here makes a very early start possible. Shy of 3km to the Iceline junction on a steady climb. Takakkaw Falls views are impressive. The Iceline is easy on a steady but never abrupt climb. Waterfalls from the dyeing glacier are beautiful yet a sad reality. Compared to 20 years ago the glacier has retreated about 20 meters. Junctoion to Celeste lake comes fast. Original plan was to go all the way to Twin Falls camp. However, storms rolled in. Made it back to Takakkaw parking after a 23km hike. The 16.6 Km stated in Alltrails doesn't seem right. After the Celeste trail junction it is a non stop downhill to Laughing Falls. Knees will feel this one for sure. Poles do help. There's available water everywhere. No need to carry liners of H2). Happily bugs were absent due to massive rains and prior frost to this week. However, mossies were resurrecting en masse.

hiking
9 months ago

Great hike! That day it was a bit cloudy, so definitely need to come back on a clearer day. Bumped into a male deer in the forest :)

hiking
rocky
9 months ago

Did the clockwise loop, including several spurs to lakes/waterfalls which aren't directly on the route. Didn't see a single soul on the Iceline segment. The first two miles offer a great workout. While continuous, the incline isn't that steep or unrelenting, as views of Takakkaw Falls and several flat sections offer short breaks from the climb. Vistas become more frequent after the Highline Trail junction and, at around 2.5 miles in, there's nothing obstructing the view of Yoho Valley. There are several unnamed glacial tarns along the route. The trail follows along the shore of two (3 and 3.7 miles in); I scrambled up to a third near the three mile mark. I was a literal stone's throw away from Emerald Glacier, which covered this landscape a century ago. Seeing how far it has receded since then is depressing. After the small pond near Little Yoho River - which has the clearest water I've ever seen - there's little to see. Laughing Falls and the Yoho River highlight the final five miles, but Little Yoho River (and its several cascades) are not readily visible from the trail. Similarly, the Yoho Valley Trail is crowded and offers few glimpses of the glacially-fed river below. I'd recommend doing an out-and-back ending at the tarn below Secretary-Treasurer. This is such a uniquely beautiful trail, and I'd rather pour mileage into it than the more popular Yoho Valley.

hiking
10 months ago

My favorite hike in my two trips to this area. The hike has everything Several lakes, meadows, a rock field, glaciers. Go past the alpine lake at the top to the top before heading back down the Celeste Lake trail. The views are spectacular. Hike took us 7 hours, but we stopped for lots of pictures and had lunch as well. We hiked in shorts and started in T-shirts and put on light fleece when out of the trees and in the open. Bring a rain jacket as we needed that as well. The weather changes quickly up top. No snow on trails. Great conditions.

hiking
10 months ago

Awesome views. Full loop is closer to 12.5 miles.

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muddy
scramble
snow
10 months ago

Took us 6 hours in partial rain; iPhone says 14 miles! Must haves: gaiters, waterproof pants and jackets, hiking sticks a plus. Deep snow (up to 18 inches) in select parts. The Celestine connector was very muddy and had unmelted snow obscuring the trail in parts. However, the ice field views are out of this world, as are the several hidden blue lakes, waterfalls, meadows and forest segments.

hiking
Sun Sep 02 2018

Sun Aug 19 2018

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.

Tue Aug 07 2018

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.

Tue Aug 07 2018

Amazing views up top!

hiking
Sun Jul 29 2018

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
Sat Jul 28 2018

Beautiful loop trail!

hiking
Sun Jul 15 2018

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.

running
Sat Jul 14 2018

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!

Mon Oct 02 2017

The Iceline section of this hike may have been my favorite hike ever. Did the steep part first(hiked clockwise) and found it challenging but not brutal. If you do it this way the second half of the hike is a gradual descent through mostly woods and not nearly as exhilarating as the first half, but then again what is?

Thu Sep 28 2017

Nice peaceful hike through the forest at the start, very few people which is nice for a change. It is a long uphill people that haven't done much hiking before may find it hard. Good views at the top and views of he glacier. We completed it in just under 4 hours but with fast hiking.

hiking
Sat Sep 23 2017

We completed the Iceline trail in late September and it was fairly snowy, and icy in a few places in the forested section but not too slippery. The views at the higher elevations on this trail are truly awesome - and that is an accurate use of the word, not a figure of speech. :-) We opted to complete a loop via Celeste Lake and Yoho Valley. This created a really enjoyable, varied hike: up through forest, then gorgeous icy mountain vistas, and then down through mature forest, lakes, rivers, and water falls via Celeste Lake and Yoho Valley. If you go this way, be warned that the last hour or so is painfully boring. The Yoho Valley stretch at the end is very flat and not at all interesting. You could drive a small car on the trail it's so flat and wide, but I personally think it's better to end that way then to start that way. We saw others doing the same loop counter-clockwise which would mean starting out with the boring bits on Yoho Valley and ending with Iceline. I guess it comes down to personal preference. Doing the loop was a great deal more enjoyable than an out and back trip on Iceline alone would have been, so I do recommend this option if you are up to covering a bit more distance.

hiking
Wed Sep 13 2017

Smoke is gone, not too busy, raining last 1/3rd and 6C at Mitchell Stanley hut. Scenery changes every 15 mins. Amazing hike.

hiking
Sat Sep 09 2017

Amazing hike, amazing views. Starts off steep but levels out, some areas were trickier than others due to the small/loose rocks. Overall, worth the hike for the nice views!

backpacking
Sat Sep 09 2017

Took for a bit during our hike to the Iceline. Good place to stop for some lunch and photos.

Tue Sep 05 2017

Amazing hike, amazing elevation gain. All elevation gain is pretty much in the first hour on switch backs, then levels out in the rocks. Completely worth it to feel like you're on top of the world.

hiking
Fri Sep 01 2017

En fait nous avons fait le grand tour via Little Yoho. Très belle randonnée.

hiking
Mon Aug 21 2017

Amazing day hike. We started towards Laughing Falls first, which is definitely the easier direction. The wildflowers are in full bloom near Celeste lake and were beautiful. A couple other hikers did not go this route because they were told the bridge was out, but it has been rebuilt. Very low traffic made this a peaceful hike.

hiking
Mon Aug 07 2017

Amazing trail the whole family loved it

backpacking
Fri Jul 28 2017

I did this hike quite a few years ago now. But regardless I still think back and have vivid memories of the spectacular views. Hope to go back some day! Happy hiking to you all!

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