Iceline Trail

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Iceline Trail is a 14.2 kilometer lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Field, British Columbia, Canada that offers scenic views. The trail is rated as difficult and primarily used for hiking and trail running.

DISTANCE
14.2 km
ELEVATION GAIN
864 m
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

hiking

trail running

views

snow

backpacking
1 month 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.

hiking
1 month 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
1 month 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
1 month 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!!

2 months ago

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.

2 months 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
2 months ago

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

3 months ago

Amazing trail. I keep going back to this one. Oddly tho, they don’t map it out as a loop which it can be and always the more adventurous option if you have a few hours!

5 months ago

Probably the best hike I have ever done. Do the loop all the way past the Stanley Mitchell hut. Challenging.

hiking
8 months ago

One of the best day hikes in the Canadian Rockies. Over a relatively short distance you cover an amazing variety of sights - from alpine meadows, pine forests, right up to moraine fields directly beneath glaciers. The panoramic views in every direction are breathtaking. The first section from the trail head (parking is just before the Takakkaw Falls turn off) is pretty steep, but the rewards are certainly worth it - great views of the falls across the valley and the glaciers feeding it above, plus the steep climb gets you considerably high quickly, out of the tree line and from there on the views just keep getting better.

Although its listed as one way you can easily make a circuit, going back through the Yoho valley beside the river. Either turn off at the Celeste Lake junction, or really push yourself by heading to the top of the valley at the Mount Kerr turnoff before heading back. Long day but totally worth it. There are some really nice campsites for those who may want to break it up into a two day outing.

Highly recommend for a hike that is everything you imagine of the Canadian Rockies.

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