Want to see waterfalls, wildflowers, stunning mountains, glacial rivers and an Emerald Glacier? Then this just might be the hike for you. I won’t lie, you’ll earn these views with about 4,400′ in elevation gain and loss over 14.5 miles, with 2,000′ gained in the first couple miles (or you could reverse the loop to end with some serious descending and enjoy the benefit of crowd avoidance).
The views along the Iceline Trail were divine, including Emerald Glacier, the President Range, Whaleback Mountain and I believe the Waputik Range.
- Grizzly activity closes trails or requires groups of four to travel together. Therefore, it’s always good to go prepared with a Plan B; better yet, also with Plan C and D.
- If you’re like me and prefer photos minus strangers, and quiet trails with more opportunity to see wildlife, especially during peak tourist season, GO EARLY. I started hiking around 8am and shared the trail occasionally with a few others. By the time I reached the Yoho Valley Trail, there were few instances of solitude. Since Takakkaw Falls are viewable from the parking lot, this is a stop for the tourist buses.
- There are several on-trail lodging options: Twin Falls Chalet, Stanley Mitchell Hut, Twin Falls and Takakkaw Falls campgrounds, and Whiskey Jack Hostel.
- Other nearby lodging options:
- City of Banff
- A Parks Canada Pass is required.
- Link to my other Canada blog posts.
- Gem Trek Publishing, Lake Louise & Yoho (Hiking Map & Guide)
- Canadian Rockies Trail Guide by Brian Patton and Bart Robinson
- Don’t Waste Your Time In The Canadian Rockies: The Opinionated Hiking Guide by Kathy and Craig Copeland