While it may seem glacier melt should be the most pristine source of water bacteria such as Giardia can ruin your trip in a hurry. Twin Falls. It is about a 1 hour 15 minute drive from Banff or one hour from Golden. A bunch of board games, a guitar, and wood burning fireplace make this place quite cozy at night and you’re sure to make new friends! “Scottie! You can make this longer or shorter depending on your energy. Note: Yoho Valley Road is open mid-June through mid-October. Have you been hiking in the last few days? Having not seen anyone apart from the old couple so far, we started to come across more hikers. It’s consistently found on “best of” lists and delivered! We had to take (Aug.2, 2007) the longer loop via Little Yoho Valley as the bridge just near where the Celeste Lake Trail meets the Little Yoho Trail … ( Log Out /  Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. Suffice to say, all layers were needed until later in the day. Never underestimate how cold it can get at night in the Rockies, even during the heat of summer! Iceline – one of the top Yoho National Park hikes. Great for beginners and experienced hikers alike, the Iceline Trail in Yoho National Park is one of the premier hikes in Western Canada. When you curve around The President, you'll descend a little into the forest of Little Yoho Valley. Takakkaw Falls is only the beginning! The colours were out in full and the rain had brought out the smell of the grasses and earth. My water had run out a couple of hours ago. The trail moves along rocky and rugged open terrain as you hike beside the Emerald glacier and over streams and tarns. We hiked 15kms from the parking lot to the Iceline Trail lookout. Share this report on: Due to its tendency to become a bit of an oven on sunny, summer days, you'll want a healthy supply of water and good sun protection. We had some nice chats but didn’t really get to know each other for too long. Iceline Trail Intermediate. I am always cautious about the water I drink from streams so I wasn’t so sure about drinking direct from the river. We had actually started going the other way until we came across a nice lady who recommended that it was probably a better way to do the route. With a soft smile, I did remind her that this is exactly what she was doing earlier at the car park and on the other hikes, but they were different, apparently. I’m not a hiker, but this seems like it would be worth it. Cutting downhill through the forest via switchbacks, the trail passed another junction with the Marpole Lake Trail about a half mile after the Celeste Lake Trail junction; here, I once again stayed on the Little Yoho Valley Trail to head towards Laughing Falls and the Takakkaw Falls Trailhead. The spots turned to splatters and we soon got the rain jackets out and the rain pants on. The tail was pretty clear as it was rather well trodden, which made things much easier as the trail markers (ribbons) were not too easy to spot, wrapped around rocks by our feet. We came to a natural resting point when we joined an old couple taking a breather and trying to peek through the trees. The trail, starting near Takakkaw Falls, climbs to and traverses a high bench with inspiring views of the glacier clad summits towering above the Yoho and Little Yoho Valleys. The maximum elevation is reached at the top of a moraine at km 6.4. Iceline Trail/Little Yoho Valley Trail/Yoho Valley Trail (21.3 km loop, 715 meters elevation gain) – can be done as a long day hike or as an overnight with backcountry camping at Little Yoho or Laughing Falls campgrounds (additional fee applies) or an overnight stay at the Alpine Club of Canada Stanley Mitchell Hut. The Iceline hike is a wonderful trail up past tree line to and along a ridge presenting beautiful vistas across the Yoho Valley of Takakkaw Falls as fast-receding glaciers teeter above you. Pack a first aid kit and know how to use it. Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. We love the, Permits for campsite and/or hut & give a friend a copy of your itinerary, Hiking Boots, Clothes, and a Warm Jacket or Fleece, Water Bottles & Filter or Pristine Tablets. Descending from the Whaleback, after about 30 minutes you’ll run into some powerful rushing water and cross a bridge over the top of Twin Falls. Nearby Hiking Trails. We had already taken in a couple of smaller hikes that would take a morning or an afternoon but now it was time for an all dayer. Elevation Gain: 864m They also require an Alpine Club of Canada membership (which you can purchase). It was an opportune time to get some pretty cool photos and stop for some snacks and drink. For these reasons and its easy accessibility from Calgary, we figured this gem was deserving of a place on our 2017 Alberta Bucketlist despite being in British Columbia. As you’re stopped, keep your eyes peeled for American Dippers. It was a 20.8 k route which by no means unmanageable, but also not a walk in the park either, such as with Emerald Lake . Equipment: Ensure that you have enough food (including fuel), water, and the appropriate equipment for your trip. From Twin Falls the trail is well defined and it’s 8.5km back to the parking lot. We were in “get off the trail” mode so will have to come back another day for these two! This is one of Yoho National Park’s premier backpacking trails. It was a pretty young family, with the oldest of 2 kids maybe around 15. We’d love to hear your story! For most of the Iceline portion of the hike you can see and hear the roar of Takakkaw Falls which makes for a unique experience. By now the rain had halted so it was a perfect time to get going. We also put together an approximate map of the area below: If you’re looking for more, there’s a lot of summits that you can do in the area – Mount Kerr, Isolated Peak, and Whaleback Mountain are popular scrambling destinations. It was a 20.8 k route which by no means unmanageable, but also not a walk in the park either, such as with Emerald Lake. Depending on your experience and fitness level, you have many options to hike the Iceline Trail. We soon covered up our T-shirts with our fleeces to stop the chill from all that sweat that was hanging to our clothes. It can be done as a day trip, or a backpacking trip making it an ideal trail to customize to your schedule and ability. Iceline Trail (Via Celeste Lake) Total Distance: 18 ... and goes 6.6 k in each direction to the Iceline Summit. “Relax, we have all day, there’s no need to rush”. It was a 20.8 k route which by no means unmanageable, but also not a walk in the park either, such as with Emerald Lake . Little Yoho National Park of Canada is located just outside of the small town of Field, BC, and not far from the ski resort of Lake Louise in Alberta. These falls are the second highest in Western Canada. As mentioned, the trail can be done in either direction. I think we both agreed that we had our thirst for hiking adventures quenched as well. For some reason I hadn’t brought my water filter with me. Last summer, I spent a little time in the Canadian Rockies with my dear housemate from London, Loz. We swapped positions. Thanks so much! As with the campgrounds, bookings for the Stanley Mitchell Hut need to be made well in advance. We camped overnight at Laughing Falls. If you’re one of those crazy speedy hikers or a trail runner it is possible to do both sections in one (very long) day but we take no responsibility for your sore feet! We certainly are privileged to have such stunning beauty so close and accessible from our home in Calgary. Fly through on a day trip or split the hike into a multi-day backpacking trip to truly enjoy the surroundings. They’re a fairly plain looking brown bird, but look for their unique white eyelid and characteristic dipping, they’re a lot of fun to watch! A site worth visiting on its own, Takakkaw Falls is the starting point for the Iceline Trail. Length: 20.8 km Hiking time: 8 hours Elevation: 710 m Trailhead: Takakkaw Falls parking lot, 17 km east of Field, B.C. After a couple of good snaps we both decided it was time to head back. To get to Yoho National Park from Calgary (the nearest major city) drive West on Highway 1 for about 2.5 hours. Iceline / Little Yoho Valley Loop. Start at the Whiskey Jack Hostel as it gets the elevation gain out of the way while you have fresh legs and puts you quickly above the treeline. If doing the trail clockwise as we did, one goes left (northwest) towards the top of Twin Falls and I assume the other goes straight down to Yoho Valley and the parking lot. Let’s work together to keep Yoho National Park safe.. Share your trail pictures with us! “I can, but I don’t want to” I say. Starting in the clockwise direction from Whiskey Jack Hostel the backcountry campgrounds on this gem of a trek in Yoho National Park are as follows: A 2km off the normal Iceline path and not too far from the Hostel. Last but not least, operated by the Alpine Club of Canada, this hut is the luxury way to do a backpacking trip. 9. Parks Canada has an excellent page on safety which you should read before entering the backcountry. We camped overnight at Laughing Falls. We hiked the full loop to make sure we saw the Whaleback and Twin Falls and it is about 30km. Shared By: We couldn’t see it on the trail so we only really noticed it when we saw a break from the forest to the side. Takakkaw Falls Campground via Iceline Trail. By now we had found a pace that worked for us both. At the bottom of the descent through an avalanche gully, turn left onto the Little Yoho Trail and follow it to reach a junction at Laughing Falls. We could see Daly Glacier and Takakkaw Falls which looked so big when close up, now seemed nothing but a trickle. Just past Twin Falls is the historic Twin Falls Teahouse. I am sure that we would have both benefit from a better warm-up than our stroll from the car park. Further on there are detours for Point Lace Falls and Angel’s Staircase. She set the pace and we continued up through the trees. It is about a 1 hour 15 minute drive from Banff or one hour from Golden. We met a Japanese couple who kindly stopped for us to take a photo. What we could see however was this nice little peak ahead of us. It was nice to have a change in terrain as well. My waterproofs were very much in the need for some re-treatment so the shelter of the ACC Hut was a pleasant sight. The Iceline hike is a wonderful trail up past tree line to and along a ridge presenting beautiful vistas across the Yoho Valley of Takakkaw Falls as fast-receding glaciers teeter above you. After hiking along the Iceline, we eventually descended back into the forest, with only a couple kilometres to go until Stanley Mitchell Hut and Little Yoho Campground. Starting from Takakkaw Falls, one of tallest in Canada, it goes up to follow the lower edge of several glaciers. We had opted to spend the night at the Stanley Mitchell Hut (And by “opted” I mean it was the only option that wasn’t booked solid) where we met a few other groups, including a guided group out of New York, which represents a testament to the world class beauty of the Iceline Trail. via the Trans-Canada Highway and Yoho Valley Road. Crossing Laughing Falls is a highlight and the campground there looks gorgeous nestled in by the river. So we took on the Iceline trail via Little Yoho. Reservations are required for camping and park passes are required for driving there.… McArthur, the Des Poilus Glacier and Isolated Peak anchor the far end of the Iceline Trail as you near the Little Yoho Valley. Iceline trail locates in Yoho National Park, is a must do for any avid hikers. Located near twin falls (guess that was pretty obvious eh?) The beginning of the trail climbs through forest and steadily gains elevation, quickly putting you above treeline. We had considered staying the night at the Takakkaw Falls Campground, but with sore feet and storm clouds on the horizon the walk back in to Takakkaw Falls Campground didn’t seem to appealing . Although we were happy to have stopped we got cold pretty quickly. As the weather is looking nice, we decided to start the Iceline trail in Yoho national park today. Essential information about the Iceline Trail Getting to the Iceline Trail. Of course she turned and gave me that look of ‘hurry up’ as if I was taking my time idly looking at the beer section in the supermarket. On a previous trip to the Iceline, we hiked the 21 km trail over two days, camping at Little Yoho Valley. Perfectly spaced to break up the Iceline Trail. Parking here can be tricky in the middle of the day, but if you’re patient a spot will open up. Getting to Yoho National Park & The Iceline Trail, Hiking the Iceline Trail in Yoho National Park, Zentraveller’s Backpacking Trip on the Iceline Trail, Backcountry Zen: The Northover Ridge Hike, Sleeping Pad (Not required if staying at the hut. As you’ll be working hard and may be doing so in the heat of the day, it’s a good idea to pack hydration salts as well. For our trip we opted to do the trail clockwise, starting at the Hostel and doing the main portion of Iceline on the first day. RVs and trailers are not permitted due to steep switchbacks.” Cell Reception: Only once in the alpine. Located near twin falls (guess that was pretty obvious eh?) The trail to the Stanley Mitchell Hut is roughly 11km, so with a relatively short distance ahead of us,  we figured we could make up for our late start. On a number of occasions she told me to go on ahead but I felt if I knew what was good for me I’d stay behind and let her lead, so I declined. After admiring the Takakkaw Falls and snapping a few photos (ok, more than a few) we set out towards the Whiskey Jack Hostel and the start of the Iceline Trail at 2pm. I was willing just for a drink. You may set out during a beautiful sunny day with a perfect forecast but if you hike enough in the Rockies you know you’ll get stormed on someday. About 6km past Twin Falls. Beginning at Takakkaw Falls, we headed up Yoho Valley. Although we already had at least 3 hikes in as many days under out belts, the general strain of living in each others pockets as well as the longest hike we would have done together was going to take patience. We took her advice, retraced our steps and started on the ‘better’ direction. As Parks Canada states: “Yoho Valley Road is open mid-June through mid-October. It was slow going and full of switchbacks. ( Log Out /  Cutting downhill through the forest via switchbacks, the trail passed another junction with the Marpole Lake Trail about a half mile after the Celeste Lake Trail junction; here, I once again stayed on the Little Yoho Valley Trail to head towards Laughing Falls and the Takakkaw Falls Trailhead. The wind had picked up now as well and we were very much hoping that the heavens didn’t open whilst we were up here. The first half being at glacial level and extremely bare, where as now we were back with the trees, meadows that we both loved. Alternatively, use a filter or purchase tablets to treat the water. Starting from Takakkaw Falls, one of tallest in Canada, it goes up to follow the lower edge of several glaciers. The hike follows remnants of the Emerald Glacier and with the majority of it is above treeline you’ll be treated to stupendous views of the surrounding mountains and glaciers. Although, the Iceline Trail is not a technically challenging trail, it’s long, and you’re in the backcountry, so it’s best to be careful. Yoho’s most spectacular backpacking begins in the Yoho Valley. Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. The trail was easier by now, a well marked and flat gravel path, and we started to come across more of the designated camping areas. Mount Carnarvon Loop. You can make this longer or shorter depending on your energy. No matter, we were planning to do the Whaleback anyway. Trip overview – The Iceline Trail is one of the signature day hikes within Yoho National Park. 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