Backpacking

  Yoho has excellent backpacking with a wide variety of options. You can hike the trials to wilderness campsites or to one of the alpine huts (See the Alpine Club of Canada). Some of the trails interconnect with trails into the other national parks in the area, Banff, Jasper and Kooteney.

( Yoho Trail Map )

 
If you are particularly interested in Lake O'Hara, you can purchase a detailed map of the area as well as "The Lake O'Hara Backcountry Guide" from the Friends of Yoho National Park. Your purchase will help support the park through the Friend's programs.

McArthur Creek Trail to Goodsir Pass - 23.9km, Intermediate, 900m elevation gain
The trailhead is 8.4km west of the park office in Field along the Trans-Canada highway. Their are two backcountry campsites (See the Wilderness Camping Section) on route, Float Creak 6.2km in then McArthur Creek at the 14.7km mark. The pass will bring you into Kootenay National Park where you can choose to continue to Floe Lake along the Rockwell Trail (See Kootenay National Park for more information.)
Details of the Trail are available in "The Canadian Rockies Trail Guide" by Brian Patton and Bart Robinson, Summer thought

Cataract Brook - 12.8km one way, Intermediate, 400m elevation gain
The trail starts at the Lake O'Hara parking lot which is just off highway 1A very near to the eastern entrance of the park.
You'll hike in the shadow of Cathedral Mountain the whole way. This is a excellent trail which brings you to one of the park's highlights, Lake O'Hara. You have the choice of staying at the lodge or at the campsite. Make sure you have a reservation whatever your choice. From Lake O'Hara you can hike to McArthur Pass and then into the McArthur Creek wilderness campsite.
Note: The use of this trial is restricted (See - McArthur Creek Trial).

Little Yoho Valley - 9.3km one way, Intermediate, 520m elevation gain
Details of the Trail are available in "The Canadian Rockies Trail Guide" by Brian Patton and Bart Robinson, Summerthought
Accessible by way of the Yoho Valley Trail which will take you to Laughing Falls, then take the junction north where you'll climb into the alpine. You can stay overnight at the Stanley Mitchel Hut or the Little Yoho campsite. Make reservations well in advance.

Twin Falls and the Whaleback Trail - 20.1km return, Intermediate/Expert, 820m+ elevation gain
From the end of Yoho Valley Road you follow the Yoho River to Laughing Falls (3.8km), then on to Twin Falls. Continuing on to the Whaleback trail, where you'll encounter some of the most spectacular scenery in the park. The hike to Twin Falls (7.6km) gets crowded so you might want to start out early. Inquire with the park about quotas. You can overnight at the Twin Falls campsite or the Twin Falls Chalet. Ensure you have made reservations well in advance.
Details of the Trail are available in "The Canadian Rockies Trail Guide" by Brian Patton and Bart Robinson, Summerthought

Iceline - 17km Celeste Lake or 19.8km Little Yoho return, Intermediate, elevation gain 695m
The trail starts in Yoho Valley at the Hostel. You can choose to extend the loop by taking the trail back through Little Yoho Valley. This spectacular trail will take you through a wide mix of what the Rockies are all about, from beautiful forests, to avalanche shoots, up to overlooks that take in views of the glaciers, then past aqua colored pools fed by their icy waters.
You can camp at the Little Yoho campsite or stay at the Stanley Mitchel Hut. Reservations are required.
Details of the Trail are available in "The Canadian Rockies Trail Guide" by Brian Patton and Bart Robinson, Summerthought

Waptu Highline - 18.5km Field or 19.0km linear, Intermediate, elevation gain 660m
The trail starts in Yoho Valley at the Hostel. Hike up to the Iceline trail and branch south to Yoho Pass then on to Emerald Lake. The other alternative is to cut over to Burgess Pass from Yoho and hike down to the highway at Field. You can camp at the Yoho Lake campsites.
Details of the Trail are available in "The Canadian Rockies Trail Guide" by Brian Patton and Bart Robinson, Summerthought

McArthur Creek Valley Trail
This trail is closed every year from May 1 to August 15 to protect Grizzly habitat and avoid problems. When it is open there is a quota system for its use. This trail is not maintained and good route finding and wilderness skills are essential. For additional information contact the park or the Friends of Yoho National Park.
Details of the Trail are available in "The Canadian Rockies Trail Guide" by Brian Patton and Bart Robinson, Summerthought