Climbing & Mountaineering
|An excellent resource for climbers can be
found on the
Yoho Links Page - Personal Pages
( Yoho Trail Map )
There are restricted areas in the park so check with the park office regarding your chosen route. Route descriptions can be had at the visitor's center. The main staging point for climbs, and the birth place of alpine climbing in Canada, is at Lake O'Hara. Other peaks in the park are listed separately. Lake O'Hara is 13km from the parking lot just off highway 1A in the eastern section of the park. You can backpack in or take the shuttle. If you choose the shuttle, reservations are required (there is a strict quota) and the number of bags of luggage is restricted. The shuttle bus runs several times a day. You'll find the Alpine Club of Canada hut at Lake O'Hara and another, high above it, at Abbot Pass. Reservations are required.
Wiwaxy Peak 2,703m
Detailed description of these routes are available in "Selected Alpine Climbs in the Canadian Rockies" by Sean Dougherty, Rocky Mountain Books
President 3,138 - Access from the
south at Emerald Lake or from the north from the Stanley
Vice President 3066m - Access from
the south at Emerald Lake or from the north from the
Stanley Mitchel Hut
Mount Stephan 3,199m - Access from
the Trans-Canada highway
The Goodsirs, which are in Kootenay National Park to the south of Yoho, are often accessed from Yoho through the Ottertail Trail.