Hiking

  The park has trails for all levels of hikers, choose one that suites your fitness level and fits with your itinerary.

The trails will take you to some of the parks most beautiful areas and are well worth the effort. You never know what you might find on a hike in Yoho National Park.

 

( Yoho Trail Map )

WC = Wheel Chair Accessible

Wapta Falls Trail - 4.4km each way, Easy, 30m elevation loss
Off the Trans-Canada in the western sector of the park, 3km from the park entrance. If you're traveling westbound, you'll have to continue to the parks entrance and turn around to gain access from the east bound lane.
Follow the access road for about 2km to the trial. The trail will take you to the Kicking Horse River and Wapta Falls, an impressive 30m waterfall.. The best view is from the lower viewpoint by the falls.

Emerald Lake - 5.2km loop. Small change in elevation, Easy - WC
Turn off to Emerald Lake parking lot between the Natural Bridge and the Park Office at Field. The first part of the trail is wheel chair accessible. A self guide nature trail leads to the lake. The trail is intersected by several other trails as it makes its way around the lake, providing you with lots other hiking options.

Hamilton Falls - 1.6 return, Easy
Turn off to Emerald Lake parking lot between the Natural Bridge and the Park Office at Field. The trail starts at the Emerald Lake parking lot and takes you the short distance to the falls.

Centennial Trail - 2.5km loop, Easy
From the Yoho Valley bridge, the trail loops around the Kicking Horse Campground and along the Kicking Horse River.

Walk-in-the-Past - Linear 2km each way, small change in elevation, Easy
Across the Yoho Valley road from Kicking Horse campground, the trail leads to an old locomotive which was used in the building of the park's Spiral Tunnels.

Ross Lake - 2.6km, Easy/Intermediate, 90m elevation gain
Highway 1A near the eastern border of the park. A short climb from the highway up to the lake. The view of the lake is superb.

Point Lace Falls Angels Staircase - 4.4km, Easy, small elevation change
At the end of the Yoho Valley Road
The trail follows along the valley from the Takakkaw Falls Campground

Mount Hunter Lookout - 7.0km return or 12.8km , Intermediate/Expert, 400m elevation gain
The trail starts across the Trans-Canada at the Wapta Falls turn off, 3km from the parks west gate on the Trans-Canada highway. If you're traveling westbound you'll have to continue to the parks entrance and turn around to gain access from the east bound lane. The trail climbs through the forest to an abandoned fire lookout. The view from the lookout is stunning.

Hoodoos - 3.2km return, Intermediate, 455m elevation gain
Turn off the Trans-Canada at Hoodoo Creek Campgrounds just east of the Wapta Falls turn off, not far from the park's west entrance. The capped Hoodoos are the point of interest here and provide excellent photo opportunities. The trail is short but steep, ascending sharply from the campground.

Emerald Basin - 8.6km return, Intermediate, 250m elevation gain
Follow the Emerald Lake trail to the cut off to the basin at the end of lake. The trail has one steep section but the beautiful basin at the end makes the climb worth your effort.

Sherbrooke Lake - 6.2km return, Easy/Intermediate, 185m elevation gain
Wapta Lake is just off the Trans-Canada highway near the eastern entrance to the park. From the picnic area at Wapta Lake the trail heads north to Sherbrooke Lake which is situated below Mount Ogden, a most impressive view.

Paget Lookout - 7.0km return, Intermediate, 520m elevation gain
Wapta Lake is just off the Trans-Canada near the eastern entrance to the park. From the picnic area at Wapta Lake take the trail towards Sherbrooke Lake and follow the turn off for Paget Lookout. As you climb the trial is exposed allowing for excellent views of valley.

For more hiking possibilities in the park have a look at the backpacking section which details trails that lead to wilderness campsites.

Ross Lake, Lake O'Hara, Mount Stephan Fossil Beds, Emerald Lake, Hoodoos and Wapta Falls Hikes are detailed in:
"The Canadian Rockies Trail Guide" by Brian Patton and Bart Robinson, Summerthought