Today’s post is about Takakkaw Falls and the hike will begin next Thursday.
Takakkaw Falls is located in Yoho National Park, near Field, British Columbia. Its highest point is 384 m (1260 feet), making it the second-highest officially measured waterfall in western Canada, after Della Falls on Vancouver Island. However its true "free-fall" is only 254 m.
"Takakkaw" is derived from the Cree word for "it is wonderful". The falls are fed by the Daly Glacier, which keeps the volume of the falls up during the warm summer months, and are a tourist attraction, particularly in late spring after the heavy snow melts, when the falls are at peak condition. The Takakkaw Falls were featured in the 1995 film Last of the Dogmen.
To reach the falls from the East, follow the Trans-Canada Highway for 23 km west of Lake Louise until Yoho Valley Road. When accessing from the West, drive 3.7 km east of Field on the Trans-Canada Highway and turn left on Yoho Valley Road. Follow this road for 13 km to the parking lot. A short hiking trail leads to the base of the falls. Note that Yoho Valley Road is narrow with two steep switchbacks and thus is not recommended for large RVs or trailers. RVs over 8m (24 feet) must go up the second section of the switchbacks backwards. Information on how to do this is available at the information centre in Field. Trailers must be left at a designated drop-off point near the start of the road across from Monarch Campground. The road opens in late June (usually the last weekend in June) and closes for the year usually in October after the first heavy snowfall.
Research: wikipedia, ParksCanada.
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