33.5 km – 4 days – 19 hours – intermediate/difficult
Closest Town; Field, BC
This hike takes place in Yoho National Park in British Columbia in western Canada.
This loop goes from Takakkaw Falls to the Iceline Trail and stopping at the Little Yoho campground. The second day is a hike to Whaleback and on to the Twin Falls campground to stay overnight, and back to Takakkaw Falls on the third day. A fourth day has been added with a short hike to Point Lace Falls and the Angel’s Staircase.
The beginning of the Iceline / Yoho Pass trailhead is beside the Whiskey Jack Hostel. The trail starts to climb right off up steep switchbacks into thick forest.
[1-Takakkaw Falls from Whiskey Jack Hostel]
[2-View up Yoho Valley]
[3-View up Yoho Valley on climb to Iceline Trail]
[4 -View across Yoho Valley from Iceline Trail to Takakkaw Falls]
[5-From Iceline Trail view down Yoho Valley]
[6-Another view of Takakkaw Falls on climb up to Iceline Trail]
Continue along the Iceline trail, following the markers,
[8-Iceline Trail 700m above Yoho Valley floor]
[9-Iceline Trail near treeline]
[10- Glacier lily above treeline but below snow]
where after nearly 3km the hiker reaches the tree line. At this location, the hiker is higher than the start of the Takakkaw Falls which is directly across the valley.
Once the hiker is above the treeline the remainder of the trail goes over rocky terrain that includes never-ending rubble and moraines.
[11- Daly Glacier above Takakkaw Falls from Iceline Trail]
[12-Daly Glacier above Takakkaw Falls from Iceline Trail above the treeline]
Once the trail climbs out of the forest, the next 10km of trail is over rubble, rock, and moraines that appear to go on forever.
[13-part of Emerald Glacier]
[14- spider on Iceline Trail]
While on Emerald Glacier, the hiker is exposed to the elements with several locations for the hiker to hop over streams. Emerald Glacier parallels the Iceline Trail.
[15- waterfalls and a tarn below Emerald Glacier]
[16-Iceline Trail Summit]
[17-Hiking down to another tarn on Iceline Trail near Emerald Glacier]
[18-Tarn below Emerald Glacier]
[19-More of Emerald Glacier]
[20-Indian paintbrush on iceline trail]
[21- Looking down Little Yoho Valley]
[22-View up to Emerald Glacier from Little Yoho Valley]
When the hiker starts the descent into the forest it is only a few kilometers more before reaching the Little Yoho Campground which has 10 camp sites, privy and a food storage pole.
Photo Credits: -brilang CC=nc-nd-flickr, -ltdan CC=flickr, -Feffef CC=nc-nd-flickr.