Length: 20.8 km Hiking time: 8 hours Elevation: 710 m Trailhead: Takakkaw Falls parking lot, 17 km east of Field, B.C. The only, minor drawback was the seemingly long walk (about 4.5 km) back down the Yoho Valley at the end of the day. The Little Yoho Valley Trail intersects the Twin Falls/Laughing Falls Trail at the base of Laughing Falls. Yoho Twin Falls trail – Getting started. 1042.79 m Up This was one of the only points in the trail where we found the route wasn’t crystal clear. • You will pass by it on the way to the parking area. It is a flat walk of about ½ km to the trailhead adjacent to the Whiskey Jack Hostel, located on the west side of the road into Takakkaw Falls. As we later passed by it while near the end of the Little Yoho Valley trail, there was evidence of active construction. We opted for starting the hike at the Hostel end and getting most of the vertical climb out of the way while it was still cool (a little frost was on the trail at the beginning) and the legs were fresh. 2,568' Down This trail goes by Kicking Horse Campground, Spiral Tunnel Viewpoint (Upper tunnel), Takakkaw Falls Campground, Laughing Falls Campground, and Laughing Falls. 2,569' Up The Iceline trail / Yoho Valley. You can almost reach out and touch the glacier. The trails are well developed, maintained and signed (follow the signs for Little Yoho or the hut). 1,891' Down is a Cree expression for awe and wonder: this hike could be considered as a signature hike for Yoho?s the beauty of Yoho National Park. The Twin Falls and Whaleback Hike is a fantastic trail in Yoho National Park. Yoho Lake, Laughing Falls, Twin Falls and Little Yoho campgrounds are in the Yoho Valley, accessed from the Takakkaw Falls trailhead. But for my girl, who just turned 4 this was bigger then a little adventure. The trail climbs up some well-built switchbacks through tall pines. Distance: The loop is approximately 21.5 km long An Adventure Projects staff member will review this and take an appropriate action, but we generally don't reply. ?Don?t Waste Your Time?? Note: Yoho Valley Road is open mid-June through mid-October. This route takes you along a circuit that takes in some of the best hiking in Canada. As much of the hike is above tree-line and over rock, weather conditions could make this challenging, so proper planning and having appropriate gear ? Difficulty: Moderate to difficult. 1 Bewertungen für Iceline / Little Yoho Valley Loop "A great scenic route with very accessible trails. You can almost hear the echoes of glaciers scraping along the rock. The Yoho Valley Trail is not the most interesting trail and it’s not one I would do if I wasn’t planning to spend the night at the hut or camp out at the Little Yoho Campground. The rock over which you walk was probably covered by the Emerald Glacier less than a hundred years earlier. 3,428' Down Iceline Trail (summer): An alternative to the Little Yoho Valley Trail (above). Or hike up 5.7 kilometres (3.5 miles) and take the 4.2 kilometre (2.5 mile) Celeste Lake Trail that intersects the Little Yoho Valley Trail to complete a shorter loop of 17 kilometres (10.5 miles). At 10.7 miles there is a short, steep drop and then the trail continues descending the valley on gentle grades. 783.13 m Up This is a moderate one way trail to Stanley Mitchell Hut in Yoho National Park. Copyright © trailpeak.com & trailpeak.ca 2020. View of Falls on Fairy Creek, Yoho Valley Trail, Yoho National Park, Field, BC, Canada. Little Yoho Valley approach (summer): A pleasant 3 to 4 hour hike with 520 metres (1,700 feet) on well-maintained national park trails beginning at the Takkakaw Falls parking lot. • From here the Iceline Loop turns to the right and follows the Twin Falls Trail on its way back to Takakkaw Falls. Iceline Trail/Little Yoho Valley Trail/Yoho Valley Trail (21.3 km loop, 715 meters elevation gain) – can be done as a long day hike or as an overnight with backcountry camping at Little Yoho or Laughing Falls campgrounds (additional fee applies) or an overnight stay at the Alpine Club of Canada Stanley Mitchell Hut. (The turn to Takakkaw Falls is 3.6 km east of Field, B.C. Being a jerk / offensive? As we later passed by it while near the end of the Little Yoho Valley trail, there was evidence of active construction. However, what a treat to start high, and climb even higher on a day hike! Beginning at Takakkaw Falls, we headed up Yoho Valley. 689' Up This loop will take you along the Iceline Trail which offers excellent views of the Cathedral Peaks, Takakkaw Falls, the Yoho Glacier, and a number of additional beautiful waterfalls as you return along a much easier pathway. The trail offers a number of activity options. 1044.99 m Down, 6.1 mi Little Yoho Valley 44.4 km return From the trail head on the Yoho Valley Road, ski 13.0 km to Takakkaw Falls (see Yoho Valley to Takakkaw Falls) and continue another 3.8 km up the Yoho Valley to Laughing Falls. Our second day in the Little Yoho Valley proved to be a very ambitious one as Steven and I set out to summit four separate peaks at the western edge of the valley; a trip that would see us stumble back into camp 13.5 hours later after covering 20.2km of alpine terrain, and gaining over 2,100m of vertical elevation. The trail leads up … 1395 m. 8-11h. is essential. Both eventually lead to the top of the Twin Falls, but the latter route is more direct (1.5km shorter) and saves a fair amount of elevation loss and regain. Parking for the Iceline trail is in the Takakkaw Falls parking area (51.497255 N; 116.483012 W). Past Laughing Falls the trail crosses the Little Yoho River on a wood bridge at 9.8 miles and begins a gentle descent down the forested west side of the Yoho Valley. According to Parks Canada, ?Yoho? To get to the Little Yoho Trail, you'll need to take the, Create Recommended Route or This last stretch is a gradual climb except for a steep section on Hollingsworth Hill. 891.99 m Up The remaining glacier is actively dripping, gleaming, and glistening only few hundred metres from you as evidence of its liquefying retreat leaves you stepping carefully over strategically placed rocks in its turquoise-coloured streams and shallow ?flumes?. 782.8 m Down. • This particular route is a variation of routes already described on trailpeak.com under ?Takakkaw loop via Iceline and Whaleback? You literally walk up and over several lateral moraines from the Emerald Glacier, which retreated almost that morning, on a geological time scale anyway. Twin Falls Trail and Little Yoho Valley Trail is a 4.7 mile lightly trafficked point-to-point trail located near Columbia-Shuswap A, British Columbia, Canada that features a lake and is rated as moderate. Your FREE account works with all Adventure Projects sites. 9/15/2014 2 Comments All summer I looked forward to this trip, everything I did was to lead to this little adventure. Getting to the Little Yoho campsite is an easy, 9 kilometer (5.6 mile) hike with 500 meters (1640 feet) of elevation gain. The trail to the Stanley Mitchell hut is well signed and easy to follow. In fact, the hike length can be shortened by taking the cutoff to Celeste Lake, which is shortly south of the Iceline Trail?s highest point of elevation. Hike to Twin Falls then up and over Whaleback before descending to the ACC’s Stanley Mitchell Hut. But it’s a far easier to hike into the Stanley Mitchell Hut on this trail than via the Iceline Trail. The continued marching over moraine after moraine provided even more glacial geomorphological delights as well as more outstanding views and sub alpine meadows and a great lunching point above the Iceline Trail?s high point on a moraine over-looking the Yoho Valley?s splendor, which included outstanding views of Isolation Peak and The Whaleback. Getting to Little Yoho Valley. Land Manager: Parks Canada - Yoho National Park, 17.2 mi Please login and have credits (add 1 to get 3) or be a subscriber in order to download GPS. We planned to complete the loop in the counter-clockwise direction, starting low with the Yoho Valley Trail, climbing the Little Yoho Valley Trail to the Stanley Mitchell Hut, and finishing along the Iceline Trail before descending back to the trailhead. Elevation Gain: Approximately 700 metres to the highest point along the Iceline Trail. Something else? This is about an injury or accident The Little Yoho Valley is the most common way of getting to the hut. The parking area at the end of the road to Takakkaw Falls is 13.3 km north from Highway 1. There is no parking allowed at the hostel other than for its patrons. did not even give it 1 boot-print out of 4 and we cannot disagree; however, letting one?s mind drift back to what it had registered over the earlier part of the day will easily take your mind off of the rather mundane final leg down. Little Yoho is a small hanging valley tucked up behind the President Mountain range, above an elevation of 2000m. At the junction of the Little Yoho Valley Trail with the main Yoho Valley/Twin Falls Trail, the roar of Laughing Falls was audible. It is typically hiked as a loop/circuit including Takakkaw Falls, the Iceline Trail, Little Yoho Valley, and Laughing Falls. With the numerous ups & downs over the lateral moraines of a number of lobes of the Emerald Glacier, the accumulated elevation gain was a touch over 900 metres, so the listed elevation gain is a little misleading as to what your legs might tell you at the end of the day. We had to take (Aug.2, 2007) the longer loop via Little Yoho Valley as the bridge just near where the Celeste Lake Trail meets the Little Yoho Trail had been blown out by flooding. If you are simply seeking fantastic alpine views and a unique perspective from across the Yoho Valley of Takakkaw Falls and its icy reservoir, Daly Glacier, then you will be equally sated and rewarded for your efforts. It was about to be the biggest hike she had ever done. 690' Down ... Yoho Valley Circuit. (You will need to purchase or have an appropriate National Parks pass.) Taking other people's content (text, photos, etc) without permission is a copyright violation and 14.8 km Once we’ve soaked in the views, we drop back into the valley below, and after a brief walk, arrive at our home for the night, the Little Yoho campground. Difficulty: 28.5 km. 27.7 km The grooves left on this rock feel almost like glacial fingernails on a limestone chalkboard. This route takes you along a … To get to the Little Yoho Trail, you'll need to take the Laughing Falls Trail to the end and then head west. • • The rock, in some areas, is worn smooth by the glacier?s advance, and is exposed by its simultaneous - and seemingly contradictory - retreat. It can be accessed via the Iceline trail, or by following the Little Yoho Valley trail which leaves from the Laughing Falls campground . 209.99 m Up • 3,421' Up The trail continues over an exhilarating suspension bridge to the top of the Whaleback, where we will be greeted by breathtaking views of Mt. This trail commences at Takkakaw falls and climbs up to higher elevations across the valley. 11.2 km Do a full loop that takes you past the Stanley Mitchell Hut on the Little Yoho Valley Trail but do it as a 20 kilometre (12 mile) day hike. The Iceline Trail, Whaleback, and Yoho Valley trails make for a great two-four day backpacking circuit in Yoho National Park. Spam? As you gain ground, you'll pass the Marpole Lake Connector and Whaleback Trail and the switchbacks will straighten out to a steady ascent. If you start in the morning, you’ll have plenty of time to explore all the hiking trails in the area. NOT OKAY! (Besides, you?ll appreciate your car being ½ km closer at the end of the day.). and about 205 km east of Revelstoke, B.C., both of which are located on Highway 1) and ?Emerald Lake to Takakkaw Falls via Iceline?. If you don't, head further up the Little Yoho Valley trail and turn right at the next junction onto the Whaleback Trail. • A final mile of descent down switchbacks brought me to the bottom of the Yoho Valley. Shot from Little Yoho Valley trail above Laughing Falls, 7/23/13. We had to take (Aug.2, 2007) the longer loop via Little Yoho Valley as the bridge just near where the Celeste Lake Trail meets the Little Yoho Trail had been blown out by flooding. 892.44 m Down, 7.0 mi Trail. Iceline via Little Yoho. Hiking through the Yoho and Little Yoho valleys is spectacular! 2,928' Down 19.7 km Hiking through the Yoho and Little Yoho valleys is spectacular! After turning right and heading south on the Twin Falls Trail… It is a loop and experienced hikers can finish it … Trip overview – The Iceline Trail is one of the signature day hikes within Yoho National Park. The fifth campground, McArthur Creek, is on the Ottertail River, which connects to the Rockwall Trail in Kootenay National Park via Goodsir Pass. In fact, although we did not do so, scrambling a short distance above the trail will get you up close and personal with the waning remnants of a retreating Emerald Glacier whose flanks are steadily disappearing off of the rugged, steep northeast-facing cliffs of the The Vice-President peak above you. des Poilus and the vast Yoho glacier. If you?re interested in glacial geomorphology, this hike has it in spades. • This loop will take you along the Iceline Trail which offers excellent views of the Cathedral Peaks, Takakkaw Falls, the Yoho Glacier, and a number of additional beautiful waterfalls as you return along a much easier pathway. The trail, starting near Takakkaw Falls, climbs to and traverses a high bench with inspiring views of the glacier clad summits towering above the Yoho and Little Yoho Valleys. Reservations are required for camping and park passes are required for driving there.… I will not post pictures of this site here today, but I will speak about the Iceline Trail, or little Yoho valley trail how it is known as well. 1,892' Up There are two areas to park, the first is the day use area; If you keep driving, there is a second car park for people who are planning to camp in Yoho overnight. Although we had to hike several kilometres further than the Celeste Lake option would normally have taken us (about 4 km further), we were amply rewarded. Approaching the hut from the Little Yoho Valley Trail then descending the Iceline Trail places the hiker about 1 km from the parking area. Besides, as mentioned in the directions, your car is now ½ kilometre closer! (The turn is approximately 60 km east of Golden, B.C. There's a backcountry campground here if you wish to explore the area more before you… Yoho Valley is one of the most spectacular areas in the Canadian Rockies. • Bob was already at the hut when Hanneke and I arrived, and soon after we got there the skies opened up and the rain came down hard. As we later passed by it while near the end of the Little Yoho Valley trail, there was evidence of active construction. At the top of the Whaleback we admired the view of the Yoho Valley’s peaks and glaciers while having a snack and checking over the Yoho National Park Trial Map. We camped overnight at Laughing Falls. It should take you about four hours to get there. There are excellent write-ups of this hike, including the ones in ?The Wonder of Yoho: Scenes, Tales, Trails,? So, assuming it was repaired later in 2007, the Celeste Lake option in the loop will be available; however, it is best to check first when planning your hike. 576.45 m Down, 9.2 mi by Kathy and Craig Copeland. Excellent views in the Yoho Valley. Please explain. What more can be said about this trail that hasn?t been said already. 576.82 m Up by Don Beers, and in ?Don?t Waste Your Time In The Rockies? This trail goes by Takakkaw Falls Campground, Laughing Falls Campground, and Laughing Falls. 2,926' Up • as always ? This is a moderate one way trail to Stanley Mitchell Hut in Yoho National Park. The first of many sights along the trail is Laughing Falls. This trail starts at the wonderful Takakkaw Falls (click on the link for more photos of that gem!) 210.32 m Down, 12.2 mi (if you parked in the Takakkaw Falls parking lot, that is, and not at the Hostel), From Calgary, drive west on Highway 1 (Trans Canada Highway) approximately 200 km to the turn north to Takakkaw Falls in Yoho National Park. 9.9 km On the way down, make sure to check out Duchesnay Lake which resembles a … We had to take (Aug.2, 2007) the longer loop via Little Yoho Valley as the bridge just near where the Celeste Lake Trail meets the Little Yoho Trail had been blown out by flooding. The distance and elevation gain are similar. via the Trans-Canada Highway and Yoho Valley Road. This loop is shorter than the other two hikes and can easily be done in a day. Take this trail to the Whaleback and visit the beautiful Twin Falls Chalet. Yoho Valley is one of the most spectacular areas in the Canadian Rockies. RVs and trailers are not permitted due to steep switchbacks. 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