Contacts. Some of the trail is precarious and the first few miles are strenuous. Magnifique hike, je vous conseil de la faire dans le sens anti-horaire, les vues sont plus jolies ! Along this trail, you’ll get an up-close view of several glaciers, and you’ll get to see one of the highest waterfalls in Canada – Takakkaw Falls. The Iceline hike is a wonderful trail up past tree line to and along a ridge presenting beautiful vistas across the Yoho Valley of Takakkaw Falls as fast-receding glaciers teeter above you. and about 205 km east of Revelstoke, B.C., both of which are located on Highway 1) Parking for the Iceline trail is in the Takakkaw Falls parking area (51.497255 N; 116.483012 W). We looked forward to hiking the Iceline Trail as part of our bucket list adventure. Yoho’s most spectacular backpacking begins in the Yoho Valley. !” ... and am very grateful! Aptly name as we had a lot of mist and snow but when it lifted the views were amazing. Twin Falls Trail and Little Yoho Valley Trail, Yoho Lake to Whiskey Jack Falls via Highline Trail, Iceline, Little Yoho Valley and Yoho Valley Trail Loop. 3 Dinners; 4 Lunches; 3 Breakfasts; Price. This hike is a must do ! The climb was long with many switchbacks . At to hut and warden station great spot for a lunch and place to apply the sunscreen. COVID-19 Travel with confidence View Details. I consider myself and intermediate hiker. I researched the hike many times and we started up the switchbacks by the hostel. For more information, please see https://www.pc.gc.ca/en/pn-np/bc/yoho It took us about 7 hours to complete it. Ranking top 10 in Canada, the Iceline is Yoho's most scenic trail. The initial ascent (clockwise) is through the trees and pretty steep. Little Yoho is a small hanging valley tucked up behind the President Mountain range, above an elevation of 2000m. Finished at just over 6 hours, with plenty of stops to snap photos. Beautiful trail, not very busy. First 45 minutes or so was switch-backing up through the woods, but once you get out of the woods and onto the flats below the ridge, it really was a spectacular hike with great views, We had planned this trip eight months in advance. The trail is well maintained but there are a lot of junctures. This path runs in close proximity to numerous glaciers, mountain peaks and one of the highest waterfalls in the country. The Iceline Trail is a 32km backpacking trip in Yoho National Park.In September 2014, after a cold, noisy and smelly night of car camping at Kicking Horse Campground (our site was one of the nearest ones to the highway, so the smell of engine brakes and the noise of semi trucks permeated the air), we started up the trail behind the Whiskey Jack Hostel. Rocky moraines and massive boulders on Yoho Valley's Iceline Trail. Do the hike for take-your-breath away views of the Yoho Valley, Emerald Glacier along with views of the Vice President, Whaleback and Isolated Peak – if you hike to the high point on the trail. Few trails deliver like the Iceline Trail hike; multiple waterfalls, expansive mountain vistas, and up-close views … There are lots of signs along the trail, you don’t need to worry about being lost even without gps. The Yoho Valley and Iceline Trail. Located in Yoho National Park, near Field, BC, the Iceline Trail is touted as one of the most spectacular hikes in the Rocky Mountains. It is about a 1 hour 15 minute drive from Banff or one hour from Golden. Takakkaw Falls is only the beginning! I am a fairly fit 57 year old and I thought that the difficulty was just enough to be exhilarating but not overly taxing. Just don’t park … There is know way in hell that this avalanche debris should be something a hiker should deal with. Hiking is my favorite thing to do, and this is my favorite hike. Iceline Trail (summer): An alternative to the Little Yoho Valley Trail (above). Other than the days my children were born I consider this the best day of my life. Weather was great, a little misty but would maybe avoid doing on/after a rainy day. Great trail, good signs, nice variety of scenery. This otherworldly landscape is truly remarkable, continuing to three beautiful lakes before descending to the Yoho River Valley. ), but Greg & I were sufficient tired after this 4.5 hour day. We had planned and prepared for hike for months. We ran/walked clockwise & super enjoyed this trail. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. This loop can be be done in either direction, but counter-clockwise allows one to face the best scenery much of the time. Took 7-8hrs with long stops for lunch and views. Holy bananas. Such diversity in landscape on this hike - not a dull moment. Poles were useful on the way down. We were first timers to the Iceline and it was a bucket list hike for us. Iceline Trail, Yoho National Park, Canada. One can also back-track a short distance to the Whaleback trail and ascend it to Twin Falls, then down to the Yoho Valley and return back to the hut. The last 7 km is through glacial moraine. To bring our Iceline Trail full circuit we descended with full bellies down the trail to Laughing Falls and then onto the Yoho Valley Trail. As we started through the valley to the laughing falls junction met 3 other groups heading out, as we climbed to the ACC hut we were passed by one group and met several others. It is typically hiked as a loop/circuit including Takakkaw Falls, the Iceline Trail, Little Yoho Valley, and Laughing Falls. It is worth the sweat effort. Each time I do such a great trail, I wonder, “Who built this?! Completed Aug 24 2020, round time took close to 8 hours but we took our time and took lots of breaks for food and photos. I may have just been too tired to fully enjoy the beautiful waterfalls and scenery in the other half. I opted to do the loop as a day hike. Book now. This trail is often used on the return trip to the parking lot, providing an excellent loop trip with lots of varied terrain. 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. Completed the loop anti-clockwise on Friday morning. So after sleeping in till 6am (best hike time is an early hike time! Check it out before the glaciers disappear! The views are jawdropping ! I definitely recommend!! Starting from Takakkaw Falls, one of tallest in Canada, it goes up to follow the lower edge of several glaciers. The regular trailhead for the Iceline Trail can be found next to the Whiskey Jack Hostel, which can be reached by following the Yoho Valley Road up from the Trans-Canada Highway (Hwy 1). Remains of Glacier under Michael Peak. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. It’s nice enough but the first 8k or so (going counter clockwise) is relatively boring. We are 60 years old and in good condition , no one in poor condition +an do this without the park clearing the trail. When you curve around The President, you'll descend a little into the forest of Little Yoho Valley. Iceline Trail, Emerald Glacier, Yoho. If you get the chance to do this hike, take it. descent in the second half. Begin up the Yoho River Valley along an excellent trail, past Laughing Falls, then ascend a relatively short, moderate hillside to Little Yoho Valley, reaching Stanley Mitchell Hut in 2-3 hours. Walking around this area felt unreal, out of this planet. #justtoomuch Escaping to Yoho sounded like bliss, and Iceline Trail was the one that I was most looking forward to exploring. Iceline trail locates in Yoho National Park, is a must do for any avid hikers. The weather changes quickly in the mountains, rain gear may become handy. I did this hike in early September 2017, just a day or two after the smoke cleared from all the fires in the region. Would definitely recommend this hike. 3 nights camping; Meals. This is a must. Western US wildlife smoke was an unfortunate guest. Two items to note: 1) You will need a valid park pass to access the area, and; 2) if you're not staying at the hostel, you are expected to park another 0.5km up the road at the Takakkaw Falls parking area. Overall a great day hike with great views, Septber 9th : Best hike in Yoho! Doing the whole loops provides a little bit of everything. Why Hike Iceline Trail Spectacular views of high peaks, glaciers and waterfalls are the highlights of this must-do loop hike in Yoho National Park. Surprisingly not too busy on the trail this labour day long weekend. Recommendations: The trail passes over barren moraines and loose scree slopes, with a fantastic view of the Takakkaw Falls and the Daly Glacier. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, and backpacking. Did not regret. Parking here can be tricky in the middle of the day, but if you’re patient a spot will open up. We’ve been to Yoho National Park and even seen Takakkaw Falls several times. Amazing hike! 1 Comment. Really great hike, highly recommend. Iceline Trail near Takakkaw Falls, Yoho National Park, BC. This trail is one of the best we have done so far in Canadian Rockies. Note: The road leading to this trailhead closes seasonally. Started with the steep section up to iceline trail and for me, iceline was the highlight. We did the trail counterclockwise so we had a more gradual incline going up but had the steep rocky part at the end going down. Journey from here to Laughing Falls, Twin Falls, Yoho Pass, the Iceline, or the Little Yoho Valley. 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