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Emerald Lake Loop

Yoho National Park

A peaceful stroll around the shore of a stunning alpine lake.

Hiking Easy

5.2 km
98 m
98 m
1-2 hrs
Low Point
1.3 km
High Point
1.3 km
Emerald Lake Loop Map

This loop provides a nice variety of scenery in its short distance, and with minimal elevation gain. Gazing over the blue-green water, you'll see jagged peaks crowned with glaciers and streaked with avalanche paths, and even streaming with waterfalls. You'll pass through two distinct forest types–more open and sunny on the west side, and denser and wetter on the east side. In between is a broad, nearly treeless meadow where criss-crossed streams feed the lake from a glacial plain.


This walk is best enjoyed slowly, taking time to take it all in. Use a map to see if you can name the peaks and their glaciers, try to identify trees and flowers you find, dip your toes in the icy water, and take lots of pictures.

Source: https://www.pc.gc.ca/en/pn-np/bc/yoho/activ/randonnee-hike/courte-short



Walking along a well-kept trail that’s mostly flat. No obstacles are present.

Low Exposure

1 out of 4

The path is on completely flat land and potential injury is limited to falling over.


1 out of 4

Close to help in case of emergency.

Best time to visit

between May and November


  • Wildlife
  • Picturesque
  • Dog friendly
  • Wild flowers
  • Water features
  • Family friendly
  • Forestry or heavy vegetation

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