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Hamilton Falls

Yoho National Park

Forest hike to a modest waterfall.

Hiking Moderate

1.4 km
99 m
99 m
0-1 hrs
Low Point
1.3 km
High Point
1.4 km
Hamilton Falls Map

In a national park famous for its waterfalls, Hamilton Falls is relatively unimpressive, but it’s a unique little cascade with some history, and it’s easy to reach from Emerald Lake. If you’ve had your fill of other hikes around the lake, or just want something quick but uncrowded, Hamilton Falls makes a pleasant, short outing. The waterfall is best to look at in early summer when it’s flowing strongly. Later in the summer, it reduces to a meager flow.


It’s an uphill stroll through the forest, following signs for Hamilton Lake/Falls. Hamilton Lake is a much more strenuous hike that continues past the waterfall. Look for the side trail to the falls, and you can scramble down to the creek bed for a better look. You’ll find the ribbon of water pouring through a deep groove and into a rock-filled pool. The concrete wall that forms this pool is the remnant of a small-scale hydropower project, and you may find other artifacts if you look around closely.

Sources: https://www.pc.gc.ca/en/pn-np/bc/yoho/activ/randonnee-hike/courte-short https://hikingwithbarry.com/2013/12/10/hamilton-falls-yoho-national-park-hiking-british-columbia



Hiking along trails with some uneven terrain and small hills. Small rocks and roots may be present.

Medium Exposure

2 out of 4

The trail contains some obstacles such as outcroppings and rock which could cause injury.


2 out of 4

Away from help but easily accessed.

Best time to visit

between June and October


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

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