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Hamilton Lake

Yoho National Park

A strenuous hike to a secluded lake, for those who love solitude.

Hiking Difficult

9.6 km
850 m
850 m
3-4 hrs
Low Point
1.3 km
High Point
2.2 km
Hamilton Lake Map

Hamilton Lake is an alpine tarn tucked in a narrow cirque of cliffs, above treeline and high above Emerald Lake. To get there, you’ll take the easy hike to Hamilton Falls, then proceed up many switchbacks hundreds of metres of elevation. This slog through moist and sometimes buggy forest keeps most people away, but efforts are rewarded by climbing above the trees.


Behind you are huge views over a long river valley bound by mountains, and ahead lies Hamilton Lake. It’s a pristine pool of turquoise in a steep-sided bowl with interesting geology. If the weather is nice, you’ll want to linger on its shore in hard-earned solitude.

Sources: https://www.pc.gc.ca/en/pn-np/bc/yoho/activ/randonnee-hike/jour-day



Hiking trails where obstacles such as rocks or roots are prevalent. Some obstacles can require care to step over or around. At times, the trail can be worn and eroded. The grade of the trail is generally quite steep, and can often lead to strenuous hiking.

Medium Exposure

2 out of 4

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


3 out of 4

Little chance of being seen or helped in case of an accident.

Best time to visit

between June and September


  • Wildlife
  • Historical
  • Picturesque
  • Wild flowers
  • Water features
  • Forestry or heavy vegetation

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