Sherbrooke Lake

Yoho National Park

Forest hike to a lake in a valley surrounded by peaks and streaked by avalanche paths.

Hiking Moderate

Distance
5.9 km
Ascent
227 m
Descent
227 m
Duration
1-2 hrs
Low Point
1.6 km
High Point
1.8 km
Gradient
Sherbrooke Lake Map

This hike begins at a rather unassuming trailhead beside the highway at Wapta Lake. Thus, it doesn’t get the crowds that it might, were it better signed. Sherbrooke Lake is a rather large alpine lake tucked into a particularly narrow and steep valley. Getting there takes a gentle uphill stroll through thick conifer forest. The tree density lessens somewhat as you near the lake, and you’ll hear the creek rushing downhill nearby as you glimpse peaks rising above. Keep an eye out for wildlife like deer and elk, as this is a particularly good habitat.

Description

Once at the lake, the scale of the landscape becomes really apparent. Across the water, the other side the near-vertical cliffs of Mount Ogden form a jagged skyline, and beyond the lake, farther up the valley, even taller peaks make the backdrop. Take some time to explore the lakeshore, noting the places where massive avalanches have brought debris right down to the water.

Sources: https://www.pc.gc.ca/en/pn-np/bc/yoho/activ/randonnee-hike/jour-day https://ruhlsoftheroad.com/yoho/#4BestHikeinYoho%E2%80%93SherbrookeLakePagetPeak

Difficulty

Moderate

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.

Remoteness

2 out of 4

Away from help but easily accessed.

Best time to visit

June, July, August, September, October

Features

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

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