Guidebook

5 Long Day Hikes to Ditch the Crowds in Yoho NP

Hike fast and far to reach places most people don't see in Yoho.

Jesse Weber

Description

Yoho doesn’t get quite the same attention as its neighboring national parks of Jasper and Banff, but trailheads in Yoho can still get quite crowded in the summer. You should arrive early to secure parking for the most popular short hikes, such as Takakkaw Falls or Sherbrooke Lake.

The best way to avoid congestion on the trails, however, is to simply hike farther, leaving the crowds behind. The adventures listed here are not only challenging and, therefore, uncrowded, they also happen to be some of the most rewarding in Yoho National Park, with unrivaled views deep in the backcountry.

Emerald Triangle Loop
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Emerald Triangle Loop

Yoho National Park
5 - 6 hrs
18.4 km
1,079 m
1,080 m
Hands-down one of Yoho’s best all-day hikes, this loop combines the scenic shore of Emerald Lake with high-elevation vantage on the Wapta Highline.
Difficult
Private
Hamilton Lake
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Hamilton Lake

Yoho National Park
3 - 4 hrs
9.6 km
850 m
850 m
A strenuous hike to a secluded lake, for those who love solitude.
Difficult
Private
Lake O'Hara Alpine Circuit
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Lake O'Hara Alpine Circuit

Yoho National Park
4 - 5 hrs
12.4 km
984 m
983 m
An epic day hike almost entirely above treeline, connecting proud overlooks and smaller lakes above Lake O'Hara.
Severe
Private
Laughing Falls and Twin Falls via Whaleback
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Laughing Falls and Twin Falls via Whaleback

Yoho National Park
5 - 6 hrs
20.2 km
1,025 m
1,025 m
Yoho’s best trek for waterfall viewing, making a challenging one-day or overnight circuit.
Difficult
Private
Iceline Circuit

Iceline Circuit

Yoho National Park
5 - 6 hrs
19.2 km
880 m
881 m
Walk along small glaciers and alpine lakes on the banks of the President Range before descending into Yoho Valley.
Extreme
Private