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The following information is intended to give a brief description of possible back country adventures possible in Yoho National Park. For more detailed information on these and other trails please visit the Parks Canada Yoho National Park Page.

Emerald Lake Circuit

The Emerald Lake Circuit is a 5 km (3.1 mi) long lakeside hike that can easily be done in an hour and a half. It provides beautiful views of the soaring mountains, shimmering green lake, and in June and July the wild orchids that abound on the west side of the lake. The trailhead is in the parking lot at the end of Emerald Lake Road. This is also the starting point for trails to Burgess Pass, Yoho Lake, and the Emerald Basin. Nearby hiking trails lead to beautiful Hamilton Lake, nestled in a forest of spruce and Douglas fir, and thundering Hamilton Falls.

Yoho Lake from Emerald Lake

The trail to Yoho Lake starts at about 1.4 km (0.9 mi) along the Emerald Lake Circuit. This path leads away from the lake, through a valley, and up a mostly gentle climb until the steeper area near Yoho Pass. The breathtaking view from here includes Emerald Lake and the Van Horne Range. Then the trail winds down to Yoho Lake where there is an excellent view of Mount Wapta. This hike takes about three hours and is 8 km (5 mi) one way.

Wapta Falls

Shortly after entering Yoho from the west the road arrives at the trailhead to this gentle one-hour hike.

Yoho Iceline Trail

This trail along the western Yoho valley will take a full day or more to explore. With its superb views of towering mountains and the Wapta Icefield, some visitors compare this route to hiking in the foothills of the Himalayas. The trailhead is located above the Whiskey Jack Youth Hostel, near the Takakkaw Falls parking lot.

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