Iceline Trail, Yoho National Park

Hiking Trail · British Columbia
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Difficulty
difficult
Distance
19.8 km
Duration
8:00 h
Ascent
874 m
Descent
874 m
Loop Scenic Geological highlights
Grueling 20 km day trip along the glaciers in Yoho National Park. On that high alpine tour 700 metres in altitude have to be  overcome.
The Iceline Trail is without a doubt one of the most spectacular trails in the Canadian Rockies. This path runs in close proximity to numerous glaciers, mountain peaks and one of the highest waterfalls in the country. It boasts with breathtaking mountain scenery, crystal clear glacial lakes and colorful profusion of flowers on lush mountain meadows. The Iceline Trail is a must for any outdoor enthusiast!

Author’s recommendation

Arrive early, pack food and warm clothes.
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Highest point
2222 m
Lowest point
1507 m
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Equipment

Hiking boots required

Start

Takakkaw Falls car park (1509 m)
Coordinates:
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51.497988, -116.482766
UTM
11U 535904 5705332

Destination

Takakkaw Falls car park

Turn-by-turn directions

The trailhead is at Takakkaw Falls car park. The waterfalls are a remarkable 284 m high spectacle. We hike 500 m to the Whiskey Jack Hostel , where the Iceline Trail officially begins and initially leads steeply uphill into the forest. In between, we can catch a glimpse of the waterfalls here and there. After we reach the tree line, we finally get to see the surrounding glaciers. From here the path runs parallel to the slope along the east walls of the glacier, partly along moraines. We continue to gain height and finally pass a a glacial lake located just below the actual glacier, enjoying a breathtaking panoramic view. The trail continually leads up and down and below the northeastern aborts of the President Range and the associated residual glaciers. We reach the small Stanley Mitchell Hut and walk downhill into the Yoho Valley through dense forests back to the starting point.

Getting there

Of Banff via Trans Canada Highway west to theTakakkaw Falls- junction in Yoho National Park, 4 km east of Fields. The car park is located 13 km north of the Trans Canada Highway.

Parking

Takakkaw Falls car park
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike
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Hartmut Wimmer 
Updated: January 06, 2016

Travel Guide: Hiking trails in British Columbia


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Rene Seidel 
September 14, 2017 · Community
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Done at August 28, 2017
Marina P.
February 28, 2016 · Community
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Done at June 25, 2015

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