Part 2 of 4 - Hike to Twin Falls, Yoho National Park, British Columbia, Canada
Yoho National Park in British Columbia, Canada contains a wealth of spectacular, mountain-surrounded, glacier-fed waterfalls within a relatively small area.
From the parking area at Takakkaw Falls, the next hike of the day will be an 18 KM (11.3 mile) return trek through the Yoho Valley to Twin Falls.
Major portions of the hike are adjacent to the fast-running and powerful Yoho River. Occasionally, close proximity to the sound of the river’s tumbling rapids through narrow rock channels is deafening.
Past the Warden’s Cabin, the trail passes through the Takakkaw Falls Campground to the trail-head. A short stretch of forest precludes exit to the open stony plain of the Yoho Valley. Glancing behind provides views of Takakkaw Falls.
Within 1.5 KMs (0.9 miles) the excellent quality trail retreats into the forest again. Following another 1.2 KMs (0.75 miles) of flat, packed-gravel trail through quiet, diverse and aromatic forest, the trail arrives at a signed T-junction.
To the right, a very short, rugged trail leads about 70 m (230 ft) east to the bank of the mighty Yoho River. On the far side of the river the Angel’s Staircase Falls tumble down a mountain side and disperse in tributaries to merge with the relentless and powerful flow of the Yoho River.
To the left of the main trail a 150 m (492 ft) lushly vegetated trail leads to the small but visually spectacular Point Lace Falls. The pristine waterfall and surrounding forest provides a very beautiful and peaceful sanctuary. Worth the time.
Back at the T-junction, a short jog to the left, and a right turn to the north, initiates the first diversion from level trail onto steep and rocky trail which rapidly gains about 150 m (492 ft) of elevation on the ascent to Laughing Falls, and eventually beyond and above to Twin Falls.