Part 3 of 4 Yoho National Park, British Columbia, Canada
The climb on rocky and heavily rooted trail from Point Lace Falls to Laughing Falls is initially steep but soon levels out to hug the west bank of the Yoho River as I continue to hike north. The power of the glacial, silt-laden river, fed by the Yoho Glacier, which is fed by the Wapta Icefield, is enormous. Careful footsteps are required to photograph the surging water and tumbling rapids.
Along the trail there is an option to take a 0.4 KM (0.25 mile) diversion west to visit Duchesnay Lake.
It is a small, alpine lake and I capture images facing south under heavily overcast skies, then facing north where I am standing in a muddy bog.
On the other side of the main trail there is another short side route to the east which provides an excellent natural viewpoint of the frantic Yoho River.
A little further along the sound is overwhelming from the enormous rapids and surging water negotiating narrow, rock-bound channels. It is a powerful, audible extravaganza.
A footbridge across the Little Yoho River delivers me to the east side of the Laughing Falls Campground in a rocky, wilderness setting at the confluence of the two rivers.
A quick sweep around the corner brings Laughing Falls into view. Laughing Falls is set in a forest-bound, secluded rock cove.
There is time to sit and enjoy the natural beauty prior to beginning the aggressive climb on primitive trail to the Twin Falls Campground and a subsequent climb to Twin Falls at the base of the Yoho Glacier. It has been more than 15 years since I have hiked in Yoho National Park and I have never been to Twin Falls. It will be an amazing experience and the prize of the day.