Twin Falls – Yoho National Park – Hiking British Columbia

Part 4 of 4 of the round trip hike from Takakkaw Falls to Twin Falls in Yoho National Park, British Columbia, Canada.

From Laughing Falls, I continue north on the Yoho Valley Trail.  Elevation gain on this 5.0 KM (3.0 mile) segment is near 985 ft (300 m) on rugged trail.  Yoho National Park is one of the most prolific fossil locations in the world.  Nearby Burgess Shale in Yoho National Park contains one of the richest fossil beds in Canada.  Climbing on the trail, I find one of the best examples ever seen of rock that was once Twin Falls – Yoho National Park, British Columbia, Canadaan ancient sea bed.  The action of waves on sand is undeniable.  Most of the ascent is through forest alternating between flat trail and steep climbs.  Periodically there are fabulous views of rushing water through rugged wilderness.  The sound of roaring river is ever-prevalent.  Weather is fickle.  There is light rain, sun, cloud, corn snow, breeze and calm but all are very brief, not more than a few minutes at a time.  The temperature does not shift more than a few degrees at a time.  It is interesting and there is never a dull moment.

At the Twin Falls Wilderness Campground the trail presents one final climb, with several false indications of arrival as the echo of falling water bounces through the valley, occasionally loud, then waning into the distance.  Eventually I arrive at Twin Falls Teahouse and Lodge.  This location is a National Historic Site.

Twin Falls – Yoho National Park, British Columbia, Canada

Twin Falls – Yoho National Park, British Columbia, Canada

The original single-story building was constructed in 1908 by Canadian Pacific Railway as a rest stop for backpackers.  In 1923, the two-story structure was added and still functions today as an overnight lodge and tea house.  Reservations are required.  One of the custodians comes out to chat with me.  He is a young, very friendly, mountain man and we exchange animated stories.  I do not ask but I am fairly certain he is related to ZZ Top.

Twin Falls – Yoho National Park, British Columbia, Canada

I tour the area and work my way towards the spectacular Twin Falls.  In close proximity to the falls, I enjoy a late lunch while basking on a large rock beneath the warmth of the sun, enjoying the sound and mist from the falls interrupted by an occasional light dusting of corn snow.  Magic! Absolutely amazing! It does not get better than this!

Twin Falls – Yoho National Park, British Columbia, Canada

Twin Falls – Yoho National Park, British Columbia, Canada

Twin Falls – Yoho National Park, British Columbia, Canada

I decide to take an alternate return route via another alpine lake.  I cross a bridge over the river cascading through narrow rock channels and hike a kilometre (0.625 miles) down a hill past multiple streams crossing the trail in dense forest.  Marpole Lake comes into view below me, on the left through the trees, and above me there are excellent vistas of the Waputik Range and the glaciers it hosts.

Twin Falls – Yoho National Park, British Columbia, Canada

Twin Falls – Yoho National Park, British Columbia, Canada

At the shoreline of the tiny, alpine lake there are wonderful mountain reflections on pristine, emerald water.  At the end of the lake, I realize immediately I should have examined my hiking guide more carefully.

My first obstacle is a mound of snow remaining from a winter avalanche.  On the other side I am faced with the daunting task of navigating my way up, through and over millions of tons of limestone rock fall.  The entire cliff face above me must have collapsed hundreds of years ago.  It is 1.8 KMs  (1.13 miles) of uneven scrambling combined with bouldering and the occasional bit that remotely resembles a path.

Twin Falls – Yoho National Park, British Columbia, Canada

Rock cairns determine direction.  After more than a mile of uneven steps through rock fall on the Marpole Connector Trail, the steep and rustic 1.6 KM ( mile) trail leading down to Laughing Falls is almost a relief.  I return to the Takakkaw Falls parking lot the same way I came on 4.8 KMs (3 miles) of excellent, flat, hard-packed trail.  It has been a fabulous hiking experience to an incredibly beautiful place on a wide variety of terrain using a broad range of skill-sets.  It has also been a long and arduous day.

Following are a few additional images from this segment of the hike, between Takakkaw Falls and Twin Falls in Yoho National Park.  Enjoy!

Twin Falls – Yoho National Park, British Columbia, Canada

Twin Falls – Yoho National Park, British Columbia, Canada

Twin Falls – Yoho National Park, British Columbia, Canada

Twin Falls – Yoho National Park, British Columbia, Canada

Twin Falls – Yoho National Park, British Columbia, Canada

Twin Falls – Yoho National Park, British Columbia, Canada

Twin Falls – Yoho National Park, British Columbia, Canada

Twin Falls – Yoho National Park, British Columbia, Canada

Twin Falls – Yoho National Park, British Columbia, Canada

Twin Falls – Yoho National Park, British Columbia, Canada

Twin Falls – Yoho National Park, British Columbia, Canada

Twin Falls – Yoho National Park, British Columbia, Canada

Twin Falls – Yoho National Park, British Columbia, Canada

Twin Falls – Yoho National Park, British Columbia, Canada

Twin Falls – Yoho National Park, British Columbia, Canada

Twin Falls – Yoho National Park, British Columbia, Canada

Twin Falls – Yoho National Park, British Columbia, Canada

Overnight is spent at the Best Western in Golden, British Columbia.  I sleep well.

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8 Responses to Twin Falls – Yoho National Park – Hiking British Columbia

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  5. DSD says:

    I have been wanting to return to some waterfalls this upcoming season. These would be great adventure options. Something about the rainbows we can discover there when the light and time of day is just right…
    Also, I promise to send some little rocky musings on their journey soon too, Barry.
    D
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    • As you well know, if you are interested in seeing a wide variety and numerous waterfalls within a small radius of territory, then Twin falls in Yoho National Park is an excellent choice. Spectacular waterfalls abound beginning with Takakkaw Falls at the parking area. Huge glaciers above and annual snowfall at high elevation ensure a phenomenal annual experience for many decades to come. Perhaps we shall meet on the trail as my son and his wife are planning to travel to Calgary this year and after last summer’s foray into fabulous Waterton Lakes National Park, we plan to do some hiking this year at Yoho.

      I shall look forward to receiving your Summit Stones and throughout the season I will place them in special places where those who find them can take away a momento and the words of others who discovered the magic long before we arrived. When I began my personal journey and relationship with nature, I had no idea of where it would lead and the great fortune I would inherit.

      Thank you for your comment, D.

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