Emerald Lake Circuit is a relatively flat and easy hike in Yoho National Park, BC.
The 4.6 KM (2⅞ mile) loop trail around Emerald Lake is easy and relatively flat. The 9 KM (5⅝ mile) drive on paved road from the TransCanada Highway to the busy parking area near Emerald Lake Lodge in Yoho National Park, British Columbia, Canada.
Emerald Lake circuit can be hiked in either direction but counter-clockwise seems to be contrary to common practice. The light may be better and interaction with other hikers may be reduced. The trail-head elevation is 1,310 M (4,298 ft). The loop trail around Emerald Lake appears to be fairly quiet today.
On a busy week-end, peak summer day, apparently as many as 12,000 people will hike around the small, picturesque lake in a single day. A wide variety of kayaks, canoes and row boats can be rented near the lodge. Fishing is popular.
At the north end of the lake, one of the signed trails leading off the circuit will lead to the Emerald Basin and closer views of the Emerald Glacier wedged between the President 3,138 m (10,295 ft) and the Vice President 3,066 m (10,059 ft). Other trails branch off the the Emerald Lake Loop to create many spectacular hiking opportunities for hikers within a broad range of expertise. A local hiking guide book and comprehensive hiking trail map are powerful tools at any particular location.
Emerald Lake Lodge is a world famous destination to one of the most beautiful and serene places on the planet. At the north end of the lake there is a large alluvial fan and a bridge over streams flowing into the lake from snow melt and glacial feed. The aquamarine color of the lake is created by glacial silt reflecting in the sunlight.
The images following are captured on the hike around Emerald Lake. The first picture is captured from the south end of the lodge, of the view across the lake, then past Peaceful Pond and through the Lodge complex.