Hoodoo Creek - Yoho National Park - Hiking BC

 

Hoodoo Creek is an interesting short hike in Yoho National Park, BC, Canada.

 

 

The Hoodoo Creek trail-head is about 6.5 KM (4.0 miles) east of the west gate into Yoho National Park, British Columbia, Canada. Total return distance for this hike is about 5.2 KM (3¼ miles) with an elevation gain of 340 m (1,115 ft) to a maximum elevation of 1,550 m (5,085 ft) at the Upper Viewpoint.  Today this hike is accompanied by my son and daughter-in-law who are visiting from Markham east and north of Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

 

Hoodoos, Hoodoo Creek, Yoho National Park, British Columbia, BC, Canada 

Hoodoos, Hoodoo Creek, Yoho National Park, British Columbia, BC, Canada Chancellor Peak 3,277 m (10,751 ft.) at center and Mount Vaux 3307 m (10,850 ft.) on photo left viewed from Hoodoo Creek Campground in Yoho National Park, British Columbia, Canada

 

The hike begins on a flat, gravel road through the Hoodoo Creek Campground.  After 0.8 KM (½ miles) a left turn at the clearly signed trail arrives at a wooden beam bridge over Hoodoo Creek within 100 m (91 yards).  As my son captures a photo of us on the bridge, it brings a tear to my eye thinking nostalgically back to the time many years ago when he was taught how to stand in the middle of a creek to take a photo and still retain some small shred of personal dignity.

 

Hoodoos, Hoodoo Creek, Yoho National Park, British Columbia, BC, Canada A view of Chancellor Peak from Hoodoo Creek in Yoho National Park, British Columbia, Canada

 

Hoodoos, Hoodoo Creek, Yoho National Park, British Columbia, BC, Canada The wooden beam bridge over Hoodoo Creek to the Hoodoos trail on the other side.

 

Hoodoos, Hoodoo Creek, Yoho National Park, British Columbia, BC, Canada On the bridge over Hoodoo Creek in Yoho National Park, British Columbia, Canada
Hoodoos, Hoodoo Creek, Yoho National Park, British Columbia, BC, Canada
 
 
The trail begins on the other side of Hoodoo Creek.  The hiking guide calls it a steep, uphill climb.  Granted, most of the elevation is achieved in a short distance but rating the hike as a moderate grade with a few short, steep sections might be more accurate.  The trail is excellent with a variety of terrain and spectacular, diverse views.  Some of the hike is through an old burn area which improves the view but a recent windstorm has knocked timber down over the trail so it is necessary to navigate over or under dead fall.
 
 

Hoodoos, Hoodoo Creek, Yoho National Park, British Columbia, BC, Canada Hoodoos trail in Yoho National Park, Alberta, Canada.

 

Hoodoos, Hoodoo Creek, Yoho National Park, British Columbia, BC, Canada The beginning of the Hoodoos Trail above Hoodoo Creek in Yoho National Park, British Columbia, BC, Canada

 

Hoodoos, Hoodoo Creek, Yoho National Park, British Columbia, BC, Canada Admiring the view from a section of the trail in a long-ago forest fire burn area with Chancellor Peak in the background on the Hoodoos Trail in Yoho National Park, British Columbia, Canada

 

Although hiking through a mix of sun and shade, there is a large thunderstorm brewing nearby which is visually and audibly obvious.  The trail gains altitude on switchbacks through typically lush B.C. forest with periodic views of the valley carved by the cascading, white water of Hoodoo Creek.  Occasionally, hoodoos can be seen on the other side of the valley.

 

Hoodoos, Hoodoo Creek, Yoho National Park, British Columbia, BC, Canada Heavy weather is forming up nearby on the Hoodoos Trail hike in Yoho National Park, British, Columbia, Canada.

 

Hoodoos, Hoodoo Creek, Yoho National Park, British Columbia, BC, Canada The Hoodoos Trail provides exposure to wonderful forest enhanced by the shadows from trees destroyed by a forest fire.

 

Hoodoos, Hoodoo Creek, Yoho National Park, British Columbia, BC, Canada Periodically hoodoos appear on the other side of the valley as a prelude to the superior formations further along this hike.

 

The Hoodoos Trail provides excellent views of the white, cascading waters of Hoodoo Creek in the valley beneath.  The valley walls amplify the sound of falling water on its descent to the valley below.  In some locations the light shining into dense, lush forest littered with dead fall creates artistic arrangements.

 

Hoodoos, Hoodoo Creek, Yoho National Park, British Columbia, BC, Canada Cascading, white water of Hoodoo Creek tumbles down the mountain in Yoho National Park, British Columbia, BC, Canada

 

Hoodoos, Hoodoo Creek, Yoho National Park, British Columbia, BC, Canada There are stunning views down Hoodoo Creek to the valley where we began our hike in Yoho National Park, British Columbia, BC, Canada

 

Hoodoos, Hoodoo Creek, Yoho National Park, British Columbia, BC, Canada A combination of light and shadow in the lush regrowth of new vegetation littered with deadfall can create artistic images which provide perspective.

 

Near the top of a steep section close to the objective a 'Y' junction is encountered.  Right leads to the Lower Viewpoint.  At this time, after sustained ascent, a bit of descent seems attractive.  The Upper Viewpoint will be visited second.  The descent to the Lower Viewpoint is on sketchy trail to Hoodoo Creek.  The spectacular images of the Hoodoos explode out of the hillside to the left, accompanied by the sound of rushing water at trail side, while the last few minutes of sunshine are enjoyed before a light rain begins.

 

Hoodoos, Hoodoo Creek, Yoho National Park, British Columbia, BC, Canada The 'Y' trail junction at the 2.3 KM (1.4 mile) heading right (south) leads to Lower Viewpoint and left (north) leads to Upper Viewpoint. Both are excellent.

 

Hoodoos, Hoodoo Creek, Yoho National Park, British Columbia, BC, Canada Descending the short distance of sketchy trail to Hoodoo Creek and the Lower Viewpoint for the Hoodoos in Yoho National Park, British Columbia, BC, Canada.

 

Hoodoos, Hoodoo Creek, Yoho National Park, British Columbia, BC, Canada Hoodoo Creek at the Lower Viewpoint of the Hoodoos Trail in Yoho National Park, British Columbia, BC, Canada

 

Hoodoos, Hoodoo Creek, Yoho National Park, British Columbia, BC, Canada A unique boulder in Hoodoo Creek at Lower Viewpoint beneath the Hoodoos in Yoho National Park, British Columbia, BC, Canada

 

The Hoodoos, from the Lower Viewpoint, present an impressive wall of fascinating form, enhanced by the fact they have been constructed by nature over thousands of  years and remain in a perpetual state of slow-motion change.

 

Hoodoos, Hoodoo Creek, Yoho National Park, British Columbia, BC, Canada Hoodoos from Lower Viewpoint in Yoho National Park, British Columbia, BC, Canada

 

Hoodoos, Hoodoo Creek, Yoho National Park, British Columbia, BC, Canada Hoodoos from Lower Viewpoint in Yoho National Park, British Columbia, BC, Canada

 

Hoodoos, Hoodoo Creek, Yoho National Park, British Columbia, BC, Canada Hoodoos from Lower Viewpoint in Yoho National Park, British Columbia, BC, Canada

 

Hoodoos, Hoodoo Creek, Yoho National Park, British Columbia, BC, Canada Hoodoos, Hoodoo Creek, Yoho National Park, British Columbia, BC, Canada

 

The hike uphill, back to the 'Y' junction followed by the continuing ascent to the Upper Viewpoint seems a bit aggressive when considered against the alternative of making a more direct approach on the slope between Hoodoo Creek and the left edge of the Hoodoos.  So, the scramble proceeds laterally up the firm-surface slope while remaining conscious of leaving no trace.  A light rain begins.

 

Hoodoos, Hoodoo Creek, Yoho National Park, British Columbia, BC, Canada Hoodoos, Hoodoo Creek, Yoho National Park, British Columbia, BC, Canada Hoodoos, Hoodoo Creek, Yoho National Park, British Columbia, BC, Canada

 

The Upper Viewpoint provides an entirely different perspective with an up close and personal view of the rock and gravel elements.  Hoodoo Creek is visible below.

 

Hoodoos, Hoodoo Creek, Yoho National Park, British Columbia, BC, Canada Hoodoos, Hoodoo Creek, Yoho National Park, British Columbia, BC, Canada Hoodoos, Hoodoo Creek, Yoho National Park, British Columbia, BC, Canada Hoodoos, Hoodoo Creek, Yoho National Park, British Columbia, BC, Canada Hoodoos, Hoodoo Creek, Yoho National Park, British Columbia, BC, Canada

 

There is steep, rustic trail along the top of the Hoodoos which provides a unique perspective looking down on the complex of stone caps protecting, or at least reducing, the gravel pillars from erosion by wind and rain.

 

Hoodoos, Hoodoo Creek, Yoho National Park, British Columbia, BC, Canada Hoodoos, Hoodoo Creek, Yoho National Park, British Columbia, BC, Canada Hoodoos, Hoodoo Creek, Yoho National Park, British Columbia, BC, Canada Hoodoos, Hoodoo Creek, Yoho National Park, British Columbia, BC, Canada

 

The short period of light rain enjoyed while at the Upper Viewpoint moves on and the hike back to the car is very scenic and easy on consistent descent with the occasional fallen tree to climb over.

 

Hoodoos, Hoodoo Creek, Yoho National Park, British Columbia, BC, Canada Hoodoos, Hoodoo Creek, Yoho National Park, British Columbia, BC, Canada Photographs for this hike were taken with two cameras. 

 

On a previous visit, the highlight hike was a rough and rugged traverse of Mount Allan from Dead Man's Flats to Ribbon Creek.

Accommodation for this trip have been made at the Kicking Horse Mountain Resort above Golden, British Columbia and transportation will occur in a new Dodge Journey, ideal for our initiative since there is a lot of gear and an emergency visit to the hospital in Revelstoke will be necessary.  Stay tuned.  It is a good week.

 

Photographs for this hike to Hoodoo Creek hoodoos were captured on Sunday, August 4, 2013

 

 

 

 

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I've yet to catch up from my prairie summer pictures. By the look of your blog your doing a better job than me :) If I visit just a fraction of the trails you cover I'll be happy :)

In ten years from now, I expect normal erosion would have made some minor modifications. A major weather event in the form of intense, prolonged rain driven horizontal by powerful wind could have an appreciable effect. There is plenty left to do in Yoho National Park. Maybe we should head back that way in a decade and check it out. It was a good short, warm-up hike and I agree, a great hike to begin the adventure. Thanks for all your comments, Bill. Always good to hear from you. Your photography is outstanding.

This was a great day to start our trip. I'm still amazed at how some of these boulders stay in place at top of Hoodoo. I wonder if we returned in ten years, if some of these boulders will have fallen.

Thanks for your comment, Charlie. Getting caught up with summer and fall hiking activity. It is likely there are many more hoodoos in Yoho but, offhand, I do not know there location or accessibility. maybe other readers can enlighten us. Always appreciate your kind words and the great photos on your blog. I encourage others to visit.

Very cool Barry :) It looks like you had a fun hike. I did not know there were hoodoos in Yoho. But then again I'm still catching up. Trying to see the west is a large task. The Hoodoos look amazing. Are there more Hoodoos at the park? Thanks for the great post :)

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