Yoho Lake - Yoho National Park - Hiking BC

 

Yoho Lake is an alpine gem in Yoho National Park, British Columbia, Canada.

 

 

An early start in darkness begins from Palliser Lodge in Kicking Horse Mountain Resort above Golden, BC for the hour and a half drive to our meeting place at the Takakkaw Falls parking area in Yoho National Park.  All participants in this guided group hike are assembled and briefed for the lengthy 22 KM (13¾ mile) round trip hike to Walcott Quarry on the far side of 2,778 m (9,114 ft) Wapta Mountain.  This post will photo document the first leg of the trek to Yoho Lake.  Elevation gain from Takakkaw Falls will be about 300 m (984 ft) over 3.9 KM (2⅜ miles) to maximum elevation at Yoho Lake of 1,815 m (5,955 ft).

 

Yoho Lake, Yoho National Park, British Columbia, BC, Canada Waiting for other hikers to arrive for the Burgess Shale, Walcott Quarry guided hike at the parking area for Takakkaw Falls in spectacular Yoho National Park, British Columbia, Canada

 

Yoho Lake, Yoho National Park, British Columbia, BC, Canada Takakkaw Falls in Yoho National Park, British Columbia, Canada

 

The hike begins promptly at 7:30 AM in the misty, cool, damp air of Yoho Valley.  The trail-head is clearly marked at the south end of the parking area past spectacular Takakkaw Falls.  Within a short distance, there is a great view of Wapta Mountain in the far distance until a shallow descent past a rise swings right directly towards a magnificent view of 2,696 m (8,845 ft) Michael Peak enhanced by a waterfall and a horizontal cloud.  Crossing Yoho Valley Road passes the Whiskey Jack Hostel prior to a moderate climb on mixed, rough trail switch backing through dense, lush forest.

 

Yoho Lake, Yoho National Park, British Columbia, BC, Canada Near the beginning of the guided group hike to Burgess Shale, Walcott Quarry on the far side of Wapta Mountain in the distance at Yoho National Park, British Columbia. Canada.

 

Yoho Lake, Yoho National Park, British Columbia, BC, Canada Hiking in the misty Yoho Valley towards Michael Peak on the trail to Yoho Lake in Yoho National Park, British Columbia, Canada

 

Yoho Lake, Yoho National Park, British Columbia, BC, Canada Whiskey Jack Hostel in Yoho National Park, British Columbia, Canada.

 

Yoho Lake, Yoho National Park, British Columbia, BC, Canada Takakkaw Falls in the background near the beginning of the hike to Yoho Lake in Yoho National Park, British Columbia, Canada.

 

As elevation is gained on the trail to Yoho Lake, looking back in the occasional clear area provides outstanding views of Takakkaw Falls and 2,695 m (8,842 ft.) Mount Ogden.  At the 1.1 KM (¾ mile) mark, the passes the branch left for the 1.6 KM (1.0 mile) hike into Hidden Lake but there will be insufficient time to hike that short trail today.  Shortly after, the Yoho Lake trail bears left at the world-class and very popular Iceline Trail junction to continue the hike to Yoho Lake.

 

Yoho Lake, Yoho National Park, British Columbia, BC, Canada A nice view of Takakkaw Falls in the misty Yoho Valley as elevation increases on the trail to Yoho Lake in Yoho National Par, British Columbia, Canada.

 

Yoho Lake, Yoho National Park, British Columbia, BC, Canada The trail to Yoho Lake is moderate on switchbacks through dense forest on rustic terrain in Yoho National Park, British Columbia, Canada

 

Yoho Lake, Yoho National Park, British Columbia, BC, Canada Occasional stops for rest, refreshment and a guide historical presentation yield this view as the sun rises over mountains and begins to evaporate the mist in Yoho National Park, British Columbia, Canada

 

When vertical progress exceeds the height of Takakkaw Falls, there is the opportunity to periodically look back at the Daly Glacier toe of the massive Waputik Icefield.  The long lens provides more detail of the massive glacier which is the perennial source of water flow for Takakkaw Falls.  Translation in the Cree language equates 'Takakkaw' to 'it is magnificent'.  No argument there.  This 384 m (1,260 ft) permanent, measured waterfall is the third highest in Canada.

 

Yoho Lake, Yoho National Park, British Columbia, BC, Canada The Daly Glacier toe of the Waputik Icefield above Takakkaw Falls in Yoho National Park, British Columbia, Canada

 

Yoho Lake, Yoho National Park, British Columbia, BC, Canada Another view of the Daly Glacier toe of the Waputik Icefield above Takakkaw Falls in Yoho National Park, British Columbia, Canada

 

Yoho Lake, Yoho National Park, British Columbia, BC, Canada The Daly Glacier toe of the Waputik Icefield above Takakkaw Falls in Yoho National Park, British Columbia, Canada

 

Yoho Lake, Yoho National Park, British Columbia, BC, Canada The Daly Glacier toe of the Waputik Icefield above Takakkaw Falls in Yoho National Park, British Columbia, Canada

 

Yoho Lake, Yoho National Park, British Columbia, BC, Canada Another view from the Yoho Lake trail in Yoho National Park, British Columbia, Canada

 

When the trail levels, a plank bridge keeps footwear dry crossing shallow drainages on the approach to Yoho Lake.   A stop occurs at Yoho Lake in the Yoho Lake Backcountry Campground to rest, take pictures of this pristine subalpine, emerald gem, enjoy a bit of nourishment and take advantage of the formal bathroom facility.

 

Yoho Lake, Yoho National Park, British Columbia, BC, Canada Plank walkways keep feet dry as we hike across shallow drainages on the trail to Yoho Lake in Yoho National Park, British Columbia, Canada

 

Yoho Lake, Yoho National Park, British Columbia, BC, Canada First evidence of our arrival at Yoho Lake in Yoho National Park, British Columbia, Canada.

 

Yoho Lake, Yoho National Park, British Columbia, BC, Canada The southeast end of Yoho Lake in Yoho National Park, British Columbia, Canada

 

Yoho Lake, Yoho National Park, British Columbia, BC, Canada Yoho Lake, Yoho National Park, British Columbia, Canada

 

Yoho Lake is incredibly beautiful with crystal clear, glacial-fed, cold water.  Perfectly still water melds reflections on the surface with lake bottom detail.  The aura is peaceful.

 

Yoho Lake, Yoho National Park, British Columbia, BC, Canada At the shore of Yoho Lake in Yoho National Park, British Columbia, Canada

 

Yoho Lake, Yoho National Park, British Columbia, BC, Canada Yoho Lake in Yoho National Park, British Columbia, Canada

 

Yoho Lake, Yoho National Park, British Columbia, BC, Canada Yoho Lake in Yoho National Park, British Columbia, Canada

 

Yoho Lake, Yoho National Park, British Columbia, BC, Canada Yoho Lake in Yoho National Park, British Columbia, Canada

 

Yoho Lake, Yoho National Park, British Columbia, BC, Canada Yoho Lake in Yoho National Park, British Columbia, Canada

 

The backcountry campground is busy.  People packing up and moving on are being replaced with new arrivals.  There are many multiple day backpacking routes in Yoho National Park.  The park is well maintained and internationally famous.

 

Yoho Lake, Yoho National Park, British Columbia, BC, Canada A bronze plaque in stone pillar recognizes the Alpine Club of Canada held its first camp here in 1906. Yoho Lake Backcountry Campground is a popular destination in Yoho National Park, British Columbia, Canada

 

Yoho Lake, Yoho National Park, British Columbia, BC, Canada This trail through wildflowers leads to an excellent biffy at the Yoho Lake Backcountry Campground in Yoho National Park, British Columbia, Canada

 

Yoho Lake, Yoho National Park, British Columbia, BC, Canada The excellent biffy at Yoho Lake Backcountry Campground in Yoho National Park, British Columbia, BC, Canada

 

From Yoho Lake there is a clear view of Wapta Mountain which motivates the continuation of this hike to Walcott Quarry, on the other side, via 1,815 m (5,955 ft) Yoho Pass.  The scenery currently being enjoyed here is only a subtle prelude to the spectacle which will unfold over the next few hours.

 

Yoho Lake, Yoho National Park, British Columbia, BC, Canada Wapta Mountain at 2,778 m (9,114 ft), home of the Walcott Quarry of Burgess Shale on it's far side, rises majestically above Yoho Lake in Yoho National Park, British Columbia, Canada

 

Yoho Lake, Yoho National Park, British Columbia, BC, Canada The northwest end of Yoho Lake in Yoho National Park, British Columbia, Canada

 

The nature of this group hike endeavor requires a disciplined pace to achieve the distance and elevation in a single day.  Opportunities to stop for pictures are often limited.  At rest stops, the vistas are breathtaking as the hike continues to Walcott Quarry.

 

Today's photographs were captured on August 5, 2013.  The best are yet to come.

 

 

 

 

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Like the sunbeam through the trees onto the trail picture :) thanks.

Truly beautiful!

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