Wapta Falls is a short, easy and popular hike in Yoho National Park, British Columbia, Canada.
Wapta Falls is located at the south-west corner of Yoho National Park on the south side of the TransCanada Highway about 4.5 KM (2¾ miles) inside the West Gate.
The 2 KM (1¼ mile) access road is open in the summer and the easy hike, on nearly flat, well-trodden trail, is only 4.5 KM (2¾ miles) return.
Effects from yesterday’s aggressive hike from Takakkaw Falls to Twin Falls remain evident so this early day hike to Wapta Falls will be a relaxing stroll in hiking sandals.
Following a hearty breakfast in Golden the drive east on the TransCanada Highway is always spectacular and paradoxical.
The highway east of Golden is visually spectacular on twisting, turning, roller coaster road which clings to cliff sides in this challenging area which competes favorably with the Going-To-The-Sun Road in Glacier National Park, Montana or the Tioga Pass Road approaching Yosemite National Park in California.
The Wapta Falls hike is a 1.7 KM (1⅛ mile) hike to the upper viewpoint and an additional kilometer (⅝ mile) hike down to the shore of the Kicking Horse River, famous for some of the best white water rafting in the world.
Wapta Falls is on the Ice River which feeds the Kicking Horse River. The waterfall is not a high falls but rather sufficiently wide to qualify as the largest waterfall in Yoho National Park when rated by volume of water.
Wapta Falls roars and it is a beautiful sight. The best views and photo opportunities may be from the base of the falls, well worth the effort for the short hike down.
The return hike to the trail-head allows the capture of an image seldom seen. Very few people ever witness this because it happens so rapidly. The fortunate opportunity will document a tree giving birth to a new tree.
Following this leisurely excursion the return to the TransCanada Highway initiates a drive further east into the very beautiful and world-famous Emerald Lake area of Yoho National Park in British Columbia, Canada.