Yoho NP, Iceline Trail

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My trip in Yoho National Park was nearly the shortest that i did last summer, but one of the most rewarding. A lot of scenery in a small space. I only spent one night there, and walked probably right about 20 miles.

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First here's a handful of shots from the Icefield Parkway, as i traveled from Jasper to Banff and Yoho.
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Takakkaw Falls thunders right above the trail head. 991' tall, you can see and hear it from the parking lot. It's got a nice kick just below the top there.
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Looking North, from just beyond the trail head, you can see all the way up Yoho Valley to the Yoho Glacier.
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Looking back at Takakaw Falls.
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I've never seen a river so milky white as the Yoho. It looks like what's left in a cereal bowl after you've finished eating.
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A point where the river narrowed up.
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Laughing Falls.
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A Porcupine. I have a video of this guy that i'll add once i upload it to youtube. This guy was large enough i initially mistook it for a mid sized dog.
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Yoho River. A little bluer here.
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An early view of Twin Falls.
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I took a spur trail toward the Yoho Glacier, but after walking the better part of an hour i still hadn't found it, so i had to turn back for the sake of time. I probably walked about 2.5 miles toward it. The trail peters out to a cairned route, and then i believe cross country travel. I imagine like most all the others the glacier has retreated over the last several decades.
Looking up the glacial valley.
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I turned back just up above here.
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Some fungus back at the trail.
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The Twin Falls Tea House. An original cabin was built in 1908, with further construction in the 1920s.
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Twin Falls above. I'd hike around up above it.
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On the top, the bridge over Twin Falls Creek.
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The view out over the precipice.
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Looking back over the drainage of Twin Falls Creek.
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Zoomed in, i believe this is Mount Pollus.
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The Yoho Valley spreads to the right.
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Looking up, across, and down the valley.
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Zoomed down the valley.
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Looking across the Little Yoho Valley, a tributary of Yoho proper. The actual Iceline Trail runs slightly above tree line below the glaciers you see here.
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Looking across the Yoho Valley again.
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Zoomed on the near glacier across the Little Yoho Valley.
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Looking back, zoomed on the Yoho Glacier that eluded me earlier. Readily visible now.
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A long cascade to the Little Yoho.
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Little Yoho Valley. There is a chalet here.
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Peaks above the Little Yoho.
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One peak above the Little Yoho.
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Fungus.
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Looking back now across the Little Yoho from the South side.
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Looking out to the Yoho Valley from a little farther back in the Little Yoho.
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The trail winds through the moraine. It's lovely.
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Looking back again.
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Nice layers.
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The trail.
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Closer to the end of the trail, you can see Takakkaw Falls again in the bottom left here.
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Looking back, Yoho Glacier center in the distance. I narrowly dodged some worse weather.
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Yoho Glacier.
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Here you can see the tiny dots of people all along the trail. The Iceline sees quite a few day hikers, so if you can't handle other people being around you, skip this one.
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Looking back at the rain North of me.
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Emerald Glacier.
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Rock stacking.
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A glacier above Takakkaw Falls.
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Takakkaw right of center.
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Here you can see that kick.
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A rather old pipe.
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a few videos.

Laughing Falls.

a porcupine.
when this porcupine came up to me i tried to step off the trail out of it's way, but it got scared (may be it hadn't noticed me before then?), and ran (waddled) off slightly faster than it had been going before with it's quills raised.

Takakkaw Falls.
 
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Awesome. I have had a Figure-8 route there on my To Do list, consisting of that loop you did, + the triangle route next door (Burgess, Emerald, Wapta) linked by Yoho Pass. Thanks for posting the photos - Sweeeeeeeet.
 

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That waterfall is mind blowing. Nearly a thousand feet! I was in awe the first time I saw Niagara Falls as a kid and that's under 200'. I can't imagine what it must have felt like to see those falls that high in person. You totally underplayed this trip when I saw you and asked about it. Now I see it's probably cause you didn't even know where to start. Awesome stuff.
 

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All of that was packed into an overnighter?! That is an amazing place. Thanks for posting this.
 

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Uhh... wow. Adding this to the "to do" list.
 

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a couple videos of the porcupine and the falls added at the end.

@Vegan.Hiker , i read the main free fall is about 850'. it is pretty cool to see.

@Jackson , it was a very nice over night, some thing to see every mile. i'd recommend it over most other things i did in Canada.
 

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Can't wait to get back to the Canadian Rockies!!! Thanks for the TR! Beautiful pics!
 
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SO AWESOME!!! When I was there in early May 2008 the trail was closed due to avalanche danger (I think there were some large cornices that they were afraid of coming down). We wanted to go to Takakaw Falls and Twin Falls and were so disappointed that it was closed. We even thought about sneaking in, but thought better of that.

Thanks for sharing, makes me want to go back even more!!!
 
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Looks like an amazing place, love all the pictures and the video of the porcupine!
 

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