Takakkaw Falls © Parks Canada / K. Smith 
Takakkaw Falls © Parks Canada

Trail Distance (return) Time (return) Elevation (m) Description
Easy trails
Wapta Falls 4.6 km 1.5 hours 30 A lush, forested walk to the base of an impressive 30 m waterfall - the largest waterfall on the Kicking Horse River.
Emerald Lake 5.2 km 2 hours minimal A gentle, lakeshore trail surrounded by mountain and glacier views. Includes a level, gravel path from the parking area to the bridge at the back of the lake.
Hamilton Falls  1.6 km 30 minutes minimal A pleasant stroll to a delicate cascade.
Centennial 2.5 km 45 minutes minimal A shaded trail along the Kicking Horse River that is known for wildflowers.
Walk-in-the-Past 3 km 1.5 hours 90 Walk to the historic pieces of a narrow-gauge locomotive, abandoned after being used to build the Spiral Tunnels.
Kicking Horse to Amiskwi 3.6 km 1.5 hours 50 Walk or cycle a forested road to a picnic site at the confluence of three rivers.
Great Divide 6 km 2 hours minimal Walk or cycle on a closed, paved road to the historic archway marking the location of the Continental Divide.
Ross Lake 6.4 km 2 hours 100 Start on an abandoned road and continue on a forested trail to a lake set at the headwall of Narao Peak.

Trail descriptions

For maps, detailed route finding and trail descriptions, visit the Yoho Visitor Centre or purchase a hiking guide book and topographical map. There is limited cell service in Yoho National Park.

 

Thanks to an ongoing collaboration between Parks Canada and Google, you can now explore some Yoho National Park highlights using Street View for Google Maps.

 

Wapta Falls

Length: 4.6 km
Hiking time: 1.5 hours
Elevation: 30 m
Trailhead: Wapta Falls parking area, 26 km west of Field, B.C. and 32 km east of Golden, B.C. on the south side of the Trans-Canada Highway. Note: The trailhead is not marked for westbound traffic as there is no left turn lane here. Continue 3 km to the park west boundary, turn and come back. (map)
Habitat: With the ecologically important Leanchoil marsh nearby, watch for waterbirds, beavers and wolf tracks.

Description: A lush, forested walk to the base of an impressive 30 m waterfall; the largest waterfall on the Kicking Horse River. Google Street View: Wapta Falls Trailhead

Emerald Lake

Length: 5.2 km
Hiking time: 2 hours
Elevation: minimal
Trailhead: Emerald Lake parking area, 10 km west of Field, B.C. via the Trans-Canada Highway and Emerald Lake Road. (map
Habitat: A typical, sunny Rocky Mountain forest on the west side of the lake, and a more moist Columbian forest with cedar and hemlock on the east side.

Description: A gentle, lakeshore trail surrounded by mountain and glacier views. Includes a level, gravel path from the parking area to the bridge at the back of the lake. Google Street View: Emerald Lake

Hamilton Falls

Length: 1.6 km
Hiking time: 30 minutes
Elevation: minimal
Trailhead: Emerald Lake parking lot entrance, 10 km west of Field, B.C. via the Trans-Canada Highway and Emerald Lake Road. (map)
Habitat: A lush, green forest typical of Yoho. Watch for hydro-power artifacts from an earlier age.

Description: A pleasant stroll to a delicate cascade.

Centennial

Length: 2.5 km
Hiking time: 45 minutes
Elevation: minimal
Trailhead: Start at the bridge at the entrance to Kicking Horse Campground, 4 km east of Field, B.C. on the Yoho Valley Road. (map)
Habitat: Part of an important wildlife corridor. Watch for mountain goats above.

Description: A shaded trail along the Kicking Horse River that is known for wildflowers.

Walk-in-the-Past

Length: 3 km
Hiking time: 1.5 hours
Elevation: 90 m
Trailhead: From the trailer circle at the back of Kicking Horse Campground near the washrooms. Watch for the mauve interpretive sign. (map)
Habitat: A lush, moist forest at the bottom of Kicking Horse Pass.

Description: Walk to the historic pieces of a narrow-gauge locomotive, abandoned after being used to build the Spiral Tunnels.

Kicking Horse Pass to Amiskwi

Length: 3.6 km
Hiking time: 1.5 hours
Elevation: 50 m
Trailhead: Natural Bridge parking area, 4 km west of Field, B.C. on Emerald Lake Road. (map)
Habitat: Mineral lick in the area. Watch for wildlife here at the confluence of three important valleys.

Description: Walk or cycle a forested road to a picnic site at the confluence of three rivers. Google Street View: Natural Bridge parking area Lot

Great Divide

Length: 6 km
Hiking time: 2 hours
Elevation: minimal
Trailhead: Lake O'Hara parking lot on the south side of the Trans-Canada Highway, 13 km east of Field, B.C. (map)
Habitat: A key pinchpoint for wildlife movement. Watch for bears.

Description: Walk or cycle on a closed, paved road to the historic archway marking the location of the Continental Divide.

Ross Lake

Length: 6.4 km
Hiking time: 2 hours
Elevation: 100 m
Trailhead: Lake O'Hara parking lot on the south side of the Trans-Canada Highway, 13 km east of Field, B.C. (map)
Habitat: Typical Yoho forest, with a shallow creek crossing and marshy areas navigable by boardwalk.

Description: Start on an abandoned road and continue on a forested trail to a lake set at the headwall of Narao Peak.