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Yoho National Park

Hiking and Walking

Emerald Lake early in the morning © Parks Canada 
Early morning at Emerald Lake © Parks Canada

Yoho is a hiker’s paradise, with more than 400 km of trails, ranging from easy self-guided interpretive trails to difficult all-day guided hikes to the Burgess Shale fossil beds. 

When to go | Where to go | General information | Safety | Trail report

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When to go

Prime hiking season runs July through mid-September. Until late June, many passes are still snow-bound and may be subject to avalanche hazard. Trails tend to be muddier at this time and the best hiking is at lower elevations or on drier, south facing slopes. By the middle of July, most alpine passes are snow-free.

Where to go

Short Hikes and Walks 
Day Hikes
Multi-day Hikes
Burgess Shale Fossil Hikes

What to bring

A day of hiking in the Rockies requires preparation. Conditions can change rapidly in the mountains and higher elevations increase your exposure to the sun and stormy weather. To have a safe and fun time outdoors you will need to bring:

  • Warm clothes (not cotton), rain jacket and pants, winter gloves, and toque
  • Hearty lunch, snack & drinking water (at least 2 litres)
  • Hiking boots and hiking poles, extra socks
  • Sunscreen, sunglasses, sun hat
  • Personal blister kit and medical supplies (just in case)
  • Bear spray
  • Camera!