A great hike near Field B.C.
Starting from the Emerald Lake Parking area, this hike gains some altitude quick. It was our first hike of the year and we gained 800 metres of elevation in 4.8 kilometres and all because a bear had the trail around Emerald Lake closed. This trail is well marked and it would be difficult to get lost. Leaving the parking area you will cross the Emerald River trail within a few hundred metres and this is your last real intersection. Along the trail their are some intersections to walk to spots overlooking the Hamilton Creek. Be careful as you would not want to go in and over the falls.
Along Hamilton Creek is this waterfall.
Hamilton Lake during the first week of July, talk about a delayed spring melt.
Here is the Elevation Profile.
This is a great hike in Yoho National Park.
To hike to Twin Falls follow the directions to the Takakkaw Falls trailhead. Both hikes depart from the same parking lot. The road to the trailhead is usually open at the end of June, closing early October so I suggest you call (250.343.6783) or stop in at the Visitor Centre in Field to find out if the road is open.
To get to the Twin Falls trailhead follow the Trans-Canada Highway for 23 km (14 mi) west of Lake Louise to the Yoho Valley Road. When accessing from the West, drive 3.7 km (2.3 mi) east of Field on the Trans-Canada Highway and turn left on Yoho Valley Road. Follow this road for 13 km (8 mi) to the parking lot.
On the hike there are four separate water falls, Angel's Staircase , Point Lace Falls (no photo), Laughing Falls and Twin Falls. If you are going to start this hike I would not turn around until you at least see Laughing Falls.
If you stay on the Yoho Valley trail it is 8.5 kilometres to Twin Falls (one way) with a modest change in altitude of 240 metres. The gps track includes returning on the Marpole Connector (3.3 kilometres) and the Little Yoho Valley Trail (1.5 kilometres) adding an extra 2.6 kilometres to the hike but adding a nice walk along Marpole Lake.
Here is Angel Falls which is actually quite far in the distance from the lookout.
Laughing Falls was actually my favorite falls along this hike.
I am not sure what the problem was but none of my close up shots of Twin Falls were in focus. This was the best of the lot.
On the return just before Takakkaw Fall Campground I took this picture of Takakkaw Falls. With all the snow this last year the falls were really impressive.
Just outside Golden is the Moonraker Trail network. For hikers it offers great canyon views. For bikers it has great single track riding. There are two main ways to access the network. You can drive directly to the upper network by driving towards Kicking Horse Resort. Take the turnoff to Cedar Lake Road 6 kilometres from the Columbia River bridge. The lower network can be reached by driving south from Grolden to Nicholson, turn towards Sander Lake and Drive 5.5 kilometres to reach the parking lot at Sander Lake. There is a great campground at Sander Lake. See the attached Trail Map for driving directions.
A word of caution, the trail map is out of date. There are some great new trails, Tomorrow we Ride, Tonight Tequila, Better than Boston that are not on the map. In the lower network, I find it next to impossible to keep my bearings and continually find myself going in circles, which is the main reason I recorded the gps tracks for these trails. I did my best to keep the trail names accurate but there are no guarantees. If you are hiking I recommend a route that involves following Canyon Creek trail for the views of the Canyon. For biking my favourite route is to park at the Cedar Lake parking lot, ride the road to the Cedar Snag trailhead. Take Cedar Snag to the Aarowhead trail, up Cedar Camp trail to the Toilet Bowl and out the North Star Trail.
This is a favourite hike of mine in Yoho National Park. In the winter the gate is closed so you have to park just off the highway. The total distance from the highway to the falls return is 10 kilometers. In the summer you drive through the gate to the parking area. The total distance is then 5 kilometers return to falls and back to the parking area. The turnoff is 25 kilometers west of Field and 30 kilometers west of Golden.