Hike "A Walk in the Past Trail," Yoho NP

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Added by Dan Deublein

A historically rich trail that leads you to the wreckage of an 1800's steam locomotive. 

The trail begins towards the backside of Kicking Horse camp area near the washrooms. Please know that access to this area is typically closed between October and June. Look for the large trail sign and be sure to grab a brochure  to enjoy the self-guided tour. The brochures may not be available, so I would advising downloading it here before you arrive. 

The trail will initially pass a fallen tree with a fading "Walk In The Past" carved into its side. You will start to ascend as you enter the lush green forest. Keep a lookout for each trail marker and refer to the brochure as it will set the stage for this historical hike. 

Shortly after Marker #2, you will approach the TransCanada Highway bridge with railroad tracks coursing beneath. You must be aware of trains as you must cross the tracks to continue upon the trail. 

After crossing the railroad tracks, you will soon reach a road (the old railroad path) that intersects Markers #5 & #6. The path will appear near Marker #6 which will lead you towards a two plank bridge over a small trickling stream. 

Continue for a short distance and you will discover the wreckage of an 1800's Baldwin Steam Locomotive and Coal Hauler.  To return to the trailhead simply reverse your hike in the way that you came. 

Pack List

  • Backpack
  • Water & Snacks
  • Bear Spray
  • Trekking Poles
  • Bug Spray
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Activities:

Chillin, Fitness, Hiking, Photography

Skill Level:

Beginner

Season:

Summer, Autumn

Trail Type:

Out-and-Back

Distance:

2 Miles

Elev. Gain:

396 Feet

Features:

Bathrooms
Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Forest
Romantic
Scenic
Wildflowers
Wildlife

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Added by Dan Deublein

Dan is an explorer for The Outbound and editor of The Proper Function, an outdoor online editorial. He is passionate about exploration and can’t stay put for more than a week.

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