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

Rate this Adventure Canada Kicking Horse Campground

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
Read More

Please respect the places you find on The Outbound.

Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures. Be aware of local regulations and don't damage these amazing places for the sake of a photograph. Learn More

Share

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

Are we missing something?

Suggest an edit

How to Get There

Have you done this adventure? Have something to add? You could be the first to leave a review!

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.

More Adventures Nearby

Hike to Cataract Falls at Forks of the Credit Provincial Park

Canada / Forks of the Credit Provincial Park

The main parking lot is off of McLaren Road on the north-east side of the park, with an honour-pay system. Multiple hiking loops are well marked, with clear "Falls this way!" arrows on every sign.

Photograph the Toronto Skyline from Polson Pier

Canada / Jennifer Kateryna Koval's'kyj Park

Polson Pier has a small park at the very end near the nightclub that is ideal for taking dawn/dusk and night photos of the city.

Hike the Panorama Trail

Canada / Sea to Sky Gondola

After taking the Sea to Sky Gondola in Squamish (or hiking up!), just off the Sea to Sky Highway (HWY99), you are brought to the main lodge area where straight ahead, there is a larger viewing platfo.

Marissa Glavas
10 Saves