Field, British Columbia

Hike the Yuckness Ledges in Yoho National Park

5.5 Miles Total - 0 ft gain - Loop Trail

Originally added by Queenie K

Though it's difficult to get into Lake O'Hara, once there this walk is something every hiker should do. 

The Lake O’Hara Alpine Circuit is short loop - but it's not for the faint-hearted. We walked Yuckness Ledges, which is a trail under a large cliff with incredible views over Lake O'Hara and the rest of Yoho National Park. 

The trail starts from the Lake O’Hara outlet bridge across from the Le Relais shelter. It's then a steep (steep) climb up under Wiwaxy Peak, and you eventually reach the beautiful Oesa Lake, where we stopped for lunch. Then it's time to head south, around the Yuckness Ledges and across to Opabin Plateau. This hike probably wouldn't be for someone that has a horrible fear of heights, but it's really not that bad, and the views are incredible. 

Once on Opabin Plateau, have a look at the views! Surrounded on three sides by mountains and with beautiful blue-green lakes, this was definitely my favorite part.  We went in September, so the larch trees were a beautiful yellow and the lakes had some reflections so perfect you could take a photo and (maybe) flip it and no-one would notice. From there it's a short walk back down to Lake O'Hara.

You don't need a permit to walk, but you need to apply (up to 4 months before) to get into the park via a bus to the campground, or to stay in the lodge. It's possible to walk to 11 miles in, walk the Alpine Loop and then catch the bus back - you don't need a bus reservation to leave the park. Or try rocking up and relying on a cancellation to get in. 

Good luck and happy hiking!

Read More

Tags

Camping
Photography
Running
Hiking
Lake
Scenic
Wildflowers
Wildlife

Reviews

Have you done this adventure? Be the first to leave a review!

We want to acknowledge and thank the past, present, and future generations of all Native Nations and Indigenous Peoples whose ancestral lands we travel, explore, and play on.

Nearby Adventures

  • Hike to the Opabin Prospect

    Located in Yoho National Park, Lake O'Hara is said to be the crown jewel of the Canadian Rockies (rightly so!). Callum Snape has described a bit of the process on what it takes to gain access to Lake O'Hara at this post here. Once you arrive at La...

    2.5 miles 820 ft gain

  • Scramble the North Summit of Mount Yukness

    Beginning at Lake O'Hara, head counter-clockwise around the lake - you'll get distracted by the reflections in the water if the water is calm enough, that's ok. You'll want to take the Opabin East route, but Opabin West will work too. Just remembe...

    6.5 miles 2690.3 ft gain

  • Snowshoe to Wiwaxy Gap

    Views in the Lake O'Hara area are unique from the “sea of mountains” look that defines many excellent weekend hikes in the Rockies. With Odoray, Yukness, Huber, Wiwaxy, Schaffer, Biddle, and Lefroy in such close proximity to each other, it is easy...

    3.7 miles 1310 ft gain

  • Backpack to Alberta's Abbot Pass Hut

    Built in 1922 with the stones from the pass, the Abbot Pass Hut and has served both as a base for mountaineers and as a destination for strong hikers ever since. Sitting at 2,926 meters' elevation, it is second only to the Neil Colgan Hut on the l...

    16.2 miles 1500 ft gain