Hike the Yuckness Ledges in Yoho National Park

Rate this Adventure Canada Lake O'Hara Trailhead

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!

Pack List

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:

Camping, Hiking, Photography, Running

Skill Level:

Intermediate

Season:

Spring, Summer, Autumn

Trail Type:

Loop

Distance:

5.5 Miles

Elev. Gain:

0 Feet

Features:

Lake
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 Queenie K

HI

More Adventures Nearby

Hike to Wilson's Falls

Canada / Wilson's Falls Trailhead

Wilson's Falls is a beautiful hiking trail located right in the heart of Muskoka. This trail provides many different access points for stunning views of the waterfalls.

Hike to Huckleberry Rock Lookout

Canada / Huckleberry Rock Lookout Parking

This is a beautiful trail where many scenic Muskoka views can be observed. The trail begins in the middle of a beautiful forest which quickly opens to exposed bedrock, the oldest rock on the planet.

Photograph the Cleveland Dam

Canada / Cleveland Dam

Once you park in the parking lot near the dam, its fairly easy to tell where it is, and how to get there.

Kaila Walton
6 Saves