Hike to the Opabin Prospect

Lake O'Hara Trailhead - Search Nearby - Added by Jeremy Meek

Hiking to the Opabin Prospect will afford you the grandest vista in the Canadian Rockies! The Lake O'Hara Valley and its surrounds are nothing short of magical!

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 Lake O'Hara, either at the lodge or at the neighboring campground, you will have SO many choices for adventures to pursue. At some point during your stay, be sure to make the Opabin Prospect a priority. Though it can be done along the way on a number of other hikes in the area, the most direct route is to hike up the West Opabin Trail, passing by Mary Lake along your way. Once you have taken the view in and had your fill of photos, you can continue on to another hike in the area or head back to the lodge/campground the way you came or down the East Opabin Trail, depending on how much time you have at this phenomenal specimen of the outdoors.

Distance

2.5 Miles RT

Elevation Gain

820 ft Gain

Type

Out-and-Back

Activities

Chillin, Photography, Hiking

Bathrooms
Forest
Lake
Scenic
Wildflowers
Wildlife

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. Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures and follow local regulations. Please explore responsibly!

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Brilliant

Something that is so amazing about camping at Lake O'Hara is that you are already so close to treeline. This route is a quick 45 minutes from the lake - but puts you in front of views that usually take a full day to get to. In addition, the people I meet on trail here always seem to be the nicest in the world. I've ended up in many multi-hour conversations with people on this trail. It's a favorite for sure.

Unmatched Splendor

It’s definitely a hike, but the vistas are ridiculous! Truly beautiful.

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