Hike to Wapta Falls, Yoho National Park

Wapta Falls Trailhead , Parson, British Columbia, Canada

  • Activities:

    Chillin, Photography, Running, Hiking

  • Skill Level:

    Beginner

  • Season:

    Year Round

  • Trail Type:

    Out-and-Back

  • RT Distance:

    2.4 Miles

  • Elevation Gain:

    180 Feet

Bathrooms
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Forest
River
Romantic
Scenic
Waterfall
Wildlife
Swimming Hole

This short and easy hike features a massive waterfall, rainbows, and turquoise pools.

This short 1.2 mile hike leads you through a relatively level forest to a spot on the Kicking Horse River where the water crashes off a river-wide cliff, producing almost a guaranteed rainbow at the bottom. The trail starts at the Wapta Falls Trailhead, which is a short drive off the Trans Canadian Highway just south of Field.

After gaining roughly 45 feet through a heavily forested area, the trail drops about 180 feet to the falls. There is a small lookout point at the top of the falls, but the rainbow is only visible if you scramble down to the base of the falls. You can either go straight down from the vista point or backtrack a couple hundred feet to a trail that leads to the river's edge.

There is a large mound in front of the falls that has a trail topping its ridge line. This provides an awesome view of the entire falls if you are willing to get soaked by the spray.

Pack List

  • Photography Gear
  • Water
  • Snack or Lunch
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We came here in mid-December and were so surprised to find no one else! The road to the trailhead is closed but we parked off the highway and walked the additional 2km to the trail head. A family friendly trail with some stunning views of the falls.

2 months ago
2 months ago

I did this hike in the middle of the afternoon on a weekday and there were only a handful of other people on the trail. It was overcast but the color of the river was bright, bright blue. The falls are gorgeous and if you don't mind stripping off your socks and boots you should wade across the shallow river to the island in the center. Awesome hike! Awesome waterfall!

5 months ago
5 months ago

This hike is practically a hidden gem compared to the popularity of most the hikes in Yoho and Banff. One of the most amazing waterfall landscapes I've ever seen complete with mountains, rainbows, and pools! So rewarding especially considering how easy the hike is! Make sure you jump in the river for a polar plunge

7 months ago
7 months ago

I made a sunset visit here in late winter and had the whole place to myself. The falls were simply stunning with ice hanging everywhere and blue water rushing through the gaps. Make sure you have traction to get the whole way down in the winter, the last drop to the falls can get really icy.

11 months ago
11 months ago

This hike can be done in both the summer and winter and both are equally breathtaking. Be careful of the wet and mucky conditions spring through fall and don't be deterred by the extra 4k(ish) in the winter when the gate is closed. Just strap on a pair of snowshoes, its definitely worth it.

about 1 year ago
about 1 year ago

Just completed yesterday and it is certainly one of the most magnificent waterfalls I've ever seen. Just know, if the gate is closed to access the trailhead it will be an additional 4 mi hike round-trip. Be careful in wet conditions as the trail become very slick.

over 1 year ago
over 1 year ago

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