Posted - 08/07/2012 : 12:22 PM
| On the third day of Little Yoho trip, we woke up under clear sky again. Andrea's group was going for Isolated to Whaleback, while Make and I had already finished our objectives. We slept in a bit. Due to the promising weather, we decided to take Iceline Trail back, despite the extra elevation gain. Due to the sun direction, we lingered around the camp until almost noon before starting packing. My sandwiches were gone so my pack was lighter than on the way in. But I didn't feel lighter, probably due to the sore muscles anyway.
There's nothing to describe the trail itself, as it's a hiking on a maintained trail. The views are awesome towards all direction. Because we were travelling at low elevation (relatively to the peaks), we got closer view of the lakes and glaciers. At the end of the trail we were constantly treated by the head-on view of Takakkaw Falls, which was not visible from any of the scrambles in that area... Apart from the heavy pack, the downside was the amount of tourists... 100 people for the least.. I could even hear people talking in Chinese. It's understandable though, as Iceline Trail is one of the several must-do trails in the Rockies. Compared to Lake O'Hara, Berg Lake, Northover, and Assniboine, this one is much shorter and can be done in a reasonable one day for most hikers.
The views you'll see are:
Kiwetinok - Pollinger - McArthur - Isolated - Whaleback
Rhondda - Gordon - Balfour - Niles - Daly
Lake Louise Giants
Yoho Glacier, Emerald Glacier, Daly Glacier
Tens of alpine tarns
Thousands of tourists....
Let the photos tell the story.