Alpine Loop

Golden, British Columbia

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This high-elevation trail offers bird’s-eye views of Lake O’Hara, Lake Oesa, the Opabin Plateau, Schaffer Lake, and the many mountains surrounding Lake O’Hara. Looking up from Lake O’Hara, this hike appears much more treacherous than it actually is. Although some parts of the trail involve a steep climb, you won’t want to miss Yoho National Park’s most spectacular trail. We passed a woman well into her eighties and kids as young as seven on the Alpine Loop, which offers fantastic bird’s-eye views of Lake O’Hara, Lake Oesa, Schaffer Lake, and area mountain peaks. If you only have a day or two to spend at Lake O’Hara, this hike provides an excellent overview of the entire area.
Hiking Yoho, Kootenay, Glacier, and Mt. Revelstoke National Parks

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Hiking Yoho, Kootenay, Glacier, and Mt. Revelstoke National Parks

by Michelle Gurney & Kathy Howe (Falcon Guides)

This high-elevation trail offers bird’s-eye views of Lake O’Hara, Lake Oesa, the Opabin Plateau, Schaffer Lake, and the many mountains surrounding Lake O’Hara. Looking up from Lake O’Hara, this hike appears much more treacherous than it actually is.

Although some parts of the trail involve a steep climb, you won’t want to miss Yoho National Park’s most spectacular trail. We passed a woman well into her eighties and kids as young as seven on the Alpine Loop, which offers fantastic bird’s-eye views of Lake O’Hara, Lake Oesa, Schaffer Lake, and area mountain peaks. If you only have a day or two to spend at Lake O’Hara, this hike provides an excellent overview of the entire area.

©  Michelle Gurney & Kathy Howe/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Golden
Distance: 3.3
Elevation Gain: 1,624 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 5.5 to 7 hours
Season: Best mid-June to mid-September
Trailhead Elevation: 6,677 feet
Top Elevation: 7,677 feet
Local Contacts: Yoho National Park
Local Maps: Lake Louise & Yoho (GemTrek Publishing); Lake Louise, 82 N/8
Driving Directions: Directions to Alpine Loop

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