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D4 Iceline/Little Yoho Valley/Laughing Falls/Yoho Valley

CORA organizers no longer accept cash for memberships or drop ins. You must pay your $20 membership fee or $5 drop-in fee online before this trip. CORA rules mandate that I move non-members to the waiting list until they've paid their membership or drop-in fee online. If this is you, post a comment saying that you've paid to let me know. Group size limit is 12.

I've wanted to do the Iceline for quite a while. I've wanted to do Little Yoho Valley for the last couple of weeks. Put them both together in one hike and it should be a great day through some amazing scenery.

To make sure I know who's coming and your general level of experience (I need to know for planning/safety reasons; beginners with a basic level of hiking fitness are most welcome), you can not sign up a guest. Everyone coming must sign up on their own. Please answer all questions during the RSVP process. If you don't I'll bump you to "Not Going" and you'll go to the back of the line until you provide all the answers.

The pace will be moderate. A basic level of hiking fitness is required.

Be prepared for cold, windy, snowy weather one minute, clear skies and sun the next. September in the Rockies can be like winter in the Rockies.

I've never done this trip, so it will be an adventure.

There is a good chance that we could be turned back at any point due to snow, ice, wind, flood damage, zombie marmots and any number of other conditions we encounter. When it comes to safety I'm conservative.

All participants are expected to act as a responsible member of the group. If you don't intend to act as a member of the group, this trip is not for you. Shared values of this trip include personal responsibility and mutual reliance (we all look out for one another), fun, safety and respect. The organizer is not a guide, but he has the final say in matters of safety.

Research the route. Assume that everyone but you will be hit in the head by a huge rock while a grizzly and cougar are playing tug-of-war with their bodies, leaving you alone to find your way back to the car.

Distance on trail: 21 km return

Elevation gain: 720 m

Time on trail: 6 to 8 hours (estimate); we may not get home until late though

Dogs: Not on this trip.

Required Equipment:

Hiking boots (absolutely mandatory; no runners or short-top day hikers)

Headlamp (just in case!)

Sunscreen

Water

Food

First aid kit

Rain jacket

Fleece/warm layer

Warm hat

Gloves

Driving and Directions: Take the Trans-Canada west past Lake Louise. Quite a ways past. All the ways past into British Columbia and Yoho National Park. At the bottom of the big hill, turn right onto Yoho Valley Road and go to the Takakkawa Falls parking lot. Park.

Click here for a driving map.

Costs: Members are free. Non-member fee is $5.


Transport: CORA trips start at the trailhead. We meet at the meeting point in Calgary to make organizing trips easier and help ensure we know who's showing up. Please be on time. You may choose to meet us at the trailhead, but please advise us ahead of time.



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  • Pam

    The lightly falling snow made the waterfalls and fall colors more magical. It was unexpectedly warm and calm - a tranquil day with great views and great company.

    September 29, 2013

  • Ken S.

    I think it was better because of the snow. At times it felt like Christmas. Thanks for coming everybody. I was serious when I said the experience was better because of who it was shared with.

    September 29, 2013

  • morley

    Was really great, weather even co-operated!!!

    September 29, 2013

  • Ken S.

    Forecast for Field today: cloudy with sunny breaks in the morning (no rain or snow), 60% chance of rain between noon and 2 p.m., then cloudy with sunny breaks. Looking good...

    September 29, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Reached home and found I am in the confirmed list.. Sorry Ken..planned something already.. :(

    September 28, 2013

  • Ange

    For some reason I haven't been receiving any of the updates & had no clue about the weather. That combined with the fact that Terry won't be there has solidified my decision to not join this time around.

    September 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I did it today at it was awesome, better than the weather forecast but of course views were not as good as on a sunny day but still good. Few snowflakes here and there and light rain at the very end but worth it, hope you'll get lucky as I was today :)

    September 28, 2013

  • U. P.

    We attempted Smutwood Peak today. The weather forecast said alright, but we ended up finding a pretty bad weather. And an hour or so later on the way back to parking lot, the weather started opening up, bringing gorgeous sunlight. Mountains are most rewarding when you plunge yourself into that unknown, with the desire to let go of your less, and discover your most, hence dealing with whatever it comes at you. You can never fully plan for mountains. It's an illusion. It might just reward you with great sunshine in one minute, and assail you with rain in the next. What matters most is the trail, the challenge, the company, and the re-discovery of the wild.

    1 · September 28, 2013

  • catalin

    Well, I don't want to upset anyone, but if the forecast stays as bad as now (1 hour of sunshine tomorrow), I will cancel. I did once Iceline in rain, and well ... the views aren't so great.

    September 28, 2013

    • U. P.

      Sounds like you probably haven't seen those astounding waterfalls. Yoho Valley is one of the most fascinating places in that area. Rain or snow, it doesn't matter.

      1 · September 28, 2013

  • Ken S.

    Not to alarm anyone, but the weather forecast for Field on Sunday is rain and snow with a high of 6 C. It should be rainier and snowier higher up. And colder. Come prepared for winter conditions. Depending on what kind of time we make on the trail, we may return via the shorter and lower loop that goes past Celeste Lake, do an out-and-back to Stanley Mitchell hut, or just do an out-and-back to the high point on the Iceline trail.

    It's going to be an adventure!

    September 27, 2013

    • U. P.

      We could actually do the Yoho Glacier. That's most fascinating hike I've done this summer in that area. It doesn't matter if there's snow or rain -- those waterfalls are spectacular!

      September 28, 2013

  • Jachym R.

    Sorry, guys, I am out. The forecast is not improving.

    September 28, 2013

  • TERRY M

    in that case Ken, I expect to receive emails from everyone in attendance thanking me on Sunday night for my willingness to Sacrifice myself for the group :)

    September 27, 2013

  • TERRY M

    I REALLY WANTED to do this one, but the weather looks to be mostly cloudy and rainy on most of the sites I looked at (believe me I looked at quite a few). the sun is suppose to shine in the city this weekend, so I will be going for a bike ride instead and not the mountains (frack) :( P.S. out of all the sites I checked there was one that showed partly sunny sky's in the afternoon, so here's hoping you all run into them. See you all next time.

    September 27, 2013

    • Ken S.

      Coward ;)

      September 27, 2013

    • Ken S.

      Although last time you cancelled because it was going to rain (Burns Ridge) it ended up being quite nice.

      September 27, 2013

  • Ken S.

    The current order of people on the waiting list who were already members or have recently paid their membership are:
    1. Kevin
    2. Morley
    3. Dhinesh

    September 27, 2013

  • Ken S.

    CORA organizers no longer accept cash for memberships or drop ins. You must pay your $20 membership fee or $5 drop-in fee online before this trip. CORA rules mandate that I move non-members to the waiting list until they've paid their membership or drop-in fee online. If this is you, post a comment saying that you've paid to let me know and I'll add you to the attending list when a spot opens up. Group size limit is 12.

    September 27, 2013

  • Ken S.

    If you found yourself on the waiting list it's because you need to pay the $20 membership.

    September 25, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hi Ken, I paid by pay pal yesterday. Have you now received it?

      September 26, 2013

    • Ken S.

      I don't actually get notified if you've paid...not sure why. You're now on the attending list for this hike!

      September 26, 2013

  • catalin

    The forecast for yoho says close to 20 mm of rain on Sunday. I hope the site I saw is wrong!

    September 26, 2013

  • Jachym R.

    Anybody interested in going up the night before and staying in Lake Louise (or Fields or Emerald Lake) to cut down on the morning drive? I could drive and book a room.

    September 26, 2013

    • Ken S.

      I thought about that, but can't make it Saturday night. If you find takers, let me know that you'll be meeting us at the trailhead.

      September 26, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    hola !!! I'm ao excited thinking that I'd make it.. I'd be the first time with the meet up friends ! but...whats the web site to sign in as a member?? thank you all

    September 23, 2013

    • Ken S.

      Hola! At the top of this page I put a link to the payment page. You have to be either a paid member ($20 a year; 2013 membership good until the annual general meeting in Feb or Mar 2014) or pay the $5 drop in fee online. So put yourself on the "Attending" list and I'll move you onto the wait list until you let me know you've paid.

      1 · September 24, 2013

8 went

  • Ken S.
    Member 2015 Organizer, Assistant Organizer
    Event Host
  • U. P.
    VP Safety, 2015, Co-Organizer
  • Maureen
    Member 2013
  • Kevin S.
    member 2015
  • Pam
    Organizer 2015, Assistant Organizer
  • Irtaza N.
    Member 2013
  • morley
    Organizer 2014, Assistant Organizer
  • A former member

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CAD20.00 before first trip

This covers: Annual Membership

Payment is accepted using:

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