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Twin Falls, Yoho National Park, Intermediate – Beginners Welcome

  • Aug 31, 2013 · 7:00 AM

BEFORE YOU SIGN UP FOR THIS HIKE:

Read the entire hike posting. Every. Single. Word. I don't mind answering questions, as long as they aren't already answered in the hike posting.

Be willing to hike at the pace of the slowest. Leave your long sighs, eye-rolls and impatience at home, please and thank you. Those of us who actually are slow hikers will appreciate it. :-)

Trail distance and elevation: 16.4 km return, 290 m elevation gain

Details about the trail: This popular trail, beginning at Takakkaw Falls, leads to views of four waterfalls: Angel's Staircase, Point Lace Falls, Laughing Falls, and Twin Falls. I plan to stop at all of them. While the distance is intermediate, the elevation gain isn't too bad, so if you're up for the distance, feel free to try this trail with me. A great deal of this trail is relatively flat, with one strenuous climb that each person can take at their own pace, followed by some ups and downs leading to the spectacular Twin Falls. There is a backcountry lodge there, however, don't count on them for food or drink. (There is also a pit toilet there).

Meetup Location:

Transit Users: I can take three passengers with me from Heritage LRT Station. Please reply to the post on the Message Board below. Look for a Light Blue Dodge Caravan parked close to the station building.

Vehicle Drivers: You can drive yourself to the trailhead, or use the Message Board below to arrange yourselves in car pooling groups, from whatever location you wish.

Trailhead: Takakkaw Falls Parking Lot. Follow Highway 1 west into Yoho National Park. Just past the viewpoints for the Spiral Tunnel, you'll turn right onto the Yoho Valley Road (marked for Takakkaw Falls as well). You'll follow a twisty mountain road to the parking lot at Takakkaw Falls – note that there are two tight switchbacks in this road, one after the other, and trailers and RVs are not allowed up this road. We'll meet near the washrooms.

Hiking Pace: We will be hiking to the pace of the slowest person in the group. My definition of hiking to the pace of the slowest is the slowest hiker is at the front of the group, and sets the pace for everyone. This is for the safety, health and enjoyment of all hikers. We will be stopping for great views, photos, rest breaks, and the occasional head count. Remember, it doesn't matter how slow you're going, you're still going faster than the folks sitting at home on the couch.

Hiker requirements: Healthy enough to complete the hike (this includes carrying your own gear – there are no sherpas on my hikes!), good sense of humor, and a desire to explore the natural environment.

Gear requirements: Hiking shoes/boots are always best, and be prepared for changes in weather. Always be prepared with sunscreen, bug spray, personal medications (if needed), personal-sized first aid kit. Water: I typically take at least 2 liters on any hike. Better to have too much, than run out in the middle of the hike. If you have them, bring bear spray and/or bear bangers and carry them on the outside of your pack. Snacks/lunch. Camera, small binoculars if you have them.

Passenger gas share: 
$25.00 Please note this is per person, and in cash. You will also be expected to pay for a share of a group park day pass.

Start and return time:
Depart Calgary 7:00 am, to arrive at the trailhead approximately 10:00 am. I expect us to be off the trail around 5-6:00 pm. We can stop for supper/large snack in Lake Louise on the way home. Don't make plans for this evening, as we'll likely be home late.

I will check the Meetup site for this hike in the early morning of the hike, in case anyone has any last minute messages.


Who can attend: No dogs please. No children.

Waivers: As per the new policy for waivers, I will bring the group waiver form with me to both the Calgary Meetup location and the trailhead. You must sign it before you will be allowed to go on this hike. You will also be asked for the name and phone number of someone we can contact in the event you are injured or ill. Please come prepared with this information.

You are fully aware that organizers are not professional guides and you assume all responsibility for your safety and well-being. You are fully prepared with proper gear and you're physically fit to do this hike with the group.

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  • Karima

    Thanks all, it was a pleasure to spend time with you, big hip hip to Linda who had the time and patience to keep us all on track, and to Victor with whom Carine and my self and a very educational trip :-)

    September 3, 2013

  • Linda

    For those of you who were wondering, I checked my photos from last year, and yes, the river was very milky-looking then as well. I may poke around and try to find out why.

    August 31, 2013

    • Linda

      Didn't find specific info on the Yoho River, but it says the following about Kicking Horse River, which the Yoho feeds into: "The river is fed from the Wapta and Waputik Ice Fields, whose melting glacial water shapes the land as it carves and cuts thru rock, crushing it into rock dust, which is the suspended sediment that provides the milky color for the water."

      September 2, 2013

    • Andy D.

      Same thing for the Yoho River. The reason it looks milkier than the Kicking Horse is because it is a shorter river and closer to the source where you see it. The Yoho Glacier is visable up the valley as you hike towards Twin Falls.

      September 3, 2013

  • Linda

    Wow, absolutely the most amazing hike, with a great bunch of people! Thank you all for coming out, and hope to see you again on future hikes.

    August 31, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hi Linda. I am absolutely jealous! I wonder if I can do this hike on my own? I have Monday off, and I really want to be out, but there are no scheduled hikes. Or do you know of other hikes that I could do by myself?

      August 31, 2013

    • Linda

      While the trail was busy on Saturday, there are no guarantees otherwise. Other hikes you could safely do on your own are Plain of Six Glaciers from Chateau Lake Louise, Lake Agnes Teahouse from same place, or perhaps Johnston Canyon to the Inkpots. All three are usually so busy you'd never really be alone on the trail.

      September 2, 2013

  • Ezmina

    Awesome, awesome, awesome!! truly amazing treat to get to Twin Falls...what a view! Thanks Linda.

    September 1, 2013

  • Sherry O

    Great day. Hike was beautiful. Twin falls were breathtaking. Great company too.

    September 1, 2013

  • carine

    Oh my goodness ... what a great time!!!! Linda, thanks for organizing! Truly enjoyed the hike, all people in the group, and the great weather. Thanks Victor for driving, entertaining and "educating"!!! Karima, hope to see you before you leave.
    Thanks again for a wonderful day!!!

    August 31, 2013

  • Denise

    Wonderful hike - great group of people - perfect day.

    August 31, 2013

  • Annette

    Apologies I missed the turnoff with the construction & went to Field! Stil going to view the falls! My apollogies again have a great hike!

    August 31, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Khulud and I were waiting at Heritage but it's too late to drive through now so we won't make it.

    August 31, 2013

    • Sherry O

      Sorry as maybe a misunderstanding but departure time was 7.

      August 31, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      No misunderstanding, we were late.

      August 31, 2013

  • Sherry O

    I'm driving with Linda & we were to leave at 7. However waited till 7:10. Sorry

    August 31, 2013

  • Victor G. P.

    I'm driving from 90th Ave and 14 St. SW and I can take 3 passengers. Kindly reply if you need a ride from the SW.

    August 27, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thank you very much, I'll see you there.

      August 30, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I'm here at Heritage LRT.

      August 31, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Ok I'm at Heritage stn. I don't see anyone :-(

    August 31, 2013

  • sheepii

    I just saw there was a change a minute ago that there's a spot left (I guess someone just withdrew?) and I'm on the waiting list #1, May I confirm if I'd jump off the waiting list? thx!!

    August 30, 2013

    • sheepii

      I'm going to bed, I'd set alarm clock on the early morning to check if there's any date... but I still need a ride (I live in Ranchlands, near crowfoot)... my number is[masked]-2621... Hopefully could get response from someone close by if I could make it... or have fun u guys :')

      August 31, 2013

    • Linda

      People dropped out after the RSVP's closed. If you can get in on a car pool, you're welcome to join us.

      August 31, 2013

  • Karima

    Hi Denise, thanks a lot for the. Offer but heritage is much closer to me, I will be there before 7 am, if there is a spot fine otherwise, I will follow the others with my car.
    I can't wait to meet you all tomorrow.

    August 30, 2013

  • Linda

    If you're hoping to catch a ride with me from HERITAGE STATION, please reply to this post. I can take three passengers, and you'll find my light blue Dodge Caravan minivan near the station building close to 7am on Saturday.

    August 26, 2013

    • Sherry O

      Could I catch a ride with you Linda. I also have a group pass. 3 for 3.

      August 26, 2013

    • Lisa S.

      All: Linda may have another spot now for someone to ride from Heritage. Sorry, but I will have dogs waiting for me at home and want to get back, so I've made other arrangements to ride.

      August 30, 2013

  • Frank P.

    Looking forward to meeting you all at Yoho. I will meet everyone at the Trailhead.

    August 30, 2013

    • Andy D.

      How will they recognize you?? Busy trailhead.

      August 30, 2013

    • Linda

      Frank, look for the light blue Dodge Caravan, with all the hikers hanging around it. Then ask for Slow and Steady. :-)

      August 30, 2013

  • Karima

    Is there any spot left? I just prefer not to drive, and what is the meeting point adress as I dont see it anymore :-(

    August 30, 2013

    • Denise

      Karima - I am departing from Crowfoot LRT and have a spot in my car. Other drivers are departing from other spots in Calgary if you are not close to Crowfoot.

      August 30, 2013

  • sheepii

    hi there :) I'm also on waiting list and need a ride if I'd get off from list(if not,still wish u guys have fun :)I live in Ranchlands blvd,very close to crowfoot.Any takers?Maybe Denise? ;) I'd check email later today+see if I'd have any luck.Hv a great day,safe and nice hike all :)

    August 30, 2013

    • Denise

      Yes Sheepii, I could take you from Crowfoot LRT if you get off the wait list. I will check later tonight and email you the details if you are on the hike.

      August 30, 2013

  • Judith A.

    On wait list but if I get on, have to sort out foot problem today so will confirm if coming later in day. Also would need a ride from northwest as in Shouldice or elsewhere okl Am by river Hillhurst area. Maybe Denise? What time if so?

    August 30, 2013

    • Denise

      Hi Judith Ana - if you get off the wait list I can give you a ride. It would be at 7am. Either Crowfoot LRT or Shouldice work - whatever is easiest - we can email to confirm.

      August 30, 2013

    • Ezmina

      if you get on and want a ride from shouldice, I can pick u up. let me know

      August 30, 2013

  • Ezmina

    I can take 3 passengers or take a ride - from either Shouldice, PetroCanada (Hyw22) or COP (McD).
    Jenn, I will miss you :)

    August 27, 2013

    • Ezmina

      Charmayne, it will be easiest to find each other if we meet at the Sign post "Petro Pass". I drive a silver grey Honda Accord. Welcome to the group :) you will have an awesome time for sure, and yes, Linda is the Best!

      1 · August 29, 2013

    • Ezmina

      I will call u. 7:15 I am thinking should be good.

      August 30, 2013

  • Karen H.

    Oh my gosh. Bad news. For me anyway.. I just pulled my quad at soft ball. I highly doubt I'll be able to do 16k on Saturday :(
    This also means I wont be catching a ride with Victor in case someone else wants to contact him.
    All the best on Saturday everyone! Hopefully I'll make it out sometime.. lol

    August 29, 2013

  • Victor G. P.

    Carine, Karen cannot make it, so you can ride with us. Please be at 7am at Heritage Station and look for a silver Honda Civic.

    August 29, 2013

  • carine

    Any chance I can catch a ride with someone? I notice there are a few people carpooling from Heritage, and I certainly could make it there for 7. Thanks so much.

    August 29, 2013

  • Denise

    Looks like there are many drivers for this hike, but I still have room if anyone needs a ride from near Crowfoot.

    August 29, 2013

  • Jaelyn

    Hi there - I am on the waiting list so please let me know if a spot comes available :-)

    August 29, 2013

    • Andy D.

      You'll be notified by meetup email if you get in.

      1 · August 29, 2013

  • Karima

    Got bitten by the hiking bug in Norway, I would love to join while still in calgary, pls let me know if any spot would be free after some cancelation :-)

    August 29, 2013

    • Andy D.

      Put yourself on the waiting list. With only 2 people waiting your chances are good. But put yourself on it asap.

      August 29, 2013

  • Amy

    I'm leaving from the north end and I can take up to 3 passengers, I could pick you up at let's say the Brentwood LRT Park 'n Ride at 7:15 am.

    August 29, 2013

  • Leanne F.

    I'm looking to carpool from Heritage, I'd like to catch a ride with someone

    August 28, 2013

    • Linda

      Victor and Karen are both offering rides from Heritage. See below and respond to their posts.

      August 28, 2013

    • Karen H.

      I'm actually catching a ride with Victor now.

      August 28, 2013

  • Amy

    I assume the 7 am time is the time to meet at Heritage LRT station? What time are we meeting at the trailhead then?

    August 28, 2013

    • Linda

      Around 10am.

      August 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I could not open the waiver form, can you please upload it in word format.

    August 28, 2013

    • Linda

      You'll sign the group waiver when we get to the trailhead. We no longer use the single waiver anymore.

      1 · August 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I don't have car, is there anyone has spot in his/her car?

    August 28, 2013

    • Victor G. P.

      Khulud, I have room for you in my car, can you be at 7am at Heritage Station?

      August 28, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanks Victor, yes I will meet @ 7am :)

      August 28, 2013

  • Lydia

    Could I catch a ride with someone?

    August 27, 2013

    • Linda

      One of my passengers just bailed, so I have a spot, if you can come to Heritage Station.

      August 27, 2013

    • Lydia

      Sounds good. I'll meet you @ heritage

      August 28, 2013

  • Wanda P

    Linda, sorry but I will no longer be able to come. My son has a football playoff game. Someone else may be able to catch a ride with you

    August 27, 2013

    • Linda

      No problem, we'll catch you another time!

      August 27, 2013

  • Denise

    I will be driving - have room for 3 and have a park pass. Will be departing from Crowfoot LRT if anyone needs a ride.

    August 27, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    So excited about this hike! I've been building up, so the distance will be great.

    August 25, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Gah! I have to work on Saturday to cover for my partner. :(

      August 26, 2013

    • Linda

      That's too bad - hope we'll see you on another hike!

      August 26, 2013

  • Keela

    Will not be able to sign up tonight so hopefully there will be room for me tommorrow.

    August 26, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    it says RSVP is closed.... how do I sign up.

    August 25, 2013

    • Linda

      RSVPs are set to open at 7pm tonight.

      August 26, 2013

  • Donna

    Thank you for the detailed information about the hike. I chickened out of last one, as not enough details and questions were not answered in timely manner. Not intending on being disrespectful, it would have been my first long hike and also with strangers and I felt really unsure about the entire situation. I would sign up for this one however I am in Edmonton on semester break until September 09. I am racing in a duathlon in Sandy beach trying to snag a spot for the world championships in Spain 2014. Wish me luck- I will need it! Again great job in explaining details of the hike. Sincerely Donna :)

    August 25, 2013

    • Linda

      Good luck on the duathlon! I always try to provide lots of detail, as I often have very new hikers on my trips.

      August 26, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    This looks like fun.

    August 25, 2013

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