Ice Line Trail 1995
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The

Ice
Lin
e
Tra
il -
Yo
ho
Pro
vin
cial

Par
k
I Have now
hiked the ice
line trail twice
- 1995 and
again in
August of
2002. The
trail is
spectacular
and well
worth more
visits to
explore the
other trails in
the area.
Yoho National Park is found on the west side (British Columbia)
of the great divide next to Banff National Park about a 3 hour
drive from Calgary, Alberta, Canada. The Ice Line Trail starts at
the base of Takakaka Falls and is about 22 kilometers (14 miles)
long and includes a elevation gain of approximately 650 meters
(2,100 ft).The trail winds along the Yoho river for several
kilometers until a branch in the trail begins the assent of the
mountain. The trail then climbs through the forest for about 4 km
until you come to a cabin in a high alpine valley. The cabin is
supplied by the alpine club and is available for hikers to use for
overnight hikes. We stopped here for a rest and lunch after hiking
for approximately 4 hours.
After leaving the cabin we climbed out of
the valley headed north again. Once we
crested the ridge we were on the edge of
the glaciers rapid retreat demonstrated by
the large rocks left behind in the rubble. The
trail wound along at the edge of the glacier
for several miles. There were many small
ponds and rivulets of run off from the glacier
all along the trail. Some of the boulders that
were left behind demonstrate the power of
the glacier as it moves and tears the
mountains apart.
Takakkaw falls at one
time was a twin falls.
Over the centuries the
one fall has disappeared
when the channel was
bypassed. In the winter
the fall is still there but as
a sheet of ice coming
from the top of the cliff to
the bottom. Climbers
actually climb up the ice
to the top of the cliff in
the winter.
In total we
spent
approximately
8 hours on
this hike and it
was
spectacular.
The trails
were not
expecially
strenuous, but
is considered
an
intermediate
hike.