There are certain experiences in life that stand out in vivid memory, and the day we hiked Takakkaw Falls in Yoho National Park was just such a day. Everything lined up perfectly with amazing weather, great food, awesome company, and scenery that just wouldn’t quit.
We started the day early with coffee and breakfast while watching and listening to the roar of Takakkaw Falls from the parking lot. (As a side note, you can actually see the falls right from the parking lot, but the short hike gives you a better vantage point.)
From there we hiked the Iceline Trail which is another adventure we’ll talk about soon. Our day was so inspiring that instead of quitting to make some dinner, we hiked/walked Takakkaw Falls instead. That turned out to be a great decision because this trail is usually quite crowded, but we had it mostly to ourselves. And we even got to sit in the red adirondack chairs, and watch the falls as the sun began to set, (talk about things being picture perfect, the stars aligning, and all that).
The red chair program that Parks Canada started is so fun because you never know where you’re going to run into these picturesque chairs. But on the flip side, they’re usually extremely crowded with one person after the next lining up to get their photo with the chair.
So it was extra nice to have moment to just sit there and enjoy the view in peace. We actually had an entire 15 minutes to ourselves before some more people came, and we moved on so that they could have a moment too.
The trail which is more of a walkway, is only 0.8 miles long and gains just 158′ of elevation, so this probably classifies as more of a stroll than a hike. You’ll have different views of the falls all along the way, and their impressive height (1,260′) and incredible roar never get old. The translation for Takakkaw means ‘it is magnificent’ which says everything you can’t quite convey in pictures.
As you can see the walkway/trail is in good condition for baby strollers and wheelchairs, which makes this a good adventure for all ages.
The views looking in the opposite direction of the falls are really beautiful as well, so you’ll have great scenery on the way out and on the way back. When you get closer to the falls, there’s a rainbow in the mist at certain times a day when the angle of the sun is right. I didn’t end up with a good photo though because the wind was blowing the mist right at us, and I never got a shot before the camera lens was covered in mist.
You can also make this a loop hike with Yoho Lake, (a 6.5 mile roundtrip) which would have been great to do if we hadn’t run out of daylight!