A quick trip report for a short trip into Yoho Aug 26,27,28. I will try not to duplicate much from The Hiker's recent Yoho TR.
We began Friday at 7pm from the Takakkaw Falls trailhead with campground at Twin Falls our objective for the evening. We conquered the nearly 7km on the Yoho Valley Trail in 1.5 hours and rushed to set up camp and get dinner stared before darkness fell. We ate in the dark and then watched the night sky fill with stars without a clod in sight...going to be a cold night.
Picture on the left is of my Hubba tent Saturday morning. It was cold enough overnight to leave frost on our bag at the bear pole. Middle picture is the creek from Twin Falls, which runs beside the campground with the cooking area on the beach. The picture on the right is a beautiful slot canyon just above the campground, on the way to Twin Falls Chalet.
Twin Falls from the view point at Twin Fall Chalet.
From Twin Falls we took the Marpole Connector trail to Little Yoho Valley Trail. Camping at Little Yoho Campground, just beyond ACC's Stanley Mitchell Hut.
After a quick lunch we set off at 1:30pm for our objective this weekend - Whaleback Mountain and Ridge - not the same as the Whaleback Trail. The trail heads north from the east corner of the SM Hut, same trail if the objective was Glacier Des Poilus. The trail heads right up the saddle to the 2 small pinnacles. The tall peak is Isolation Peak at 9,332'. Our objective is the ridge heading right from the saddle.
Getting a little closer now
Don't forget to turn around and enjoy the view of The President Range, across Little Yoho Valley
Well maybe we aren't really that close
A side trip to the toe of Glacier Des Poilus
Ah, steps from the saddle
Finally, the saddle. Clowning around with Yoho Glacier in the background
Up to the pinnacles that have been watching over us the entire way
. That picture didn't look like much, but here is another shot of the where we were standing on the pinnacles
Done playing on the pinnacles and now onto the ridge. Picture looking north with Yoho Glacier in the background
VH happy to finally be on the ridge
One of the few narrower spots on the ridge - no vertigo here!
Now it's 6:30 and a disagreement takes place as we decide whether to push to the end of the ridge - all downhill - and hope the steep rockwall down to the Whaleback Trail isn't impassible or we head straight down and bushwack through an avalanche gully to the Little Yoho Valley Trail. We decide to head down, although not everyone is happy with the decision. Looking up where we came from, only about half way down
. The bushwacking wasn't too bad - EH still smiling
From the time the decision was made to the time we walked back into camp only 45 minutes had passes.
Sunday brought a leisurely start of 10:30 AM with our objective the trailhead via the Iceline Trail. I will not post any pictures as this trail has been covered numerous times. We had fantastic weekend weather. Whaleback Mountain/Ridge is a well kept secret and turned out to be a gem. For us, it would be difficult to recommend only one of Whaleback Mountain/Ridge, Kiwetinok Pass and Mount Kerr. Getting up Whaleback Mountain/Ridge involved 550 metres of elevation gain, which is less than Kerr and about the same as Kiwetinok Pass.
A fantastic weekend trip!
"We don't slow down because we get old, we get old because we slow down" - anonymous