We'll be out in your neck of the woods this September and are looking for some information to get all our ducks in a row.
We hear Lake O'Hara is highly recommended and we are trying to fit this in to our itinerary, because Yoho!
Question 1: My main reason for asking so far in advance. I've seen several mentions of calling ahead and booking a spot - is this specifically in reference to the bus tours? Or do we need a reservation for a day hike, driving ourselves in?
Following the trail map from dougz here (Lake O'Hara, Sept 5-7, 2016
) I was wondering about this route: Lakeshore trail to Lake Oesa trail, follow Yukness Ledges Alpine Route back to East Opabin and back around the bottom of Lake O'Hara.
Question 2: What sort of time should be set aside for a route like this? We are both experienced Ontario hikers but I know that doesn't necessarily equate to experienced BC hikers, so go for a little padding of the timeframes
As this was an addition to our trip, we're trying to fit it in between leaving Tonquin (we'll be at Astoria campsite, hiking out the ~7km that morning) and arriving at Johnston to camp that night. We don't mind arriving at Johnston in the dark, as the camp is set right next to the truck, but we'd prefer not being out on the trail in the dark (twilight is fine).
Question 3: will this route take us past those Must-See views? Is there another trail section we should consider adding, if time permits? Or taking another route instead?
For Kootenays, we're looking for some suggestions to stop along the 93 through the park. Marble Creek and Paint Pots were suggested, and the Kootenay Valley Viewpoint - any other quick stops we should consider, or switch out for? We'll be camping at Redstreak and visiting the Hot Springs as well.