Iceline, Yoho Valley, Whaleback day hike, No snow. - ClubTread Community

User Tag List

 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of (permalink) Old 07-26-2011, 09:12 AM Thread Starter
Scaling New Heights
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Abbotsford, , .
Posts: 89
Default Iceline, Yoho Valley, Whaleback day hike, No snow.

This is the longest (and best) of the hikes that we went on over our weekend. Thanks to Rachelo (et al) who recommended this hike. Here are the stats:

Distance 30k+
Cumulative elev. 1300m+
Time 8 Hrs.
Mosquitos Not one I'm serious
Snow Small patches, safe

In a way, this is like doing 4 little half-dayhikes in one.

Leg one: Trailhead to the Iceline summit
You hike back down the road for about 500m to the Whiskyjack trailhead. The trail climbs and switchbacks so gradually that you barely notice it is climbing. As expected, the trails in Yoho national park are remarkably well maintained. I remember thinking what a priviledge it was to hike directly into impending bush bowls and know that the trail would not be grown in. I popped the collar on my shirt so I would look super cool and so that the sun would not beat down on my neck quite so bad on the ascent.

Before you know it, you pop out of the trees and gain a sloping shelf in the mountain with a fabulous view back down to Takakkaw falls. You pass directly under a number of small glaciers, and the runoff was some of the best drinking water I've ever tasted. We stopped at a small lake (there were a series of them) for some food. From there the trail weaved up and down little obstacles before finaly reaching its summit (2200 meters if I remember correctly).



Leg two: Trail down through the Little Yoho Valley
From the summit, the trail descends to the hut in the Little Yoho Valley. The scenery beomes softer, and the hiking gradually descends past a beautiful boulder field. I'm into bouldering, and one little rock was amazingly picturesque. The stone here is grippy and weathered (rounded). At the creek, we stop for another drink, and are amazed at the color of the stream.




Got to go to work...Will edit to post the whaleback and the hike out of the valley this evening

edit Leg three: The whaleback
After descending slightly down the Little Yoho Valley for a couple of KM, we reach the junction for the whaleback. We were not sure if we were going to do this at the beginning, but were feeling good, and ended up going for it.

Another series of switchbacks leads up, alternating between a moist forest and a dry open hillside under a cliff. Again, the grade is painless (nothing seems steep after the central cheam approach trail), and we gain the whaleback after 30 minutes of climbing. Shots 3-5 show a couple of the views from the whaleback.

From there we descend back into the a valley and follow a creek to the top of twin falls. No picture or description can do this place justice. You wont believe the power and intensity unless you go there yourself. The water falls down into a box of rock in the cliff and is held in by a wall of rock that is maybe 3 feet thick. From there it falls through a slit in the rock down hundreds of feet. Again, the photos 7&8 make it look tame. #9 is the falls from the bottom for perspective.

We end up at the tea hut after climbing up a hill (not planning on that), to get around the waterfall cliff. There are some beautiful cliffs on the way down, and I half expected to see bolted sport routes on them...



Leg 4: Yoho valley trudge home
This was painful. I was feeling it in my feet, and I hit the wall with about 4k to go. Mrs. Pianoexcellence is the perfect example of the "out of the gym" hiker. This is her second hike of the year, and she was bounding and jogging down the last 8k. I know the treadmill is no substitute for the mountains...but she O.W.N.E.D. me. lol. I guess there is no substitute for fitness .

There are lots of side trips and diversions on the way down, but we were in "get back to the car" mode. Here are a few pictures of me putting on my game face. I later realized that part of my problem was not bringing enough food...I weigh 230 lb and only brought about 1200 calories to eat that day...live and learn.

pianoexcellence is offline  
Quote
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of (permalink) Old 07-26-2011, 09:23 AM
Off the Beaten Path
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
Interest: adventure racing, hiking, backpacking, climbing/bouldering, mountain biking, falling over as i learn to downhill and cross-country ski, photography
Posts: 829
Default

Nice photos...glad you had a good time!

Did you get to Waterton in the end as well? Would love to know conditions down there.
booewen is offline  
post #3 of (permalink) Old 07-26-2011, 09:46 AM Thread Starter
Scaling New Heights
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Abbotsford, , .
Posts: 89
Default

Yup, camped in waterton for two nights.

Basically no snow anywhere, even on the high peaks. I'll post one big trip report for waterton with more details in a bit.
pianoexcellence is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #4 of (permalink) Old 07-26-2011, 10:03 AM
Hittin' the Trails
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Kamloops, , .
Posts: 28
Default

Great photos and trip report. We are heading Yoho way tomorrow, good to get an idea of the conditions out that way. thanks
Misty is offline  
post #5 of (permalink) Old 07-26-2011, 12:50 PM
Off the Beaten Path
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
Interest: adventure racing, hiking, backpacking, climbing/bouldering, mountain biking, falling over as i learn to downhill and cross-country ski, photography
Posts: 829
Default

Quote:
quote:Originally posted by pianoexcellence

Yup, camped in waterton for two nights.

Basically no snow anywhere, even on the high peaks. I'll post one big trip report for waterton with more details in a bit.
Wow....even though Parks Canada insists that Akamina Ridge and Carthew-Anderson are impassable and snow-bound and have avalanche risk?

Where did you hike?
booewen is offline  
post #6 of (permalink) Old 07-26-2011, 01:11 PM
Hittin' the Trails
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Edmonton, AB, Canada.
Posts: 11
Default

Nice trip report. It's high on my to do list so I always like to see others experience with this hike.
BigWickerJim is offline  
post #7 of (permalink) Old 07-26-2011, 07:05 PM
High on the Mountain Top
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Fraser Valley
Interest: Photography, Nature Observation, Health & Fitness, Nutrition, Shinrin-yoku
Posts: 1,633
Default

Very Nice!
solo75 is offline  
post #8 of (permalink) Old 07-28-2011, 10:50 AM
High on the Mountain Top
 
Blucruisin's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2006
Location: in the valley, BC, Canada.
Interest: Spending time with my man and family, relaxing with good friends and good food, hiking, paddling,
Posts: 1,571
Default

Quote:
quote:Originally posted by pianoexcellence

We end up at the tea hut
Did you stop for cookies and tea at the hut? The lady there bakes up some wonderful muffins as well.


Quote:
quote:Originally posted by pianoexcellence

Leg 4: Yoho valley trudge home
This was painful. I was feeling it in my feet, and I hit the wall with about 4k to go.
That hike out is painful....long, straight, boring and hard on the old feet. When I was there last year I found the last 2 kms the hardest.

Nice report and pictures, makes me want to go back. Thanks for sharing.

Cheers!
Blucruisin is offline  
post #9 of (permalink) Old 07-28-2011, 11:05 AM
Summit Master
 
mick range's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2002
Location: Forest Gnome Cabin, , Canada.
Interest: Outdoor stuff...especially scrambling,trailrunning,mountain biking,kayaking,and hiking, and of course photography
Posts: 13,876
Default

Nice! [^]
I look forward to the Waterton report too
mick range is offline  
post #10 of (permalink) Old 07-28-2011, 06:20 PM
Off the Beaten Path
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: Burnaby, BC, Canada.
Posts: 829
Default

Yes, standing beside the top of Twin Falls is an amazing experience.

Looks like you really made the most of your day- thanks for sharing!
piika is offline  
Reply

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Posting Rules  
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome
 

Search Engine Optimization by vBSEO 3.6.1