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Hiking In Yoho National Park: President Range Trails

Hiking in Yoho National Park: President Range Trails

Hiking in Yoho National Park and looking for mountain splendour? You’ll find it all through the park but if you’re looking for something unique check out the President Range hiking trails starting from either the far end of the Iceline Trail or Stanley Mitchell Hut.

Our plan one summer weekend went like this. Go hiking in Yoho National Park, starting at the trailhead by Takakkaw Falls. Follow the Yoho Valley Trail to Stanley Mitchell Hut and spend two nights. On the second day – after a long leisurely breakfast –  hike to Kiwetinok Lake, four kilometres away. Finish up the three day trip by backpacking out on the magnificent Iceline Trail.

The weekend mostly went according to plan. I say mostly because on the Friday night a huge thunderstorm swept through the area and dumped between two and three inches of rain.

That was enough to swell the creeks and increase the possibility of major soakers on any attempted crossing. And it was enough to deter us from hiking to Kiwetinok Lake.

Read: 12 Safety Trips for Crossing Rivers & Streams

Location of Stanley Mitchell hut
Backdrop for the Stanley Mitchell Hut

The President Range of hiking trails

Instead we opted to explore the trails leading to the waterfalls and glaciers of the President Range. There are no marked trails. You explore as you see fit. Take a few hours or take a whole day.

Dwarfed by the mountains and glaciers while hiking in Yoho National Park
Dwarfed by the mountains and glaciers while hiking in Yoho National Park

The splendour of the range was everywhere – bold coloured rocks, blue glacial ice, infinity pools, and truly outstanding vistas.

Here are the highlights of our day spent hiking in Yoho National Park on the President Range trails.

The President Range Hiking Trails in Yoho National Park
Views climbing out from the Stanley Mitchell Hut
"Crossing the swollen river on a footbridge"
Crossing the swollen river on a footbridge
Heading up to check out the river
Heading up to check out the river
The President Range Hiking Trails in Yoho National Park
Looking for a safe place to cross a swollen river
The President Range Hiking Trails in Yoho National Park
John surveying his options
Incredible folding in the rock seen hiking in Yoho National Park
Incredible folding in the cooked up rocks
The President Range Hiking Trails in Yoho National Park
Get up into the President Range and its a world of ice and rocks
The President Range Hiking Trails in Yoho National Park
Humans look insignificant in this environment
The President Range Hiking Trails in Yoho National Park
It’s pretty darned cool to be able to walk up to a glacier so easily – and to do it safely
The President Range Hiking Trails in Yoho National Park
Wildly folded rocks make for an interesting landscape

Visit the Yoho National Park website for more information.

Further reading on hikes in Yoho National Park

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President Range hiking trails in Yoho National Park
 
 

 

Leigh McAdam

Leigh McAdam is a Calgary based writer, author, photographer and social media enthusiast with over 61,000 followers. Her blog: HikeBikeTravel is frequently cited as one of the top travel and outdoor adventure blogs in Canada.

Author of Discover Canada: 100 Inspiring Outdoor Adventures
Co-author of 125 Nature Hot Spots in Alberta

This Post Has 20 Comments
  1. Gosh, Leigh, this is stunning! The rich color, the striations just blew me away. I shared your post with my step-mom, who’s from Winnipeg and we had a long discussion about the beauty of Western Canada. I’ll be watching to see your post on the Kiwetinok Lake hike.

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