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The President Range Hiking Trails In Yoho National Park

The President Range Hiking Trails in Yoho National Park

Hiking in BC and looking for mountain splendour? Try the President Range hiking trails in Yoho National Park. Our plan last weekend went like this – backpack to Stanley Mitchell Hut via the Yoho Valley Trail and spend the night. The next 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

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"

Dwarfed by the mountains and glaciers

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 the President Range.

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

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

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

"Skipping rocks on a glacier fed lake"

Skipping rocks on a glacier fed lake

The President Range Hiking Trails in Yoho National Park

Wildly folded rocks make for an interesting landscape

Further reading on hikes in Yoho National Park

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President Range hiking trails in Yoho National Park
 
 

 

Leigh McAdam is a Calgary based writer, author, photographer and social media enthusiast with over 57,000 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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