Hike to Wapta Falls, Yoho National Park

2.4 miles 180 ft gain  - Out-and-Back Trail

Added by Jake Young

This short and easy hike features a massive waterfall, rainbows, and turquoise pools.

This short 1.2 mile hike leads you through a relatively level forest to a spot on the Kicking Horse River where the water crashes off a river-wide cliff, producing almost a guaranteed rainbow at the bottom. The trail starts at the Wapta Falls Trailhead, which is a short drive off the Trans Canadian Highway just south of Field.

After gaining roughly 45 feet through a heavily forested area, the trail drops about 180 feet to the falls. There is a small lookout point at the top of the falls, but the rainbow is only visible if you scramble down to the base of the falls. You can either go straight down from the vista point or backtrack a couple hundred feet to a trail that leads to the river's edge.

There is a large mound in front of the falls that has a trail topping its ridge line. This provides an awesome view of the entire falls if you are willing to get soaked by the spray.

Read More

Tags

Chillin
Photography
Running
Hiking
Bathrooms
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Forest
River
Romantic
Scenic
Waterfall
Wildlife
Swimming Hole

Reviews

Leave a Review

Overall rating: 

Explorer

šŸ„‡Top Contributor

over 3 years ago

Winter Thunder!

I made a sunset visit here in late winter and had the whole place to myself. The falls were simply stunning with ice hanging everywhere and blue water rushing through the gaps. Make sure you have traction to get the whole way down in the winter, the last drop to the falls can get really icy.

šŸ„‰Contributor

almost 4 years ago

Quick beautiful hike

This hike can be done in both the summer and winter and both are equally breathtaking. Be careful of the wet and mucky conditions spring through fall and don't be deterred by the extra 4k(ish) in the winter when the gate is closed. Just strap on a pair of snowshoes, its definitely worth it.

Explorer

šŸ„‡Top Contributor

over 4 years ago

Magnificent Journey

Just completed yesterday and it is certainly one of the most magnificent waterfalls I've ever seen. Just know, if the gate is closed to access the trailhead it will be an additional 4 mi hike round-trip. Be careful in wet conditions as the trail become very slick.

Nearby Adventures

  • Explore the Natural Bridge in Yoho NP

    Whether you are traveling north or south on the Trans-Canada Highway in Yoho National Park you will see a sign that directs you west to travel on Emerald Lake Road. When you turn west you will travel about one mile, or 1.6 km, and then you will se...

  • Backpack Burgess Pass to the Iceline to Takakkaw Falls

    This hike begins at a trailhead 1.5 km (0.9 mi) from Field, B.C., Canada. When heading west on the Trans Canada Highway towards Field, turn right 1.5 km before Field onto a small dirt road. Immediately turn left and continue driving straight for 5...

    42.3 miles

  • Scramble Little Odaray

    First things first: prior to August 15, there are only 4 groups of people allowed in this area per day, and after August 15, only 2 groups are allowed in. Start early!Starting at Lake O'Hara, head towards the Elizabeth Parker ACC Hut. Continue pas...

    6.2 miles 3116.8 ft gain

  • Hike the Yuckness Ledges in Yoho National Park

    TheĀ Lake Oā€™Hara Alpine Circuit is short loop - but it's not for the faint-hearted. We walked Yuckness Ledges, which is a trail under a large cliff with incredible views over Lake O'Hara and the rest of Yoho National Park.Ā The trail starts from the...

    5.5 miles 0 ft gain