Yoho Lake was the site of the original Alpine Club of Canada camp in 1906.
Early alpinists climbed Mt Wapta (south) and Michaels Peak (north).
Returning from our Twin Falls hike, we resupplied at the vehicles parked at the Takakkaw Falls trailhead.
Then started with great views over to Takakkaw , the second highest Falls in Canada.
One of our group forgot his sunglasses at the lookout.
ET and I asked some hikers going the other direction to see if they could find them. And it worked! We found them on ET’s vehicle 2 days later.
We climbed steadily up to the lake on a route that many switchbacks.
More wildflowers here than on the Twin Falls side.
You catch a glimpse en route of Hidden Lake.
Here’s a first look at Yoho lake.
Yoho lake is deep emerald green, more so than Emerald lake.
You’d have to be CRAZY to swim.
Warren set up a cook tarp to protect from sun and rain.
It’s a peaceful campground.
Next morning we had one deer hang around the tents. I assume he was salt deprived, looking for urine.
We took a day hike to look down on to Emerald lake.
There are some impressive waterfalls en route.
Warren and I decided to extend the walk and circumambulate Emerald lake. (Actually, we had originally planned to return via Burgess Pass trail — but it seemed to be unsigned and closed in 2020.). So we walked around Emerald lake and back the way we came.
The only difficult section was about a half hour of flooded alluvial plain.
Once back in camp we found our group had decided to hike out a day early. Forecast was for big storm.
Rather than camp at the Takakkaw Falls campground, we instead drove to Banff and enjoyed a dry night at the Hidden Ridge resort.
Marc Witkes posting to Inside Outside Magazine on the best trail out of Albuquerque:
And of the many ways to enjoy the Sandias, my favorite is running or hiking up the La Luz trail and taking the Sandia Peak Tramway down.
… The trail begins at 6,559 feet elevation, skirts a residential area for two miles, climbs 800 feet, turns east and descends to the junction of La Luz trail. A “5 mile” sign marks the beginning of a series of 19 switchbacks, many of which are cut through rocky sections made up of layers of shale and limestone. At the Y near the top of the trail, turn right and proceed to the top terminal and High Finance Restaurant (10,378 feet elevation).
While moving up La Luz Trail, you’ll notice dramatically different weather patterns and topographical features. There are four different climatic zones in the Sandias. The Upper Sonoran Zone lies at approximately 5,000 to 7,000 feet elevation, the Transition Zone at 7,000 to 8,000 feet, the Canadian Zone at 8,000 to 10,000 feet and Hudsonian Zone above 10,000 feet. In layman terms, you’ll start in the desert, travel through a wet area and finish in a spectacular alpine setting. Because of these transitional zones, taking off and putting on your jacket, gloves and hat is a common occurrence.
None of this matters that much as you struggle with a shortness of breath while climbing trail sections with a 12-percent grade, but try to pay attention. Juniper, pinion, Gambel and Gray oak, aspen, Douglas and corkback fir, Englemann spruce and limber pine, all quake along the trail. Wildflowers also rage from May to August.
La Luz trail is open year round with the best time to visit in the spring and fall. In summer, temperatures are hot. In winter, youâ€™ll need snowshoes and hiking poles.
The 38-mile Resurrection Pass Trail through the Kenai Mountains is by far the most popular multi-day backcountry route in Southcentral Alaska. Ideal for backpackers and mountain bikers—and a great destination for skiers and snowshoers during snow season—the trail links historic gold mining areas near Hope with a trailhead near Cooper Landing close to the Kenai River.
It is a true classic, drawing hundreds of visitors over the entire year. Many Alaskans return annually—often taking at least five days to traverse the route. …
You have two options for accommodations on multi-day trips: rent cabins or carry a tent. …
If you want to hike from one end to the other, you need to set up a shuttle or book a trip on a local trail taxi. …
The Kenai Mountains feature prime brown bear habitat, and the forests abound with black bears. So take all the usual precautions—including storing food in bear lockers or portable vaults, keeping a clean camp and carrying bear spray for deterrence. Make noise and pay attention. Hikers regularly report encounters with or catch sight of both species. Having said that, the trail gets regular human traffic and does not have a reputation for unusual bear problems.
Mid-June through early September is the window.
Kraig Adams expanded on the standard route. And put together a video which reveals the massive landscape very well.