A Hike to Wapta Falls in Yoho National Park BC is one of my new favourite destinations to visit in the park. This trail has a high reward to effort score. Meaning, that it is only a short and easy hike (2.3km) to reach one of the most magnificent waterfalls in Yoho. Now, Yoho National Park has a lot of great waterfalls, but Wapta Waterfall has upstaged the rest to become my favourite. In fact, Wapta Falls is one a must-see attraction in the Canadian Rocky Mountains.
Distance: The Hike to Wapta Falls is 2.3km out or a 4.6km round trip
Duration: Plan for 1.5 - 2 hours
Amenities: picnic tables & pit toilets in the parking area
When to hike: The trail is open year-round
Family Friendly: Yes
Dogs: Are permitted and must be on leash
It is an easy hike to Wapta Falls through a lush mountain forest. The trail is wide and has very little elevation gain. There are often some muddy sections and some roots to watch out for on the trail. Hikers will reach the top of the falls in just under 2km. There are view nice spots to view the falls nearby. Some people will choose to stop here. After this point the trail descends about 60 meters to the base of the falls. This part of the trail is a little bit more challenging, however with good shoes most people should be fine. The reward at the base is worth the effort to get here.
Wapta Falls is the largest waterfall on the Kicking Horse River
Height: 30m according to Parks Canada
Volume of water: 96 cubic meters per second
Type of waterfall: Block
Wapta Falls is a powerful block waterfall that creates a thunderous roar as the water pours over the ledge. It it is the largest, by volume, waterfall on the Kicking Horse River. At 107 meters, Wapta Falls is also the widest. These falls remind me of Niagara Falls in Ontario. Moreover, with the Canadian Rocky Mountains as a backdrop, Wapta Falls is an impressive site to see.
With the powerful force and volume of water plummeting over the edge, Wapta Falls creates quite a bit of mist at its base. If you are willing to brave the chill and getting soaked to your core, then the most amazing site awaits at the top of the rocky mound at the base of the falls. Your reward for your daring to the Hike to Wapta Falls Mound at the rainbows that are visible from the ridgeline.
Since Wapta Falls is in Yoho National Park, a Parks Canada Pass is required to visit. If you are going to hike all the way to the base of the falls be prepared to get soaked. You will probably want to take pictures here because it is amazing. So some sort of waterproof case for your phone or camera is a wise decision. It is a good idea to bring a rain jacket or to have dry clothes to change into when you get back to your vehicle too. The trail to the base of the falls is a little bit steep and can be tricky so proper footwear that you don't mind getting wet and muddy is also recommended. A pair of hiking poles to help with balance might be nice for this part as well.
Event though we were completely soaked by the end of our adventure our Hike to Wapta Falls was fun. I am happy that we took the time to stop and explore Wapta Falls. This is one adventure I will happily do again. The trail is open year-round, so perhaps a winter visit is in store.
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You have no idea how much we like waterfalling. We did not see this one, but we did enjoy many on our tour of the country. This one reminds me of Alexandra Falls in NWT.
That is an amazing waterfall. The rainbow visible from the hike down is great. Too bad you had to get soaked to see it. Love how you insert maps into your blog.
Thanks Diana. It is one of my new favourite waterfalls. Getting soaked was a little chilly but added to the experience.