Every year one of my oldest friends and I try to get away for a week in the wilderness. This year was originally planned for the Red River Gorge in Kentucky, then changed to the Manistee River Trail in Michigan. Ultimately, the 48 hours preceding the trip took a drastic turn and put me in the Canadian Rockies. Thank God. We were extremely short on time, but the three days there convinced me this is one of the most beautiful places on earth. We took a quick hike around Moraine Lake on our way up to Takakkaw Falls and the Iceline Trail, spending two nights in Yoho National Park.
I hope you enjoy the pictures, and I encourage anyone to visit this part of the world. I took over 600 pictures of the Canadian Rockies alone, so more photos should follow. The photos don't convey what I actually remember witnessing with my own eyes--the light is very difficult to capture.
Morning Alpenglow on the drive through Banff National Park
Turqoise waters on Moraine Lake
Canoe on Moraine Lake
Campsite at Laughing Falls. WBBB with Crowsnest and HH Hyperlite with Supershelter
Lake near the Iceline Trail crest, about 7300'
An Inukshuk on the Iceline Trail.
Sunset on Yoho River at the Laughing Falls campsite
Campsite at Takakkwa Falls; WBBB under HH Silnylon Hex
Aspens in Jasper National Park
More Aspens in Jasper
Horse across from Dawson Creek Airport
Last time I was there was in the summer of '79
Spent my time at lake O'Hara
It is some kinda Beautiful . . . and I hope to take my daughters there soon.
Beautiful photos Trooper. Thanks for sharing your trip.
Wow, beautiful photos. Looks like a great trip.
Thanks for viewing! This is the trip by which I will measure all others from now on.
Stunning ..... those falls in the distance!
Wow .... that will stick with you awhile!!!!!!
Thank you for the beautiul photos of your trip. I can see why this trip is your benchmark.
Trooper; glad things worked out for your trip to the Rockies. You took some great pics. The mildish weather continues . Thanks for the report. The Banff ,Yoho, Jasper,Kootenay Park areas get millions of people a year visiting and for good reason, it is stunning. I'm suppose to go to Calgary soon and was just checking out Takakwa a couple of days ago as an overnight.
The road to Takakkwa was supposed to be closed on October 1st, but because of the remarkable weather, it closes tomorrow. This makes the walk to the campsite several miles rather than 300 meters from the parking lot. If they keep the road open though, you can easily get to Laughing Falls and Duchesnay Lake, which are only about 4.5 kilometers out.
Originally Posted by mbiraman
Even though the campsite is 300m from the parking lot, the park service has done a spectacular job of painting garbage dumpsters olive green and painting the structures a dark color so that everything blends in with the environment. The Warden had never heard of using a hammock to camp, and didn't worry too much after I explained the straps. Twin Falls campsite had a perfect spot for a dual hammock setup, but the overall feeling of the area was lacking. Trees are the minimal diameter in most of the campsites, but certainly viable.
I did get a copy of Don't Waste Your Time in the Canadian Rockies, and it will come in handy for next year.
Community Cabin at Takakkwa Falls with wood-burning stove
Takakkwa Falls from Whiskey Jack Hostel
Takakkwa Falls from Iceline Trail
Some of the wildlife near the Takakkwa Falls campsite
Stunning pic's! Thanks for sharing!!!!