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Emerald Lake Hike - Yoho National Park, Canada

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Emerald Lake Hike - Yoho National Park, Canada

Brook Maier

We started the morning off early by arriving at Emerald Lake parking lot around 7:45am to beat the crowds and enjoy the stillness and quiet of Emerald Lake. It was a frosty 25 degrees out with fog moving slowly from one end of the lake to the other, as the sun started to peak over the mountain tops. Emerald Lake has many options for hiking trails, whether you are looking for an easy hike around the lake, moderate or difficult  day hikes, or even multi-day hikes. We decided to make the trek to Emerald Basin, which took us roughly 4 hours (with a long hour stop at the destination) and was about 6 miles round trip with a pretty steep incline at some parts of the trail. This is a beautiful hike that takes you a beautiful natural amphitheater with two glacial fed waterfalls running down the mountain wall. If you have bad knees or ankles, you may want consider trekking poles if you want to walk across the boulderfield to the basin. Remember sunscreen! 

Emerald Lake in Yoho National Park, British Columbia, Canada at 8am in October.

Emerald Lake sunrise....watching how the sun...

...brings everything to life.

...brings everything to life.

Taking a moment to enjoy the blanket of green that surrounds us.

Out of the woods and nearing the boulderfield that leads to the basin.

Walking through the easier part of the boulderfield, almost to the basin.

Sitting below the mountain wall in Emerald Basin, between both waterfalls, looking out over the basin towards Emerald Lake. 

We decided to take the trail around the rest of the lake back to the parking lot. This picture was taken about 2pm with the sun positioned perfectly in the sky to illuminate the blue waters.