Takakkaw Falls Yoho National Park British Columbia

When I stayed in Golden British Columbia for ten days, I enjoyed some day trips to nearby hiking trails and gorgeous scenic drives. While I wouldn’t call the short walk to Takakkaw Falls a hike, it is a gorgeous stroll from the parking area, across the Yoho River, to the thundering waterfall.

The trip to Takakkaw Falls from Golden takes about one hour but you should also stop at the Meeting of the Waters on your way to Takakkaw Falls.

You can walk right up to the waterfall – and get covered in the mist of the falls. Takakkaw is an amazing waterfall.

 

 

The panoramic views of the mountains and Yoho River are mesmerizing. Yoho is a spectacular display of nature’s best.

 

View from Takakkaw Falls Yoho

The view from Takakkaw Falls Yoho National Park

 

Forests. Mountains. Rivers. Waterfalls. Wildlife.

 

Yoho National Park British Columbia Canada

Stunning views all around Yoho National Park in British Columbia

 

Bridge over Yoho River at Takakkaw Falls BC

On the way to Takakkaw Falls you’ll walk this bridge across the Yoho River

 

Takakkaw Falls Info

  • 384 m (1,260 ft) total with a section that is 254 m (830 ft) drop
  • Horseshoe waterfall
  • 17 km northeast of Field British Columbia
  • 39 km northwest of Lake Louise Alberta
  • 74 km northeast of Golden British Columbia

 

Takakkaw Falls trail signage with the waterfall in the background

Looking at Takakkaw Falls – take a right on the pathway to get to the waterfall

 

Note that you cannot drive a large trailer because there are 2 very tight switchbacks on the road to Takakkaw Falls. Small cars or bicycles can access the road from mid-June through October 9th then the road is closed due to avalanche risk.

 

Takakkaw Falls is a horseshoe waterfall - in total 384 m (1,260 ft)

Takakkaw Falls is a horseshoe waterfall – in total 384 m (1,260 ft)

 

You can visit Takakkaw Falls in winter BUT you must have avalanche training, skills and equipment including beacon, probe, and shovel.

 

Beautiful mountain views on a BC road trip Yoho National Park Canada

A beautiful BC road trip in Yoho National Park offers stunning panoramic views of the Rocky Mountains

 

Getting to Takakkaw Falls

From Field – Take the Trans-Canada Hwy 1 East for 3.5 km then turn left onto Yoho Valley Road and follow it for 13.5 km to the parking lot for Takakkaw Falls. Total driving time is around 30 minutes.

From Golden – Take the Trans-Canada Hwy 1 East for 58 km then turn left onto Yoho Valley Road and follow it for 13.5 km to the parking lot for Takakkaw Falls. Total driving time is around 1 hour.

From Banff – Take the Trans-Canada Hwy 1 West for 77 km then turn right onto Yoho Valley Road and follow it 13.5 km to the Takakkaw Falls parking lot. Total driving time is around 1 hour 15 minutes

 

A small bridge and a mountain view in Yoho National Park

Driving on the winding Yoho Valley Road you see spectacular scenery

 

Hiking in Yoho National Park BC Canada

Stopping near the bridge on Yoho Valley Rd you can hike by the river

 

The Yoho Valley Road is a twisty roadway with two extreme switchbacks to navigate. In my tiny Toyota Yaris, it was easy but larger vehicles will need to take it slow.

 

Takakkaw Falls and mountain peak signage

Signs point to mountains in Yoho – Takakkaw Falls on the right

 

View of Takakkaw Falls from the trail

Magnificent view of Takakkaw Falls from the trail

 

Takakkaw Falls hike info

  • Distance: 1.4 km (.9 miles)
  • Type of hike: Out and back
  • Difficulty: Easy – suitable for all ages
  • Dogs allowed at Takakkaw Falls? Yes, but dogs must always be on leash

 

Paved walkway to Takakkaw Falls Yoho

A paved walkway through the forest leads to Takakkaw Falls

 

Perfect picnic spot Yoho National Park

You’ll find the perfect picnic spot with a view of Takakkaw Falls along the Yoho River

 

At the start of the trail to Takakkaw Falls there is a small cabin – it’s the Takakkaw Falls Warden residence.

 

Takakkaw Falls Warden residence Yoho NP

Takakkaw Falls Warden residence Yoho National Park

 

A list of hiking trails in the Yoho Valley is posted near the start of the trail. On a previous road trip I stayed at Emerald Lake Lodge and hiked around Emerald Lake – highly recommended!

 

List of hiking trails in the Yoho Valley in British Columbia

List of hiking trails in the Yoho Valley in British Columbia

 

Meeting of the Waters

Meeting of the Waters is the confluence of the Yoho and Kicking Horse Rivers.

 

Sign at the Meeting of the Waters - the confluence of the Yoho and Kicking Horse rivers

Sign at the Meeting of the Waters – the confluence of the Yoho and Kicking Horse rivers

 

There is a small parking lot and a picnic table at Meeting of the Waters – watch for it on the right-hand side of Yoho Valley Road on the way to Takakkaw Falls.

 

Forest in Yoho National Park Canada

A quick hike through the forest leads to Meeting of the Waters

 

A short hike down to the water reveals the two rivers – though you’ll hear them from the parking area.

 

Boulders in Yoho National Park BC

At Meeting of the Waters in Yoho there are some huge boulders near the water

 

The forest walk is through a carpet of moss and along some huge boulders near the water. This place is gorgeous, but it made me nervous. Because I couldn’t hear anything except for the thundering river flow I felt a bit uneasy. Traveling solo I sometimes get a bit anxious about bears when I’m out hiking.

 

Yoho National Park where Yoho and Kicking Horse rivers meet

Meeting of the Waters is where the Yoho River and Kicking Horse River meet

 

I am glad that I stopped at Meeting of the Waters on the way to Takakkaw Falls though. Otherwise I would have missed out on the spectacular view and a lovely walk through the forest.

When you get to Yoho park stop by the Yoho National Park Visitor Centre in the village of Field British Columbia. They have maps and brochures for things to do around Field and Golden BC.

The Visitor Centre is also a great place to get advice on which trails to hike in Yoho National Park. Tell the staff what type of hiking you like to do – easy to difficult – and how many hours you want to hike, and they’ll suggest the best trails for you.

If you’re looking for a longer hike with a beautiful waterfall you need to check out Wapta Falls – my favorite waterfall hike!

Click here for a map of Yoho National Park from Parks Canada.

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Susan Moore spent 7 months traveling around Southeast Asia back in the 90's. Returning to Canada she found a job working on rotation in Siberia Russia. She later moved to Austin Texas where she started a bookkeeping business, allowing her to work remotely. Currently Susan is in year 4 of living a nomadic life, roadtripping around the USA and Canada and writing about her experiences with a focus on hiking and cultural encounters. Read all about Susan » You can reach Susan Moore at Facebook or Twitter or Instagram

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