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How difficult (and long) is the walking at Lake O'Hara?

How difficult (and long) is the walking at Lake O'Hara?

Old Apr 13th, 2011, 01:18 PM
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How difficult (and long) is the walking at Lake O'Hara?

We are in our late sixties and in pretty good health, but not immensely fit. How is the walking at Lake O'Hara? If you don't own hiking boots, are there alot of rocks on the paths on which one could easily turn an ankle? How long is the hike to the Lake and back to the bus? I'm wondering if it is something we should try for (to get the reservations) or not bother. Any help you could give me would be appreciated very much.
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Old Apr 13th, 2011, 03:16 PM
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It is beautiful.

I would suggest taking the bus up, hiking around the lake and maybe booking a lunch or tea.



I know cmcfong will be on here shortly to back me up. It is a favourite spot of hers.
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Old Apr 14th, 2011, 11:42 AM
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Hope cmcfong will see this and answer my questions about difficulty and length.

Thanks, irecommend, for the suggestions.
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Old Apr 14th, 2011, 01:55 PM
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This page, on the Yoho National Park website, has a topographical map, as well as trail descriptions:
http://www.pc.gc.ca/pn-np/bc/yoho/activ/ohara.aspx
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Hello. Sorry to be slow to post, I have been away. Irecommend gave me a heads up. I love this area and would find a trip there worth my time even if I didn't do anything but have lunch or tea at the lodge.

The only trail I would consider without hiking boots would be the lake circuit. It is relatively level and will take about an hour.
From your description of your fitness level I would think you could do:
Linda Lake Circuit and Morning Glory Lakes

Duchesnay Basin Trail

the link which krp provided gives excellent trail descriptions. Keep in mind you always have the option to walk as long as you feel comfortable and then just turn back.

I am in my mid sixties and have hiked this region for many years, but always with good hiking boots and rain gear. The weather can change dramatically very quickly and footing may become a challenge irrespective of which trail you are on. I would encourage you to look at Lands End which offers very reasonably priced and wellmade hiking boots, just for your peace of mind.

I hope nothing I have said will discourage you from visiting this remarkable preserve. It is truly Heaven on earth.
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Old Apr 15th, 2011, 11:57 AM
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PS the bus stop at the hut or at the lodge will let you off about twenty five yards from the shore line.
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Old Apr 15th, 2011, 01:01 PM
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Thanks for the information. Is Lake O'Hara immensely more beautiful than Lake Louise, Maligne Lake, and the other lakes in Jasper and Banff National Parks? Just wondering.
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Old Apr 15th, 2011, 03:29 PM
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No. The lakes are all spectacular. It is the setting, free of tour buses, crowds, development which makes it so unique. It is the most serene, wildest place one can easily access in Yoho National Park. A twenty minute bus ride into the wilderness. Unforgettable.
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