July 24, 2022, Little Yoho CG to Takakkaw Falls Backcountry Parking Lot, 9.6 km, 68 m elevation gain, 620 m elevation loss, 3 hrs 40 minutes.
This was a short and easy day with the majority of the trail being downhill paralleling the Little Yoho River or flat along the banks of the Yoho River. A perfect way to finish up an amazing three day trip. I was up and out of the tent before 6:30 am and we had our food all laid out and the water on boil by 6:40 am. Oh and we fed Margaux first.
The campground was very quiet and peaceful so we spent a few minutes wandering around by the river before heading back to the tent to pack. We were all packed up and ready to go by 7:50 am.
On the way out of the campsite we passed by a small side stream and notice an odd reflection coming from the water. Upon closer examination we believe it was eggs of the frogs who inhabit the area.
Once back at Stanley Mitchell Hut the trail dives into the forest for the long downhill walk to Laughing Falls. Being quite early in the morning we only saw a couple of trail runners. Later in the day this trail will be very busy with day hikers attempting to hike the Iceline in one day and backpackers heading up to camp at Little Yoho Campground. It took us about 2 hours to hike the 5.5 km to Laughing Falls Campground.
We took a break at a little beach area at Laughing Falls Campground. Laughing Falls Campground is only 4 km from the parking lot making it a popular backcountry campground for families with young children. The campground was buzzing with activity while we were there as families were enjoying the gorgeous morning. After refueling with a few snacks we went and checked out Laughing Falls before resuming our hike back to the car. Like most dogs Margaux is not fond of the loud noises produced by the water as it tumbles over a waterfall making our visit to Laughing Falls somewhat brief.
The 4 km back to the car is on well traveled trail. Now that it was a little later in the morning we started to pass by more and more hikers. We did have a couple of dog encounters so we would pull off the trail and get Margaux’s attention with treats and had no issues. Such a good doggie.
We quickly finished the hike and arrived back a the car 11:25 am. The end of a super fun adventure. Margaux hopped into the backseat to wait while the humans packed up for the drive home.