Day 3 Twin Falls CG to Twin Falls to Takakkaw Falls Parking Lot, 14.7 km, 650 m Elevation Gain, 760 m Elevation Loss, 5 hrs 20 min.
For my standards I slept in. I did not have the coffee on until 7:00 am. The water from the Yoho River is quite silty with the runoff from the glaciers. If you actually read the signs at the campground the water source is a small stream on the east side with nice clear water. Took some photos of my by the Yoho River using the timer on my camera and propping it on a rock. Then another camper who had risen early offered to take some photos which looked better since they were not taken from the ground. Chatted for the while with the other camper. He was intending on going up the Whaleback then hiking up to the peak, along the ridge and scrambling Isolation Peak before dropping back down to the trail along the Little Yoho River. The route he talked about is clearly marked on my Viewranger App and could make for a fun day especially if you could snag a campsite at Little Yoho CG.
I started breakfast at around 8 am. We had many options for the day. We could head straight back to the car, go to Twin Falls then back to the car, go to the top of Twin Falls then back to the car or traverse the Whaleback. We decided to take snacks and water in a day pack (the top lid of my Osprey Aether converts to a day pack) and go to the top of Twin Falls then backtrack to the campground have lunch and pick up the rest of our gear for the walk back to the car. After breakfast we packed up our sleeping gear into our backpacks and stowed them in the tent and hung up our food. We hit the trail at 9:10 am.
It is less than 1.5 km to Twin Falls. We arrived at the viewpoint for the falls at 9:30 am. After a nice little warm up this is when we confirmed that we wanted to hike to the top of the falls. The hike would be 2.5 km with 240 m of elevation gain and a quick 80 m drop at the end. To climb the steep cliff that forms the drop for Twin Falls the trail traverses northward away from the walls and utillized several switchbacks to keep the gradient from becoming overly steep.
It took us 55 minutes to make our way to the cliff at the top of Twin Falls. There is a very spacious and wide area at the top of the falls making an excellent nature viewing platform.
We went back to the open area at the cliff a little ways from the falls to enjoy the view and have our snacks. We spent 35 minutes relaxing at the cliff taking in the view of the Yoho Valley.
We headed back at 11:00 am. It was a speedy hike back to the campground. We met our first people of the day on way down the cliff. They had full backpacks on and had started from parking lot at Takakkaw Falls and were heading over the Whaleback to camp at Little Yoho CG. Twin Falls CG was fairly quiet when we arrived back.We grabbed our food from the bear hang and we were eating our lunches by 12:15 pm.
Shortly after arriving a large group of young people arrived and began looking for available campsites. We had not taken our tent down yet as we had stored our backpacks inside while we had been hiking. It did not take long to tear down the tent and pack it away. We were all good to go by 12:45pm. We had barely left the campsite when someone had thrown a tent down in our spot. The hike back to the car was fairly rapid. We did stop in at Laughing Falls CG. I wanted to show Siobhan just how small the campsite area was. I had boasted that you could walk around it in 30 seconds. We did walk around it and Siobhan informed that it took a bit over a minute. We also took a quick side trip to see Angel Staircase Falls. Being late in the summer there was very little water flowing down the staircase. We arrived back at the car at 2:20 pm.
We arrived back a the car at 2:20 pm. We had a marvelous three days on the trail. Yoho NP is a real jewel of the national parks. Even after now a total of 5 days in the park I can already see how I could find several more days on the trails exploring the park. We finished our day at our favourite restaurant and patio, the Santraps Restaurant at the Canmore Golf Course. Ordering a fine, tall cold beer and hot juicy burger. A great way to end a great trip.