Takakkaw Falls

Takakkaw Falls in Yoho National Park, September 2012

On our September trip to the Rocky Mountains, we travelled from Banff National Park west to Yoho National Park in British Columbia along the border with Alberta.  There we spent our first afternoon at Takakkaw Falls and a nearby trail.  The day was cool and cloudy as we drove up the winding road to the falls.  I loved the views on this road in the midst of steeply rising mountains.  The driving, however, was sometimes hair raising with an extreme switchback where we stopped and watched an RV passenger in front of us out on the road, directing the driver as he or she backed up toward the edge of a cliff before being able to make the turn.  It’s not surprising that this road is open only from late June to early October.  I have no idea how the tour buses made it up there.

Raven on Car at Takakkaw Falls Parking Lot, Sept. 2012

Takakkaw Falls, Sept. 2012

At the falls, although there were many of us tourists, it was easy to take in the beauty.  In addition to the dramatic waterfall which cascades around 380 metres, we saw nearby mountains partially concealed in moving clouds.

Mountain with clouds seen from Takakkaw Falls, Sept. 2012

Soon we set off for a walk on a trail heading towards Laughing Falls.  It was getting late in the day and so we hiked out and back for an hour or so and didn’t set a goal of getting to the falls.  This was an easy, level walk, very quiet, past now empty camp sites by Yoho River and woods.

Woods near Takakkaw Falls on Laughing Falls Trail, Sept. 2012

On returning I enjoyed seeing Takakkaw Falls come into view from afar.  Here I had a long view of the mountains and could see first a touch of spray, then gradually more and more of the cascading water as we walked further along.

Takakkaw Falls seen in the Distance from Laughing Falls trail, Sept. 2012

Takakkaw Falls, Sept. 2012

Takakkaw Falls seen while returning on hiking trail, Sept. 2012

We had a most enjoyable afternoon in this rugged landscape.  Returning in the clear cool moist air, the woods, river and rock held us, opening onto distant deep blue mountains in white cloud, rock walls of burnt orange and blue, deep green narrow triangles of gathered conifers and cascading water.

Mountain in Clouds seen near Takakkaw Falls, Yoho National Park, Sept. 2012

Mountains, clouds, and river seen near Takakkaw Falls in Sept. 2012

Mountains in Clouds seen near Takakkaw Falls, Sept. 2012

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