Lake O'Hara and Lake Oesa

Lake O'Hara and Lake Oesa near Banff, AB


This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars
9 kms
4hours
moderate
Hiking
Spring, Fall, Summer
Banff, AB
User bikeal
NTS Map: 082N08

Lake O'Hara circuit is a 2.8 km loop that hugs the lake. You'll cross several foot bridges and a waterfall. Lake Oesa is a 6.4 return climb from Lake O'Hara. Lake O'Hara is a beautiful lake that you must view for yourself. The trail up to Lake Oesa is a work of art by Lawrence Grassi. Stepping stones galore, and scenery to die for. You'll pass several lakes and a rock slide before reaching Lake Oesa. Once at Lake Oesa, you have the option of returning the same way or taking the Yukness Ledge Alpine Route back to Lake O'Hara. The trailhead for Lake Oesa starts 0.8 km into the left side of the Lake O'Hara trail.

In winter please check the Avaluator (Online Trip Planner) rating is: Simple. See more trip planner route details here.

Directions:

11 km west of Lake Louise. You must take a 11 km bus ride which you have to reserve. Call (250) 343-6433 for more info. Note - This trail is NOT in Alberta, No part of YOHO park is Alberta, it's in BC. This trail location was input incorrectly. Nearest city is Field, B.C. or Lake Louise, AB.

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By ChrisMarryPosted By: ChrisMarry  - Mon Aug 26 06:46:04 UTC 2013 This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars Upside One of the most beautiful lake I've ever seen, it's like a dream up there. The valley is great, Lake Oesa trail is another easy one with few little lakes all along the trail, great view of O'Hara, falls, glacier, etc. Downside The bus, not easy to get a ride up, you have to make a reservation asap if you don't want to walk 11 km to get there. We did walk it very fast in less than 2 hours, but it ruined a little bit plans we had for the day. Comment We walked the road up to the lake as we really wanted to see it and couldn't get a place up with the bus. It's too bad because we wanted to do 2-3 hikes up there, we finally decided to do the loop + Lake Oesa. Still, this was a wonderful day, we definitely are going to go back back there and scramble summits next time, it must be even better then!
By TrudiPosted By: Trudi  - Wed May 29 13:09:16 UTC 2013 Not Rated Question Hi everyone,

we are a family of 5 and would like to spend a few days in the lake o'hara area to do either day hikes or join a guide. We are not camping and would need accommodation. We will be there from about 2nd July until 12th July. do you have any ideas/suggestions/similar experiences?

Trudi

ANSWERS are in this forum:   hiking with a family
By barttlesPosted By: barttles  - Tue Nov 01 15:03:53 UTC 2011 This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars Upside Amazing trails and scenery
Limited number of people on the trails with haivng to be bused in
Downside No downsides Comment This is a MUST DO hike if you plan to be in or around Yoho.
I'm planning on returning to complete more circuits in the area.
By sdecariePosted By: sdecarie  - Wed Oct 17 00:25:52 UTC 2007 This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars Upside Lake O'hara great scenery Downside Access is difficult and requires a reservation Comment This Trail is NOT in Alberta, YOHO park is in British Columbia
By MichelPosted By: Michel  - Sun Aug 19 15:54:57 UTC 2007 This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars Upside You can also visit lake Oeasa by climbing the Wiwaxi Gap. You will then discover a totally new way to see both Lake O'Hara and Lake Oesa. I have added e few picture allowing to see the climb the Pass and the trail. Downside Just make sure that you have a buss reservation. Comment I have to the Rokies twice and both time I have a been to Lake O'Hara and it always one of my best hike. If it is hot it can be really difficult to climb the Gap but if the temperature is in the low 20ties the ride is just perfect.


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