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Niles Scramble, Yoho Park

Niles Scramble, Yoho Park

Niles Scramble, Yoho Park

Page Type: Route

Location: British Columbia, Canada, North America

Object Title: Niles Scramble, Yoho Park

Route Type: Scrambling

Season: Summer, Fall

Time Required: Most of a day

Rock Difficulty: Class 3

Grade: I

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Page By: Bill Kerr

Created/Edited: Oct 1, 2009 / Oct 15, 2009

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Park at the Wapta Lake picnic area which is on the North side of the TransCanada highway about .2 km west of the West Louise Lodge. The turn off is about 5 km west of the BC and Alberta border(also Yoho and Banff Park borders). This is the summer trailhead for the Sherbrooke Lake trail and also the Paget Lookout trail.

Take the signed Sherbrooke Lake hiking trail past the lake and up through the forest slopes to Niles Meadows passing several waterfalls on the way.

Mount Niles and Sherbrooke Lake.
Mount Niles reflected in Sherbrooke Lake

Route Description

Trip is about 24 km (15 miles) with about 1350 m(4430 ft) of elevation gain and took us about 9 hrs RT.

The trail past the lake and up to Niles meadow is very good. Once at the meadows there is a trail up the right (East) side of the valley which can be used to get to the base of Niles but it is better/faster to take the drainage straight ahead.

Niles Meadows
Niles Meadows - Yoho Park

There is a cairned trail through the boulder field but it may be easier to bypass most of boulder field on the west and circle around to left (NW) of lowest pinnacle and then right of big pinnacle. Reasonable up trail from there. Mostly hiking as only took my hands off the poles once on the upper ridge.
SW slopes on Mount Niles
SW slopes on Niles

Descend the same way.

Essential Gear

The usual scrambling gear plus bear spray. Ice axe may be useful early in season.
Camera as the views of the icefield are spectacular


Mount Balfour from NilesMount Niles reflected in Sherbrooke LakeWest slopes of NilesNiles from Sherbrooke Lake, YohoWapta Icefield from NilesSW slopes on NilesNorth Face of Victoria & Huber - Banff
Niles Meadows - Yoho ParkSW shoulder on NilesCarnarvon, President and VPNorth Victoria from NilesHuber from NilesLooking Back at Niles MeadowsPtarmigans - Niles - Yoho
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