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Summer 2024 Backpacking Guide to Lake O’Hara In The Canadian Rockies

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Lake O’Hara is an elusive spot that every Canadian has heard of, but only a few lucky ones were able to see it.

Getting a spot to visit Lake O’Hara is like trying to book a ticket for the Glastonbury festival. Unless you are sneaky, well-prepared, and internet savvy, then move on and pick another backpacking experience in the Rockies.

This guide has hints and tips on the best way to make reservations, the types of accommodation available at Lake O’Hara, and useful information on the many hiking trails and photography spots in the area.

Hopefully, thanks to this guide you can be one of those lucky ones, who like me, get to witness the beauty of Lake O’Hara region with their own eyes.

Where is Lake O’Hara?

Backpacking Guide To Lake O'Hara in Yoho National Park in Canada

Lake O’Hara is the hidden gem of Yoho National Park, one of the top National Parks in Western Canada. Together with the adjacent Banff National Park, they belong to the Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Yoho National Park lies in the Canadian Province of British Columbia, just on the border with Alberta, and was established in 1886, making it the second oldest National Park in Canada.

Why is the Lake O’Hara area so special?

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Have you seen pictures of this place?

The trip to Lake O’Hara is the most sought-after backcountry outing in all of Western Canada. Why you may ask? I think it’s a matter of easy accessibility. 

Lake O’Hara is the only backcountry experience in the Canadian Rockies, that I know of, where it’s possible to go by cheap motorized transport.

In other backcountry campsites like Mount Assiniboine or the Berg Lake Trail, there is a shuttle in the form of an expensive helicopter flight, but unless you have a few hundred dollars to spare, you are destined to hike with your heavy gear.

Compare this with a 24$ shuttle bus ride to Lake O’Hara campground and you start to understand why it is so popular. The other, fairly obvious reason is the stunning views and plethora of epic hiking trails.

Combine the above two reasons with the cheap and well-maintained campsite accommodation and you’ve got a world-class backpacking experience at very little effort and cost!

When to visit Lake O’Hara?

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The official camping season at Lake O’Hara runs from the third week of June until the start of October each year, however many of the high Alpine routes, like the famous Lake O’Hara Alpine Circuit are still snowbound in June with avalanche hazards.

If you want to take advantage of all hiking trails in the Lake O’Hara area, it’s best to plan your visit between the second week of July and the end of September.

What’s the best way to see Lake O’Hara?

1. On a day trip

During summer 2024, the daily bus shuttle service operates between June 21 and October 5. Due to the extreme popularity of Lake O’Hara paired with capped visitor numbers, nowadays there is a random draw reservation system in place.

It assigns bus reservations to those who entered an application within specific times. I will get to the details later.

2. On an overnight camping trip

If you have time, I highly recommend camping at Lake O’Hara. You can book a tent pad for a maximum of 3 nights. Read on to learn all about camping in Lake O’Hara.

3. Staying at the Elizabeth Parker Hut

One of the most accessible and at the same most popular backcountry huts in Canada, the Elizabeth Parker Hut is operated by the Alpine Club of Canada.

4. Staying at the Lake O’Hara Lodge

By far the most luxurious option but also the most expensive. Lake O’Hara backcountry lodge consists of rooms and lakeshore cabins. The true definition of a mountain retreat.

Getting to Lake O’Hara

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There are two choices when contemplating visiting Lake O’Hara in the summer: hiking in or taking the bus. Choosing the latter is an obvious pick for me.

The 22km round trip hike to the base of Lake O’Hara isn’t particularly strenuous but walking along the old fire road through the forest isn’t exciting either.

Taking the bus

“Welcome to the most exclusive and hard to get to bus ride in British Columbia”. That’s what the Parks Canada officer told us when we finally settled in our seats. He wasn’t joking!

Due to overwhelming interest, in previous years when the reservations for the bus opened, the phone lines were flooded for days. Unless you called persistently for a few hours straight you wouldn’t get through.

The bus leaves near the Lake O’Hara parking lot, where you can leave your car for the day or overnight depending on your reservation.

How to make a bus reservation for a day visit to Lake O’Hara

In 2024, reservations for the Lake O’Hara day-use shuttle will once again be available by way of a random draw.

You can submit an application for the random draw between March 11th and March 31st here.

Hiking to Lake O’Hara

To walk to Lake O’Hara you do not need a reservation. The trailhead lies 100m away from the Trans Canada Highway in between the towns of Lake Louise and Field.

The 11-kilometer slightly uphill hike is generally uneventful with the occasional glimpse of beautiful peaks as you wind through the trees. A quick walker can get to Lake O’Hara in 2 hours from the car park.

I have done it in the winter when the shuttle wasn’t operating. Taking the bus makes a lot more sense. You want to preserve your energy to be able to complete at least one of the many day hikes in the Lake O’Hara region. 

Accommodation options at Lake O’Hara

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Camping

The campsite at Lake O’Hara requires a reservation and you guessed it. The booking is hard to get. The campsite has 30 individual sites, running potable water, cooking shelters, daily cleaned toilets, individual bear lockers, and evening activities. It’s honestly the best backcountry campground I’ve ever been to.

How to book the campground at Lake O’Hara for the summer season of 2024

Reservations for the summer 2024 season at Lake O’Hara will launch on Thursday, January 25 at 8 AM Mountain Time

  1. Go To the Parks Canada Reservation Website
  2. Choose Backcountry Tab
  3. Click the Backcountry Zone
  4. Select Yoho Park
  5. Type In your arrival date, Party Size, Tent Pads
  6. Select Access point: Morning or afternoon bus preference

TIP: Make sure to set up an account with Parks Canada before the Reservations open

You can book for a maximum of 3 nights, up to two tent sites (one tent per site), and a maximum of 4 people per tent. A seat on a shuttle bus will automatically be added to your campsite booking.

TIP: You didn’t manage to get a booking? Don’t fret. Receive a text message when a cancellation occurs. Just register with Outdoor Status, pick dates to track, and get notified when a spot opens.

The cost of staying overnight at Lake O’Hara campground in the summer season of 2024

There are four different costs involved in staying overnight at the Lake O’Hara campground:

  1. Reservation fee: $11.50 per reservation,
  2. Wilderness pass: $13.50/person/night,
  3. Bus fee: $24/person for the return trip
  4. National Park entry fee

TIP: For the latter consider purchasing an annual Parks Canada Discovery Pass, especially if you will be visiting any national park in Canada for more than 7 days in one year. Group and family options are also available.

Campground facilities and rules

  • There are two cooking shelters, a fire pit, food and garbage storage, grey water disposal, outhouses (with flushing water!), and treated well water. Quite the luxury!
  • Tent pads are 2.7 x 2.7 meters wide and can hold 1 small backpacking tent with a maximum of 4 people inside
  • You can bring max. two small bags per person with a maximum combined weight of 25kg
  • Don’t bring any loose items or hard-sided coolers with you on the bus
  • You will have a storage locker assigned to your tent pad number. You need to store your food and any scented items in your locker, away from the reach of wildlife. You can bring a padlock for it.

The Elizabeth Parker Hut

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Elizabeth Parker Hut is operated by the Alpine Club of Canada (ACC) and is located a 10-minute walk away from the bus stop near Lake O’Hara

How to make a reservation for summer 2024 in Elizabeth Parker Hut

According to ACC, Elizabeth Parker Hut will be open for the public to book (TBA). Reservations are made through an online booking request form directly on the ACC website. You can book the bus whilst requesting the reservation for the hut.

The cost of staying at the Elizabeth Parker Hut in the summer of 2024

Per night ratesACC MemberNon-Member
Standard rates$50$60
Summer high-season (mid-June to Thanksgiving)$60$70
Elizabeth Parker Hut Summer 2023 rates. Prices are in Canadian dollars

Elizabeth Parker Hut amenities

  • The hut can hold up to 24 people in the summer
  • There are two bunk beds with mattresses, but you must bring your sleeping bag
  • There is access to a propane stove with fuel supplied.
  • The kitchen is fully equipped with pots, pans, and cutlery
  • There is a basic outhouse in a separate building from the hut
  • Woodstove with firewood provided (you might have to chop it outside)
  • Water comes from snowmelt in the winter or creek in the summer and should be treated.

Hut rules

All ACC huts are user-maintained which means the work is done by those who stay there. Make sure that you leave the hut clean, chop the firewood, or shovel the snow. Don’t leave any trash behind, that includes any leftover food that you might have in your backpack.

The Lake O’Hara Lodge

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By far the most luxurious accommodation option at Lake O’Hara. The lodge has several different styles of accommodation: the shore cabins which, as the name indicates, lie on the shore of Lake O’Hara; the lodge rooms that are around 50 m away and the guide’s cabins on a nearby grassy knoll.

Lake O’Hara Lodge 2024 rates

Food, afternoon tea, the bus trip, access to canoes, guided excursions, and all taxes and gratuities are included in the booking.

Prices start at $945/per night/2 people and a minimum stay of 3 nights is required. This is very expensive in comparison with the campground or the Elizabeth Parker Hut but you get a lot in return.

Incredible gourmet experiences with some of the best chefs in Canada, tours with certified international mountain guides, and most importantly, a proper comfy bed and a real toilet! 

How to make a reservation at the Lake O’Hara Lodge

Call 1-250-343-6418 between Monday to Wednesday from 8:30 AM to 2:30 PM MST. You will be asked to pay a deposit upon your booking.

Best hikes and photography spots around Lake O’Hara

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Although making the campsite reservation can be a bit of a hassle once you’re at Lake O’Hara you’ll forget all about the stresses and strains of it all. 

Some viewpoints are of indescribable beauty. Some of those are a 10-minute stroll, others require a full day’s walking

If you want to combine many of them, then consider doing the entire Lake O’Hara Alpine Circuit – one of my favorite day hikes in the Canadian Rockies.

The trail is marked by a blue square with two vertical yellow lines that you’ll see painted on the rocks and trees on the trail.

Although trails are well marked and easy to follow I highly recommend getting a map of the trails before visiting Lake O’Hara.   

1. The Wiwaxy Gap and the Hüber Ledges

  • Distance: 4.8 km one way to Lake Oesa
  • Elevation gain: 520 m
  • Duration: 2-3 hours one way; 4-5 hours return via Lake Oesa trail

The route up from the Lake Shore to the Wiwaxy Gap is a steep but beautiful hike. As it switchbacks sharply through the bush you’ll soon be above the tree line looking down at Lake O’Hara with the Schäffer Ridge in the background.

Once you’ve made it to the Wiwaxy Gap, the highest point of the Alpine Circuit, the descent on the Huber Ledges to Lake Oesa is a great, albeit strenuous, introduction to hiking at Lake O’Hara. 

2. The Lake Oesa Trail

  • Distance: 3.2 km one way
  • Elevation gain: 240 meters
  • Duration: 3-hour return

The Lake Oesa Trail is the less serious version of the Wiwaxy Gap and the Huber Ledges. It takes a more gradual ascent through the forest and passes Victoria Falls, Victoria Lake, and Lefroy Lake on its way. 

3. The Yukness Ledges

  • Distance: 2.3km between Lake Oesa and Opabin Plateau
  • The elevation difference between Lake Oesa and Opabin Plateau: <50 m
  • The duration between Lake Oesa and the Opabin Plateau: 1 hour

The Yukness Ledges connect Lake Oesa with the Opabin Plateau and are a prominent feature of the entire Lake O’Hara Alpine Circuit. They are 2.3km in length and mostly flat as they navigate around Yukness Mountain. 

4. The Opabin Plateau

  • Elevation gain: 200 m
  • Distance one way: 2.8 km to Prospect, 4.7 km to Opabin Lake
  • Duration: 2 hours return to Prospect, 3-4 hours to Opabin Lake

The Opabin Plateau is home to a multitude of small tarns and larger alpine lakes. The Cascade Lakes, Moor Lakes, Hungabee Lake, and the largest Opabin Lake all call the plateau home.

In the summer sun, they all shimmer with a variety of blues, aquamarines, and emerald greens but for me, the highlight of the plateau is the Opabin Prospect.

The Opabin Prospect is a rocky outcrop that looks west over Lake O’Hara and the adjacent Mary Lake.

5. Schäffer Lake and Lake McArthur

  • Distance: 2 km to Schäffer Lake; 4.2 km to Lake McArthur
  • Elevation gain: 241 m
  • Duration: 3 – 4.5 hour return to Lake McArthur

Schäffer Lake is a small alpine tarn less than 1km away from The Elizabeth Parker Hut. From the campsite, it marks the halfway point to the much grander Lake McArthur, which is the largest lake in the area. The easy-to-follow trail is mostly uphill from the campsite.

6. Mount Schäffer

  • Distance: 6 km
  • Elevation Gain: 682m
  • Duration: 2 hours to Lake McArthur, 3.5 hours to Mount Schäffer Summit, 4.5 – 6 hour return

A bit of a nerve-wracking scramble to the summit of Mount Schäffer offers views of both Lake O’Hara to the north and Lake McArthur to the south.

The not-for-the-faint-hearted trail ascends from Lake McArthur for a further approximately 1.5 hours. Not an easy achievement but one with great reward. Scrambling is involved so be prepared. 

7. The Lake O’Hara Lower Circuit

  • Distance: 2.8 km
  • Elevation Gain: Minimal
  • Duration: 1 – 2 hours
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The easiest hike in the park is the lower route around Lake O’Hara. Throughout July until the middle of August, different blooming wildflowers brilliantly decorate the well-maintained path. 

Visitor Tips for Lake O’Hara

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Last minute cancellations

If you weren’t lucky enough not to know about Lake O’Hara or you’ve only just discovered this awesome guide and all the bookings in the campsite, ACC huts, and Lodge are gone then fear not. Not all is lost.

Because people are forced to make bookings so far in advance, many simply cannot stick to their original arrangements, don’t turn up or for example, book for 3 nights but end up leaving after 2. Cancellations do happen.

There’s no harm in phoning the reservation office and asking if there are any upcoming free spots. You just have to be prepared to be flexible and possibly leave at a moment’s notice!

Weather

Yoho National Park lies within the subarctic zone, where the winters are long and cold and summers are short but warm.

The weather in the mountains is highly unpredictable. Chinook winds, which sometimes occur in this region can raise the temperature by over 30 degrees Celsius in a day!!!

When I was there in August, the smoke from nearby wildfires created a thick haze but overnight temperatures were close to freezing, even in the height of summer. As long as you come prepared for the elements then you will be fine!

A few packing essentials

If you’re getting the bus, remember that each guest is limited to one bag. The weight of this bag has no restrictions so fill it with whatever you’d like.

No need to worry about bringing only rice and pasta for once! 

Moreover, I’ve never seen the “one bag rule” being enforced. I’ve seen many people bringing in several huge wheelie suitcases and big BBQ grills! A bit excessive if you ask me, but each to their own. 

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Backpack

For multi-day backpacking trips where I have to carry a tent and food, I use my trusted Osprey Ariel AG backpack with a 65-litre capacity and its anti-gravity harness system

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Lightweight backpacking tent

I’ve had the MSR Hubba Hubba NX for years now and used it on every single backpacking trip I did in the Rockies. So far I have no tears and all the poles are still intact. Grab a tent footprint too, to prolong the life of your tent.

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Sleeping pad

Getting a good night’s rest after hiking the whole day is essential. The Sea To Summit Ultralight sleeping pad will not only keep you insulated from the ground, but it will keep you comfy too. My advice is to go with the larger size.

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Camping stove

The folding MSR pocket rocket is my constant companion that provides daily hot meals in the backcountry. For its small size, it is incredibly efficient and it supports a wide range of camping pots. 

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Camping pot

Many companies offer pot sets however over the years I noticed that one pot is more than enough to cook a meal or make a hot cup of tea. I have the Sea To Summit Lightweight Aluminium Pot.

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Water filter

The water filtering system is essential to avoid waterborne diseases such as Giardia. I use the lightweight Platypus GravityWorks. Although the initial cost is higher than other options (e.g. tablets), in the long run, the cost per liter is unbeatable. 

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Solar lantern

One of the best gifts I’ve ever received. The LuminAid solar lantern is always attached to the outside of my backpack where it recharges during the day. The light it gives is enough to play games in the tent or cook dinner in the evening. 

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Le Relais Shelter

Le Relais is a quaint little lodge situated centrally between the campsite, the ACC huts, and the lodge. Le Relais Day Shelter offers a warm welcome and a valuable information source for visitors to Lake O’Hara.

The shelter is located near the end of Lake O’Hara Road (approximately 11 km from the Lake O’Hara parking lot trailhead). It should be your first stop at Lake O’Hara for the most up-to-date information on trail conditions and wildlife sightings.

You can ask the staff about trails suited to your interests and hiking ability. You can also purchase trail maps, hot and cold beverages, and light snacks: hot chocolate, tea, coffee, ice cream, noodles, chocolate, and their famous carrot cake.

It’s cash only, US dollars are accepted at par and all profits from sales are used to maintain and improve trails in the Lake O’Hara area. During the summer months, the Lake O’Hara bus stops at the shelter

Wildlife Awareness

Lake O’Hara area and Yoho National Park are prime grizzly bear habitats. DO NOT GO WITHOUT BEAR SPRAY. Sing songs, make noise, and keep your eyes open for tracks and other signs of bears. Upon encountering a bear DO NOT RUN, make the bear aware of your presence, and speak calmly.

If it retreats proceed with caution never getting too close, if it aggresses (which is highly unlikely, as bears are very shy animals) then stand your ground and be ready with your spray. Don’t worry, bears are more scared of you than you are of them.

On my last day at Lake O’Hara, I was lucky enough to see a Wolverine, a small but vicious creature and a very rare endangered species. There’s a login book at Le Relais shelter, which you can check, to see where the most recent sightings were.

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28 thoughts on “Summer 2024 Backpacking Guide to Lake O’Hara In The Canadian Rockies”

  1. Hello Marta!
    First i would like to thank you very very much for this website and all the posts and information you give to us, readers. It is helping us so much with our almost 4 week trip plan between Vancouver and Calgary. We are planning to go to the lake O’Hara in September if we can score two tickets for the bus, but we can’t sleep in the campground close to the lake because we will not be travelling with a tent, so we have one day only, and i would like to ask you which from the above hikes would you recommend doing?
    We are both physically fit.
    Thank you so much in advance for your answer and your help.
    Again, thank you for the excellent website.
    Muito obrigada.
    Best Regards, Ana

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    • Hi Ana, Thanks for visiting. Fingers crossed you score the reservation. I actually recommend doing the whole Lake O’Hara Alpine Circuit which connects first, second and forth hike on this list. It basically circles lake O’hara but at a high elevation. You can walk it clockwise or counterclockwise. The Lake O’Hara Alpine Circuit will give you most out of your one day stay. I hope that helps!

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      • So, if i understood it right, The Lake O’Hara Alpine Circuit is 12 km length and it’s a combination of the following trails: Lake O’Hara shoreline hike, The Wiwaxy Gap and the Hüber Ledges, The Lake Odesa Trail, The Yukness Ledges and The Opabin Plateau. This means we won’t pass Schäffer Lake and Lake McArthur nor Mount Schäffer, right? I’m sorry i am not sure! I saw the picture of this hike at the AllTrails website. Is it exactly how they have in their picture from the website?

        Thank you so much again!
        Best regards,
        Ana

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        • Hi Ana. Yes that’s more or less correct. You won’t be hiking along the shoreline for very long though following the LAke O’hara Alpine Circuit. Yes you also will be skipping Lake Macarthur and Mount Schaeffer. The latter requires a little bit of scrambling.

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      • Also i forgot to ask you about 2024 Reservation launch for the day-use shuttle bus. This begins at January 29 at 8AM Mountain Time, this means 16:00 in the Netherlands, right? I converted the time zones but i just want to be sure that i have this right, it’s very important, ahaha.
        Thank you so much Marta.
        Best regards, Ana

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        • Hi Ana, Yes, according to the Parks Canada website that is correct. Make sure to se up an account with Parks Canada and familiarize yourself with the booking system a little bit. Keeping my fingers crossed for your success. Let me know if you got in!

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          • Hello Marta,
            I was doing a search at the Parks Canada reservations website and i couldn’t find the date January 29 for the reservation of the shuttle bus to Lake O’Hara. Where did you find that information about the date? They say at the website: ‘Check back in February for updates!’ Thank you so much again.

          • Hi Ana. I checked it here, but after inspection I did make a mistake so thanks for pointing it out. I now fixed it in the post. The campsite reservations together with the shuttle start on January 25th. I reckon once those are done the remaining bus spaces for day visitors will be opened. Generally camping spots book out within a few hours hence I would keep checking daily, but since the site says the dates will be announced in February then that’s what it means. Maybe also consider booking a campsite for one night (even if you don’t end up using it, it highers your chances of getting there. Once again thanks for pointing out my mistake and good luck with your reservations!

  2. There’s another reliable way to access Lake O’Hara even in the high season. Through special arrangement with Parks Canada, there are daily bus seats reserved for certified Association of Canadian Mountain Guides (ACMG) and their clients. These are on a first come, first served basis. I was able to take guests in a couple times last summer with about a week lead time.

    Hike with a local professional guide for a heightened safer experience.

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  3. Do you book the bus through Parks Canada? I was going to try for sometime between June17th and June 23rd. Plane tickets are already booked and we fly home on the 24th when camping opens so just trying to get there for a day hike. The article also says make the application for sometime between March 1st and 30th but that is dated for 2022. Is it the same for 2023? Thanks for your input and you article was helpful, thanks!

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    • Hi Kelley. Thanks for visiting. The dates for this year have not been announced yet but usually year to year they are more or less the same. As soon as the booking dates are updated on the Park’s Canada site then I will also update them here. If you are looking at camping at Lake O’hara then you book your bus tickets together with the campsite reservation. If you are just looking at day trip then you put your name in a random draw. Both are done through Parks Canada website. I hope that helps! Let me know if you have more questions.

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  4. Great guide Marta! Is the Mount Schaffer scramble similar in difficulty to other scrambles you’ve done in the Rockies? I’m trying to gauge the difficulty as i’ve read varying reports. Thanks!

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    • Hi Meg, thanks for the feedback. The reports are probably different because everyone speaks from their own perspective. At the time I didn’t do much scrambling and I thought Mt Shaffer was absolutely doable. I actually decided to do it on a total whim. We were at Lake McArthur and just kept going up and up. There was still a possibility to hike along the ridgeline but we didn’t have much food with us so decided to descend after making it to the first summit. I don’t think the views would have been much different/better if we kept going. My advice is to give it a go and if at any point you feel uncomfortable just go down. 🙂

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  5. Can we walk very early in morning(About 4.00am) from parking to lake? Because we cannot booking bus and campsite. We really want to got to Opabin Plateau for sunrise. We should afraid about bear ? Thank you

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    • Hi Sarun. No one will stop you from going, but yes you should definitely be bear aware. I have run into bears a few times in the Rockies and every single time it was early in the morning.

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    • Awesome photographs you had in all your very informative articles. My wife and I are so lucky to be able to reserve a campsite this year at Lake O’HARA. What will be the first place to hike if we arrive there later in the afternoon if our bus pick up is at 3:30 PM?

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  6. Hi Marta!

    We weren’t so lucky to score a bus ticket or a camping spot but we’re still planning on making the best of it! I am sure we can do 2 of the hikes there but I was wondering if you know if it’s possible to snatch a ride on a bus on your way back out?

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    • Hi Charlie. Thanks for stopping by. when checking in for the bus we received tokens which we also had to show when we were leaving Lake O’Hara. I wouldn’t count on getting a bus, especially since at the end of the day you have both day hikers and overnight hikers leaving the area. The best advice I can give you is not to obsess about seeing Lake O’Hara if you don’t have the bus reservation. There are so many jaw-dropping hikes which you can do in the Rockies that don’t include hiking 22 kms to get to first, as is the case with Lake O’Hara. Check my post about hikes in Kananaskis, particularly Piper Pass, Pocaterra Ridge, Tent Ridge and Smutwood peak, 4 of my favourites there. Good luck on your trip!

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  7. I got a bus ticket for middle June and will be going solo. A bit worried about bears for sure and hope I will find people I can join on a hike. Is there a hike where bears are hardly ever been seen? So very excited.

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    • Hi Barbara! Congrats on securing the bus ticket! Do not worry, you will be able to meet some people already on the bus or at a campsite. Bears are rather elusive and tend to stay away from people and trails where people hike on. The few times I run into a bear on the trail were always very early in the morning, 6AM early. I often hike this early to catch a good light for my photos. If you go later most of the wildlife hides away for the day. There will be plenty of other hikers on Lake O’Hara Alpine circuit, the one I highly recommend doing. Of course, bear spray is a must, but I am yet to meet a person who actually had to use it.

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