With a distance of 21 km and a healthy dose of alpine terrain, the Iceline is the best trail if you want to be rewarded with fabulous views without having to run for hours and hours to get there. Another advantage of the Iceline is that it is a relatively fast run. After gaining 600 meters over the first hour or so of hiking, the trail becomes very flowy and “runnable”. Runners are quickly rewarded with some long and fast descents back down Little Yoho Valley followed by long sections of flat terrain. While it is still a long run, it is on the the easy side of things for elevation gain and difficulty.
- Distance: 21 km (29 km for Kiwetinok Pass or the Whaleback extension)
- Elevation gain: 850 metres
- Time: 3.5 to 5 hours of moving time
- Done best by: hiking up behind the Whiskey Jack Hostel towards the highpoint. After 12 km, you will descend down to the Stanley Mitchell hut, and it’s almost all downhill from there.
- Great if you don’t want to spend your entire day on the trails but still want to enjoy phenomenal views. Best bang for the buck when it comes to the effort needed to access incredible terrain.