We left on Friday around noon to get to travel to Yoho National Park and hopefully find a campsite early enough. We decided to stay right at Takakaka Falls, which is a walk in campsite. They had these little trailer you could take up to the campground to carry your gear. My daughter loved it. AND then it started pouring. We tried our best to set everything up but it was raining really hard and unfortunately things got wet, really fast.
We had some food and went to bed pretty early. I woke up in the middle of the night to puddles, and wet sleeping bags. This had never happened before. Not a great way to start our 3 day trip..... But I knew we would make it ok.
On Saturday morning I woke up at 6, and got breakfast ready, started packing up everything in my bag (things were a little different once wet) during this time MJ had already met some friends, including a girl her age, and was not too happy that she wasn't coming on her journey but thankfully didn't fuss too much. Now I haven't talked too much lately about my daughter's hand problem (It doesn't happen much in the summer, seems to be related to the cold but no drs even specialist have really found the cause.) But when its colder I get really worried as it can be very painful and she temporary loses the use of her hands. This trip made me extremely worried about the situation as temperatures were near freezing.
We left the campground and started hiking at around 8am. I must tell you, these trails were really really quiet at this time of the day. I always carry Bear Spray as well as other way to defend myself but when it is that quiet it really does make you think. We stopped at Laughing Falls for lunch and made it early enough to Twin Falls campground to let a few things dry. We were able to enjoy the late afternoon and some well deserved dinner and wine (for mama bear!).
I knew the day would be very long and pretty hard on my girl. I did talk to her and she was up for the challenge. It was a long long day and we couldn't enjoy all the stops this hike had to offer, I knew that 12.8km was going to be hard on her and that it would take us all day. We did see the beautiful Twin Falls and she even got to take a power nap. Once on the Whaleback Trail we got a beautiful view and it was all worth it to see my girl so excited about it. She truly loves the Alpine.
The way down after the Whaleback was not the easiest as she was pretty tired. I was happy to have a rope and it made her feel more comfortable. For an adult it is not a problem but for a tired 4 years old it can be tricky. We arrived Little Yoho Campground around 6:30 that evening. Over 10 hours of walking and almost no whining from this little girl. She even helped with with the tent and dinner. Shes a trooper! That night we sat down and had a serious talk, I knew the next day wouldn't be easy, it was snowing and I wanted to make sure she could handle another hard day. To my surprise..."Mom, we can DO it!"
The Iceline trail was amazing despite the rain/snow and the fact we couldn't see any further then the trail itself. It made it look mystique and it was the most unique trail setting I had done in a long time. Im not sure it would have felt the same if conditions would have been perfect. It was special for my daughter to be surrounded by ice. She gets that from me!
We met some great people along the way. We even shared some tea with some of them. Very nice gesture as it was pretty chilly. It was a long day for us, the trail was muddy near the end and it was really hard for the little one not to slide and fall. By the time we got to the end of the trail we were so beat, thankfully my bestfriend showed up to greet us and that made our day even better. Thank you for that my friend!
I would recommend the Iceline Trail to everyone, even in the rain it was beautiful and now that its all done, Id do it again. Good news is when I asked the little one she told me the same! Amazing time with amazing company.