I did this hike the other day for the first time at Kicking Horse. Actually it was a lot better than I thought and it took less than 2 hours with a lot of stops to pick huckleberries. The views once you start back up through the bowl are not great but still very interesting. It is a good work-out because there is a lot of elevation gain in a short distance.
This is the description from the Kicking Horse website.
Bowl Over Loop:
Return Time: 2.5 Hours
Description: The Bowl Over Loop starts at the top of the Golden Eagle Express Gondola and makes its way down CPR Ridge dropping in elevation until you reach Tower 15 of the Gondola line. Views along the ridgeline are magnificent with vistas of the Dogtooth Range, Blaeberry Valley, Golden, Rocky Mountains, and Columbia Valley. Truly magnificent. From tower 15 you start your heart pumping assent up through the natural beauty of Bowl Over. Gaining elevation with every step, you will be taken in with the scope of the size of Bowl Over itself. The trail heads up through large rocks, alpine meadows and along natural moraine features before its steep final leg that finishes you back up at the summit of Kicking Horse.
One of my favourite hikes in the area is Iceline trail in Yoho National Park. It is about a 45 minute drive to the trailhead at Takakkaww Falls. I have always made it a 2 day hike with a night in Little Yoho at the campground. Some stay at the Alpine Club Cabin at the same area. But you can certainly do it in one day and takes about 8 hours or so. It is such a beautiful hike, it is one to savour. This video was done by son Kori. I think this is the best in the Rockies. After about a 45 minute climb, it is all over moraines with glaciers and small creeks and lakes. You are pretty exposed so pick a nice day with no chance of rain.
Ken along with his wife Lori are the owners and operators of Vagabond Lodge at Kicking Horse Mountain Resort.
When would you like to stay at Vagabond Lodge?
(2 night minimum)