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    Schaffer Lake and McArthur Pass

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    12.1 km
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    1,055 m
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    Directions to Trailhead

    The Schaffer Lake and McArthur Pass Trail is a challenging adventure in Yoho National Park that will take you uphill to reach a stunning lookout from the Odaray Viewpoint. While out on the trail, you will make your way through the breathtaking setting of Lake O’Hara before traversing the rugged terrain of All Soul’s Prospect on the way to Odaray Grandview. Hikers should note that this trailhead is only accessible via an 11.0 km hike along the access road or by a pre-booked Parks Canada shuttle.

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    Route Description for Schaffer Lake and McArthur Pass

    Although a difficult hike, the Schaffer Lake and McArthur Pass Trail is a popular route in Yoho National Park that will expose you to some of the best scenery in the area. Setting out from the trailhead next to the Lake O’Hara Lodge, you will follow along the edge of the lake and experience some beautiful views across the water to the surrounding mountain peaks before climbing uphill to the south to traverse the rugged and rocky terrain of All Soul’s Prospect. After descending the opposite side of the mountain, you will pass by Schaffer Lake and make your way across McArthur Pass to begin another steep climb up to the Odaray Viewpoint. Once there, you will have some stunning views that sweep across the landscape and include the mountains, forests, and lakes that characterize the park. After taking in the views, retrace your footsteps to return to the trailhead.

    Getting to the Schaffer Lake and McArthur Pass Trailhead

    To reach the trailhead for the Schaffer Lake and McArthur Pass Trail from Field, drive to the northeast for 13.3 km along BC-1E and make a right turn onto O’Hara Park. After 500 m, you will come to the parking area. From here, you will need to either catch your pre-reserved shuttle or hike an additional 11.0 km into the trailhead.

    Route Information

    • When to do


    • Backcountry Campsites

      Lake O’Hara Campground

    • Pets allowed

      Yes - On Leash

    • Family friendly


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    • Route Type

      Out and back

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