1 mi In-out, 1 hr, Easy, Limited parking, arrive early ~9AM, weekday recommended
HOW TO GET THERE: The Lower Oneonta Falls is in Oneonta Gorge and is about 45 minutes outside of Portland by I-84 E. Take exit 35 to Historic Columbia River Highway.
Oneonta Gorge is very crowded on the weekends so I’d recommend a weekday! There is limited parking on the left before and after the tunnel, so arrive early. We arrived around 9AM so luckily found parking easily. The ‘trailhead’ is down the stairs near the tunnel and bridge.
1 hour canoe, 3.3 mi, 1-1.5 hour walk
Canoeing in Emerald Lake, a glacier-fed lake in Yoho National Park, was my favorite part of our trip. We arrived at Emerald Lake in the middle/later part of the day. There were people always coming and leaving, so parking wasn’t too difficult.
★★★★☆ (4.5) $149, #47995, S/M, Technical Pack, Electric Orange
While an alpine climbing pack, I primarily use the Ascensionist as a daypack for hiking and everyday use. It has one large compartment separated by a drawstring ‘collar’ into the main compartment and a “top compartment.” (photos below) The smaller zipper pouch on top is great for immediate access items (i.e. keys, phone, wallet)
Arrive ~8-8:30AM, 2-3 hour hike, 5 mi roundtrip
Our day started in Johnston Canyon, a family-friendly hike on a boardwalk along and over the river in a beautiful canyon. It is a little over 30 minutes from the Banff National Park East entrance. The drive there on Highway 1A is smooth and very scenic. While Johnston Canyon has a decent sized parking lot, it does fill quickly so I would recommend arriving around 8 or 8:30 AM.