|Southeast BC Nature Viewing Region|
|Deer Lodge Trail, Yoho National Park|
|Deerlodge Trail: photo by Bill Kinkaid||Deerlodge Trail: photo by Bill Kinkaid|
|A walk through montane woods by the Kicking Horse River.|
|Geographical Description||Rocky Mountains|
|Area/ Trail Length||2-4 km return|
|Seasons to Visit||Year-round; free of snow roughly from late May through October.|
|Habitat||Montane lodgepole pine/Douglas-fir forest, prairie grassland, blowdown area, riparian, marsh.|
|Viewing Highlights||An easy walk through montane woods and prairie.|
Very good for spring and early summer wildflowers.
Forest birds and other wildlife.
Scenic views of mountains from Kicking Horse River.
Deer Lodge (Jack Tocher) Warden Cabin is a Federal Heritage Site built in 1904, the first built in the park (closed to public).
Leanchoil Marsh is an excellent wetland for birding, located on the south side of the highway on the west side of the Kicking Horse River. Access is difficult; there is no pullout on the highway, and thick forest cuts off the marsh from the road to the Wapta Falls trailhead. You can walk along the shoulder of the highway from the campground but use extreme caution.
|Main Access||At Hoodoo Creek campground; 35 km east on Highway 1 from the junction of Highways 1 and 95 in Golden, or 22.3 km west from the Parks Canada visitor centre in Field. Trailhead access road is across from the campground entrance, 0.5 to 1 km depending on how much of the road is open. National Parks permit is required for all vehicles on this road.|
|Cautions||Be aware of bears and cougars; do not disturb any wildlife.|
The trail beyond the Deer Lodge site is moderately difficult to strenuous and is in a lightly travelled wildland area; you need to be in good physical condition and be properly equipped with good hiking footwear, rain gear, food and water. Water is available from creeks but should be boiled or treated.
There is no mobile phone service in this area.
|Jurisdiction||National Parks of Canada|
|Regulations||No camping or fires except in designated sites. Dogs on leash.|
|Facilities||None; campground facilities are for registered guests only.|
Basic services in Field; all services in Golden, 35 km west from here, or Banff, 105 km east.
|Other Recreational Activities||Mountain biking; snowshoeing and cross-country skiing in winter.|
|Other Connections||Strenuous overnight hiking trail continues to the Ice River area.|
|FMI||Parks Canada in Field 250-343-6783|
|Friends of Yoho National Park|
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