Jasper is the gentle giant of the Rockies. Offering visitors a more laid-back mountain experience - with equal options for adventure, discovery and relaxation.
If you do go to Maligne Lake it is definitely must do hike. It has absolutely everything you could ask for. You start the hike from the Maligne lake trail head (It is very well signed) and start a steady climb to the first viewpoint where towards the end it does get fairly steep until it levels out. The views of Maligne Lake and the Hall of the Gods are absolutely magnificent, and we just wished there was a bit more sun on the day we hiked. You can finish the hike here and loop back to Maligne Lake and we will rate that hike as moderate due to the length and steepness for the last km or so. However if your fitness levels allow, we would absolutely recommend pushing on to the Bald Hills summit that will add a couple of kms to the hike. It is very steep (see photos) for a few 100 metres but the 360 views of the Canadian Rockies you get at the top are just so worth the effort. Proper footwear and warm clothing a must. We did this in early october and we had snow showers on the summit. A bucket list hike!!
This is our backpacking trip in Jasper's Skyline Trail.From Maligne Lake to Maligne Canyon, three days, two nights in Snow Bowl & Tekerra campgrounds, 44 KM'S in total. It rained most of the time, mosquitos were in high numbers, but we still had a good time.
I hiked the Old Fort Point and the Red Squirrel portion of this trail. The Red Squirrel portion is a flat little trail that leads into Old Fort Point trail. Old Fort Point starts off ascending stairs down near the Athabasca River. You then start your climb on the trail. It is a decent pull and a very rewarding if not spectacular view. When I hiked to the summit there was a Big Horn Ram and his mate sitting on top of the mountain! great treat! We also came across a huge Elk and his Harlem on the Red Squirrel.
The total trail distance here is actually closer to 6 miles, but the 2.5-3 miles out is up, up, and up. The climb never gets too steep except at the very end when you hit the alpine scree, and trekking poles are highly recommended, but you will fill it in your legs during the constant switchbacks. There are "shortcuts" through the switchbacks that are really washouts, but I know some people use them. Please don't! That erodes the trail. Take your time and follow the trail. You will get some views about halfway up, and the panorama from the summit is maybe the best in the area! Just before the scree slope to the summit there is a nice place for a break and a snack or photo. Use that time to prepare for the final climb.
This is one of the few trails that actually gets steeper as you go towards the summit, but stick with it, the reward is an unbelievable 360 from the top. It is cold AND WINDY at the top, so be prepared. Then make your way back down the same path. We made it up what felt like a blistering 75 minutes, and then more slowly to protect our knees on the way down.
Note: A black bear was spotted crossing the trail by a few hikers on our way down. Bring your bear spray! When you finish, refresh in the Miette Hot Springs. Busy but worth it after that climb!
Venessa B. on Valley of Five Lakes and Wabasso La...
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