Explore the most popular lake trails near Jasper with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

backpacking
3 days ago

Saw a Wolverine before Little Shovel pass, had heavy rain over the Notch and a snow storm in Tekara's campground. Camped at Snowbowl and Tekara. Epic backpacking hike!

The lakes are beautiful and people are actually jumping in for a swim! Perfect on a hot and sunny day! Come prepared if you want to go swimming. There is a presence 2 red Adirondack chairs to offer you the best spot to sit down and relax. Great hike for a family with young kids.

hiking
9 days ago

This is a great hike on a lovely day. Grateful that we took the first left after the bridge to go clockwise, avoiding much of the steep uphills. Turn right at the intersection with 2 "9" blazes and be prepared for a steep downhill and some muck close to the outflow creek. First Lake is stunning approached from the north end with views of the snow capped mountains. Found a pretty lakeside spot for lunch. The other lakes are pretty, too, especially Fifth Lake. The return from Fifth is rated difficult, but it's not terribly so. Bears reported close to the trail by other hikers, consequently being vigilant is recommended.

Great bang for your buck. Beautiful views, easy to do with kiddos, well maintained!

hiking
11 days ago

One of my favourite trails of all time. The part along the ridgeway overlooking the valleys is just beautiful. I also love the Shovel Pass lodge for a relaxing break. It’s a long slog on the old fire road at the end but worth it!

Great hike all kinds of terrain . Some logs across the trail and some steep parts . We did it in 2.5 hrs

Trail is well maintained and rolls through the valley around the lakes. It was the Saturday of a Canada Day long weekend when we went so trail was quite busy. The lakes are small but still beautiful with typical wildlife. The hike is easy and accessible for all skill levels and ages.

Haven’t walked this trail. Just wanted to let everyone know that the access road, Cavell Rd, is closed all summer 2018. Hikes in the tonquin valley aren’t really accessible without hiking 12km each way up the road.

This hike is BEAUTIFUL.
We did it 2 years ago in September.
Took us 6 hours round trip with a 20 minute stop at the lake and a 40 minute stop at the summit. If you do not intend to do the summit hike, then I'd rate this as easy to moderate. It's decently busy until the treeline. Once past the tree line, I think we saw 4 sets of people the entire remainder of the hike. Pack layers!!!! Once you reach the switch backs it gets quite chilly. There's a false summit. You won't see the true summit until you're past the first peak. PLEASE PRESS ON! So worth the extra time and effort to reach the true summit. The view is incomparable. The majority of the hike after the tree line is loose rock/scree. We accomplished it in hiking shoes but I highly suggest boots. I personally hate poles, but if you use them, this would be a good hike to bring them on. I don't suggest this hike for children unless they're experienced climbers due to the slight scramble right at the summit and loose stones at the very top. GREAT hike for begginer hikers as long as they have endurance and are looking for a challenge. Perfect hike for experienced hikers looking for the ultimate view. I 100% recommend this summit hike to everyone. So, so rewarding.

Beautiful views of the Angel Glacier. There are steep sections (especially as you approach the highest lookout point) and trekking poles might come in handy. Probably my favourite hike so far!

Beautiful! It took a while to get to the first lake, but then all the lakes were within minutes of each other! Crystal clear water, perfect for a dip if you bring your swim gear!

What a wonderful hike. Defenetly bring your swimming stuff as the lakes are just incredible and just beg for a swim. We did the hike on a very warm and sunny day in May. The trail itself was in a very good condition.

Amazing trail with great views. The road up is closed however for Summer 2018. So if you plan on doing this hike plan on hiking the 12 kilometers up the road to the Edith Cavell parking lot just to get to the trailhead. We went this May long weekend 2018 intending to do the hike but were turned away because the roads closed. Luckily there's lots of other hikes in Jasper

Amazing views!!!

Nice hike that was doable in the winter conditions early April. Some deep patches of snow, Wabasso lake was still totally frozen April 8, walked out to the island.

Me and my wife have done this trail twice (once while she was pregnant). The trail always amazes me and is absolutely beautiful. We stay at the Shovel Pass Lodge so we don’t have to carry our own gear in.

Nice hike mostly through woods with a lake every so often.

Beautiful in the winter and will be visiting again in the summer
Great quicl hike to hit.

backpacking
6 months ago

Great easy hike.

Touristy & underwhelming.

Stunning!

Beautiful clear lakes, took a swim in the ice cold water

This is a great walk. Would rate as easy. Lots of birds. Nice scenery.

One of the great must do overnight trips in the Canadian Rockies. I have done it 3 times. Would recommend going from North to south. Get the fire road out of the way and enjoy the rest of the trip. We are older hikers and found 4 days 3 nights more to our ability. Camp at Signal, Curator and Evelin. Takera is definitely buggy.

backpacking
9 months ago

Amazing trail! I slept at Watchtower (4km outside of the main trail). Completed in 2 days : 20 and 28km. Try to sleep at Curator campground for a 2 day hike.

I think this map doesn't include the path to the summit. The summit you start to see from below treeline is not the summit, there is more way to go from fake summit. But if you could make it plus 1.6 km to the top, you can see 360℃ views of mountains from Banff to North of Jasper. My friend made it, and his picture from the summit was beyond description.

I was a tourist from sea level, and already stayed Jasper for 2 days before Mt. Edith Cavell, yet it kept making me heavily out of breath after treeline. After treeline, it will be very steep and loose gravels. But it shouldn't be too tough by steepness itself, if it was your daily neighbourhood walking for 1 or 2 hrs, but you feel very tired easily at several steps if you're not used to this elevation (the start is already 1700m). Near summit (close to sunset, at the end of September), it was very cold in wind, I couldn't feel my fingers in globe. But all the way you can see the rocky mountains on your side and which is very beautiful and therapeutic.

I took 2h40m to 2100m, and turn back and less than 2hrs to parking lot. As of 18/Sep/2017, you need a parking pass with assigned time slot from tourism centre due to entrance restriction.

backpacking
9 months ago

backpacking
9 months ago

Started at the Signal Mountain Trailhead to get some extra vert in (about 1,750 ft. extra) and backpacked to Watchtower campground (about 20 miles). First four or five miles are up a fire road without much of a view, so starting at Maligne Lake probably makes the most sense since you'll cruise down the fire road at the end of your journey. It was very rainy, smokey, and foggy, so didn't have great views. With soaked gear and some nasty blisters, we ended up hiking out of Watchtower to the park road where we hitchhiked back to our car.

Still, an amazing trail!! Will definitely do again when the weather is nicer.

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