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2 hours ago

Beautiful trail. We made it in the end of October and there were close to none tourists.

the name of this is a bit misleading (which doesn't mean this trail isn't amazing). you aren't looping the lake, you are climbing an overlook. great trail, good picnic spot on top

walking
6 hours ago

Easy access .. small falls if you want to take a break from driving.

hiking
10 hours ago

Did this walk early in Oct after a snow fall. track was very icy and treacherous but the view was well worth it.

Spectacular views once you get up towards the peak .. the snow caps looked amazing .. lots of ice on the trail now and cleats or poles are almost a must have to get up high enough .. was challenging without being too difficult but was well worth it .. make the trek if you’re in Jasper, it’s worth it!

A must see if you are in and around Banff .. short drive up and the scenery is spectacular .. I’ve has started to build up sonic you have some cleats handy, make sure you bring them along .. ok, lookout does get crowded however, not a reason not to miss out!

Beautiful leisurely trail with lots of variety including forest, exposed meadow, and lookout points over the valley and the Athabasca River. Perfect for a quick hike before the drive home

Easy walk, all 5 lakes are beautiful. It was moderately busy- we saw many people along the way and some mountain bikers. The water is so cold but so refreshing feeling- would love to visit again in the summer and go for a swim!

hiking
1 day ago

Loved the walk. Very easy, it was October when we did the hike. I’d love to do it in the summer when it’s warm enough to swim! The water looked amazing

Amazing view, but not the best experience. The lookout is so crowded, it’s like a mosh pit.

Note that the trail is icy. However, as of the 20th of October, the bus road is closed, and not as slippery. Best that you walk up this road if you don’t have cleats.

Very easy, cute and scenic loop. Family friendly. If you ever want to do an hour or less beautiful trail, this is it!

Great hike, majestic view. The last part of the hike was gorgeous, so steep you might have to use your hands to climb but definitely manageable with enough patience and courage. It was chilly at the top so definitely made sure you bring enough clothes. The slide down from the top was fun. Highly recommend if you want to see an overview of the lake.

Not bad, and fairly easy hike. Would skip the longer loop and just go straight to lake 1.

Very easy hike with some very amazing views! We stopped at this hike in the morning and it was so refreshing! Easy hike to use as a warm up before heading to the motel challenging ones!

I loved everything about this little hike! Not overrun with tourists and the views are simply breathtaking. Words and photos don’t do it justice!

Great for the whole family, a lovely sightseeing opportunity without too much work. A bit busy though, and pushy tourists to avert, but a great time nevertheless!

Great trail to start getting more difficult terrain. The trail is in great shape despite snow all morning.

5 starts for the lake itself but too crowded for my liking.

What a brilliant hike. Even in the snow it was peaceful, beautiful, and calm. We took the shortcut that was harder (turn left about 2.5km in, don't worry there's a sign!) and we survived without spikes on our boots or using our poles. That part was harder, but I wouldn't call it difficult. Stunning surroundings, awesome views, and light traffic. Bliss! We ended up bailing and turning back from the ridge as there wasn't an actual trail in the snow. Folks trudged up the mountain in all different directions in turn ripping up the vegetation, so we decided to go back. We took the fire route down which was longer but oh so pleasant. I'd love to come back and do the full route (we did 11 of the 13.5km in about 3.5 hours with tons of breaks) and it was breathtaking. Absolutely worth stopping to catch your breath on the way up only to lose it again with the views!

Easy trail with great views. Saw tons of wildlife including goats, chipmunks and even a wolf!

I love the 5 Lakes so much, I never do the loop. I do it as an out and back to see the lakes twice!! This is a prefect time to go to beat all the high season crowds!!

Very pretty view of Peyto Lake right after the snow storm. Please wear the proper gear as we saw people slipping all over the place. Take the trek up to the left to view beautiful snow covered forests.

This is a nice hike with numerous waterfalls leading to Stanley Falls. The trailhead sign says that the trail is not maintained by Parks Canada and to be aware of steep cliffs and use caution. I was a bit hesitant after reading the signage, but there was nothing to be nervous about as long as you don’t get too close to the cliffs. Just use common sense. When you head on the trail, you will follow along Beauty Creek initially. There is a paved section of trail that does not indicate whether to go left or right to continue to Stanley Falls. Go right. At the end of the paved section, you will head into a forested area and start to hike along the river leading up to Stanley Falls. The trail is not difficult to follow, but watch where you are walking as there are many roots and objects that you can trip on. At the end is a sign indicating that you have reached Stanley Falls. If you continue past the falls, there is a sign saying wilderness route. I didn’t venture past. Nice, relatively easy hike - good stop if you love waterfalls.

hiking
23 days ago

Most people only see the upper falls which are a very short walk from the parking area. The lower falls are also very beautiful and worth a visit. The trail to the lower Sunwapta Falls is not particularly scenic until you approach the end as it does not provide views of the river. It can be a bit steep in certain places as well.

The view is a 5 star, but the crowd is a 1. It's a steep incline up and today when we went it was a little slick from snowfall. The view was beautiful and it's short walk to get to. However, the tourist were rude and it was elbow to elbow on the lookout. The best views are if you escape the crowd just a little going beyond the lookout platforms to the right and take photos with no one rushing you and even better views...this will require a slight adventure but nothing that was difficult to do.

hiking
23 days ago

Was September when we visited so no swimming or cliff diving... much too cold too that!

As a simple short hike it wasn't terrible... but there are so many great trails in the area this one may be better left to those who want to get in the water, weather permitting.

The 5 lakes are each unique and beautiful. This was a pretty long hike but worth doing. Since it’s a loop, you can go whichever way you prefer, but I think going from the 1st to 5th is best since I think the 1st lake is the less awe-inspiring one. That may be just because you don’t get as good a viewpoint of the 1st as you do the others though. From the parking lot, you will go through some trees, onto a small wooden bridge, and then through a forested area where you will have to do some downhill and uphill hiking. If you go left, you will be going to the 1st lake, the trail that goes along the back edge of the lake (if you continue left) connects to another trail so you probably don’t want to go too far down that path since you will have to back track to continue on to the other lakes. As you continue along the path this time to the right, you will find yourself on the back edge of the 2nd lake, then the 3rd and 4th. Between the 3rd and 4th lakes, you will find a set of the iconic red chairs you can find in various locations in the national parks. It’s a great spot for enjoying the view. The 5th and final lake has a small floating dock that you can walk into and take pictures from.

Heavily trafficed is an understatement! It is basically a narrow paved trail the entire way where you are weaving in and out of tourists walking at turtle pace like they do not have the entire Canadian Rockies to explore! Once you actually get to the lookout, you cannot get a single good picture because someone else is always there. I don't think I need to see this lake again, but was glad I braved the crowd to at least see it once in person.

Nice moderate hike. My mom who does not hike regularly at all managed it just fine. It does get muddy in spots and had a couple steep hills. we did 5th lake to first lake it seemed like the less popular way to go as we were against the flow more than we were with the flow. Some narrow spots so remember to share the trail. I saw two groups heading in with strollers..... that I would not recommend unless carrying a child in one arm and a stroller in another is something you want to do

Short, easy walk around the lake. Lots of lovely views of the lodge and the mountains. Nothing extreme, no need for any special gear/equipment.

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