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My husband, my 47lb dog, and myself did this hike on Canada Day 2018. Thankfully the rain that had threatened the day before let up, and it was a clear at the top. This trail is listed as moderate, but if you're fitness level is like mine it's a good cardio workout! A challenge for those with moderate fitness, but the kind you will feel good about because you CAN do it. From the trail head it's a pretty steep walk along a creek, then you hit switchbacks. At every turn there's a great opportunity to view the surrounding mountains and catch your breath. Then you'll hit a plateau with interesting rock features and a gorgeous view. But keep going up! The rest of the hike is above the tree line, but it's not for too long. From the top you can see many ranges, the Miette Hot Springs parking lot and hungry chipmunks. If you're questioning this hike, just do it. I loved it and my dog loved it (she was pooped after it though). You'll feel accomplished and in awe of Jasper's beauty after this hike. (it IS a busy one though, so just be aware you won't have solitude at the top)

We followed the route counterclockwise which minimised the traffic. Fire trail is a bit of a drag but alpine is superb. We went beyond the all trails route to a second “summit” on an unmarked but clear trail. Totally worth the extra 2Km or so.

2 days ago

Amazing views off of both bridges 1 and 2. Sad we couldn’t do 3 through 6. Youngest’s legs were done after a couple of other sites.

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3 days ago

This is a premier hike in the Canadian Rockies and it is not difficult to access or hike. You quickly get into views of the Columbia ice field, Mt. Athabasca, the Athabasca Glacier, and Dome Glacier. The views are spectacular!

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4 days ago

Excellent hike - around 3 hours round trip. Make sure you go past the false plateau to the very top for a breathtaking view! We went on a clear day and there were quite a few people on the trail. Try to go early to avoid the crowds!

Took the short but more steep route. After reaching the first rest area, continue to the summit for more amazing views. You will see Maligne Lake from the top of Bald Hills and the beautiful Opal Hills. Worth going! (Be prepared for your windbreaker because it can get pretty windy up there).

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5 days ago

Hiked this trail mid July. Amazing 360 Degree view of the surrounding mountains at the top. The entire hike is a steady incline. Can be tiring but well worth it. Took about an hour to reach the Big Rock and another 15 mins to get to the top. If you hike to the Big Rock make sure you definitely proceed to the very top...it will provide you with one of the best views you will see. Pack a lunch too because you will want to stay up there for a while admiring the sights. Keep an eye out for mountain goats as well, saw a few at the top. Took about an hour to defend as well.

Awesome hike. Great views going up but even better once you get to the top. The way to the top is all uphill with very little flat but not extremely demanding. It was windy at the top and about 20 degrees F cooler than below the tree line. Highly recommend for the 360 views.

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7 days ago

Started at Fifth Bridge. Leisurely walk along canyon side trail (7) to teahouse beyond First Bridge, taking advantage of steps when available. Impressive gorge with many photo opportunities. More crowded close to bridges 1-3. Returned via 7f. Trail a bit beat up at the beginning of 7 near Fifth Bridge and midway along steep slope part of 7f.

Great hike in the Maligne Lake area of Jasper. Steep at times but overall a moderate hike. Difficult rating may be due to technical challenges in this hike to reach the summit -trail becomes a bit more tricky as you climb the peak. Moderately traveled trail - not teeming with tourists. Good opportunity for running into wildlife so better to travel in groups of 3+.

Hiked this mid-June in the rain. Well developed trail, steady climb but you don’t need poles and there’s no scramble. Made it down in 45 minutes, took about 3 hours total. Stunning views at the top even on a rainy day!

Beautiful hike, got a sunny day and cheeky rodents.

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12 days ago

This was a great trail, but very busy with other hikers. It wasn’t my favourite Canadian experience, but I’m happy we did it. It’s a good idea to make sure you set off early, so you can avoid both the crowds and the sun in your face during the ascent. We got halfway up the actual summit and decided to turn back - it felt perilously steep to us, and we didn’t have poles to help get up or down. The plateau that is just beneath the summit is gorgeous and comfortable. Plenty of people had lunch there before heading down again. Hiking shoes essential and poles would be hugely helpful.

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12 days ago

Don’t forget poles. Quite a few people, but everyone friendly. Not for anyone wearing flip flops.

Trail was well maintained, and ascends at a fairly even rate into the alpine. Apparently there used to be a ranger station at the top, so most of the trail is actually an old access road that is wide with gravel. Views of the top of Maligne lake are impressive, as well as the valley back toward Medicine lake. We took a counter-clockwise direction at all junctions which I'd recommend to others. At the first branch (after about 3km), the trail departs from the old road and ascends quickly into the alpine. While many people also came down this way, I found it easier to navigate the steepness and roots going up. In the upper parts there was still some snow on the north facing aspects, but certainly nothing that affected the hike. We enjoyed lunch near the top overlooking the lakes. Come prepared for weather as we encountered rain, snow and hot sun when we went on Canada Day. Our total day ended up being about 12-14km, and with the inclines on the way up I'd rank this as medium-difficult

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15 days ago

Awesome trail with a real variety of scenery. Views of the glaciers were outstanding. Side trip to the ridge was worth it as you could see all of the glaciers from that vantage point. Be prepared for changing weather. It was sunny when we started, but snow accompanied us on the return trip. Strolled by a heard of big horn sheep hunkered down just off the trail.

The first 3km is pretty tough with how constant the steep incline is but with a few breaks you will make your way up to a beautiful view that is worth the hike. Climb a little higher on a barely visable trail to get to the high point and the view is breathtaking. Be careful on coming back down with how steep it is you may slip a few times on moving rocks, mud, or snow.

Great fun! And a good workout! Not to difficult on the way up, but the incline sure picks up near the peak! Was a good challenge but very well worth the beautiful views.

LOVE this trail! It’s a great workout and the views at the top are beautiful! The last little push to the summit was challenging, but it’s SO worth it! Bring snacks and a lunch for the top and enjoy it!

Beautiful trail! The view is literally breathtaking, and so is the climb! A little steeper than I anticipated, but doable with lots of small breaks.

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19 days ago

Gorgeous easy hike!! Bring the bug spray, the view is all worth it in the end !

Went in July 2016. Never forget it. Amazing trail. Views are spectacular. Interesting alpine flora once you get past the tree line. Highly suggest continuing to the summit (I noticed most people didn't). Difficult but well worth it. I was new to hiking and out of shape when I did this hike. If I can do it, you can do it!!

Great views! The trail is considered a black diamond (challenging) according to the park info. While it didn't seem TERRIBLY challenging for most of the hike, the switchbacks for the last kilometer or so (to get to the summit) were brutal. The top was rainy and windy, but SO WORTH IT just for the views!

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21 days ago

Very easy hike! Lots of different scenery. I recommend going for Wilcox Peak while you're in the area if you're up for a bit of a challenge.

Summit is steep, most of the snow is gone, but poles would be helpful!

22 days ago

Hiked it on 6/25/18. Incline was moderate until that last section after you’re out of the trees. Highly encourage you to push yourself and get to the top. Views were amazing. It was raining most of the time up but we got lucky and had about 10min of sunshine at the top before heading back down. He rain is probably why we only saw about 5 people on the way up and one person at the top while we were there. It’s pretty windy at the top so be prepared.

Took a little more than 2 hours to get to the top, about an hour to get back down. We started at 9:45am and back to our car by 1pm. Hands down the best hike we’ve done in jasper so far. However there isn’t much to look at on the way up except for a few spots. The top is the reward.

START EARLY!!! We started at 7:30 am, reached the summit at round 9:30 am only 6 people up there. Awesome views, it’s not a hard track, start early so you have the shadow from the sun on the walk up and by the way down the sun is in your back! Otherwise you’ll sweating really hard..haha. We went down round 10:30 - so crowded- passed over 50 people - SO START EARLY as u can and you have the summit for yourself. Great photos up there.

There is a constant incline, you may feel worn out. I sure did! However, this hike is worth every huff and puff and complaint I had in my head.

Reaching the top feels like a great achievement! It was also nice to have people on there way down cheer you on reminding us it’s worth it and we are almost there.

Going back down feels great!

Way up: 3 -4 hours - included many stops.
Way down: maybe an hour or less

Great hike, the view at the top is worth all the work to get there!

I am a novice hiker and I completed this trail in 4 hours. It was my first time hiking a trail with such a continuous incline. Thankfully there are plenty of benches along the way where you can stop for a break. And the view from the top is well worth the trip. Absolutely stunning! I recommend packing a light jacket or sweater, even if its a sunny day. The closer you get to the top, the more of a breeze there is. I also recommend wearing shoes with adequate ankle support, since the venture back down will put added pressure on your feet.

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