Bald Hills Trail Loop

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Bald Hills Trail Loop is a 13.2 kilometer moderately trafficked loop trail located near Jasper Park Lodge, Alberta, Canada that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and birding and is best used from May until October.

DISTANCE
13.2 km
ELEVATION GAIN
701 m
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

birding

hiking

forest

lake

views

wildlife

rocky

snow

no dogs

hiking
28 minutes ago

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.

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).

hiking
7 days ago

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+.

hiking
9 days ago

Beautiful hike, got a sunny day and cheeky rodents.

hiking
12 days ago

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

19 days ago

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!!

hiking
20 days ago

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

hiking
23 days ago

This hike was quite spectacular. You ascend though the trees for quite a while. When you get past the tree line you hit the first rest area with a pretty nice view of Maligne Lake. Highly recommend continuing up to the summit though. If you take the trail to the left it gets a tad steep but is well worth it. Some of the trail is poorly marked near the top and you get to make your own trail. There are actually a few places to summit in this area. The farthest one seems to be where the faint trail takes you. There is some snow in patches but very doable with hiking shoes/boots. The views from the summit are breathtaking. Very cool.

hiking
1 month ago

Moderate trail with amazing views. not much snow left to melt now.. We made it all the way to the summit and looped back down. Well worth it!!!

hiking
1 month ago

Amazing hike and we go nearly to the top but there was just too much waist deep snow for "normal" hiking gear. But the views are just stunning on a clear day. The hike itself is not too difficult.

hiking
1 month ago

Mid May and there still was a lot of snow in the trail. It's doable, I would recommend to have waterproof pants. We couldn't reach the summit because of the snow, but the views were amazing.

4 months ago

Loved this. my brother pushed us to get up in only 90 minutes and down in 35. That's probably just about the fastest you can expect to do it. More likely will take 2-6 hours at a leisurely pace. The view was amazing and absolutely worth the long hike. Very step trail at the end.

hiking
9 months ago

Fantastic payoff at the top, glad we went up the first steep part, the fire road does add more distance. Probably the highlight hike of our trip. Wore us out pretty good though we weren't in the best shape. Not to be missed!

hiking
9 months ago

Fantastic hike one of the best views from all the hikes I have done and have done a lot in the area. I definitely wouldn't class it as as hard hike though, part of one loop is on a fire track and the other isn't very steep or hard also no scree or scrambling at all. There is 2 false summits MAKE SURE you push on to the summit the view is worth it and the hike from both false summits to the true summit is very easy.

hiking
10 months ago

Le brouillard et la pluie nous ont privé de la vue au sommet....

hiking
10 months ago

A bit of everything! A mix of steady climb and Tough uphills, stunning panoramic views (if it weren't for the smoke, this would have been my favorite hike ever), and an interesting loop trail with views of Maligne lake on the descent. Some expert navigation on the way down but overall, can be tackled by people of all fitness levels.

hiking
10 months ago

amazing vievs

10 months ago

Pretty easy hike, no one there in late June and the views were really amazing! Really worth it.

hiking
11 months ago

Follow the skyline trail for some time for better views of the surrounding peaks and valleys, if time permits. Spotted some mammoths at the top!

11 months ago

Pretty amazing hike. Once you summit, the views are amazing.

11 months ago

Beautiful hike. Lots of uphill but well worth it. The alpine meadow was quite unique. Unfortunately, smoke from forest fires obscured much of the views but we stilk enjoyed being at the summit

hiking
11 months ago

fairly busy up hill hike. it was quite smoky from the wildfires so the views were not great. definetly recommend going to the top for a more satisfying view. go right at where the loop begins for a more gradual incline and better views coming down. w
Would love to do this hike again when the smoke clears!

11 months ago

But if a grind to start and finish on logging road, but upper trail along the ridge is world class. Incredible views. Just wonderful. Bring your bug spray as they were very bad until it got too windy. Overall loved the hike. The loop at the top was just great.

11 months ago

The trail is well maintained on the fire road and if you continue on the right side of the loop. If you go left at the loop junction it is much steeper and full of roots and looser rock. Trail is fairly steep and can be exhausting at times. We only went to the peak of the loop with okay views. The bugs are also bad. July 15 2017.

hiking
Thursday, July 06, 2017

hiking
Monday, June 26, 2017

Nice views, and amazing if you are willing to climb to the very top of the mountain.

hiking
Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Great hike. We hiked this May 28, 2017 and the trail was still completely covered in snow. The first 30 minutes were dry and then all of a sudden you hit knee deep snow. We did not have snow shoes but the hike was still doable. We just put our feet in other peoples steps (if you don't do this, you will wall through and be deep in the snow).

The hike was beautiful and the view from the top is very nice. We were not able to make the loop due to the snow and instead came down the same way we went up. The hike would be easy if there was not snow on the trail.

The total hike with snow too us 4 Hours round trip.

hiking
Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Make sure you bring snowshoes! I went there with hiking boots (end of May) and I had to turn around because I couldnt walk in the snow. I would do it again, but in summer.

Monday, April 10, 2017

July 2, 2016

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