Sixth Bridge via Maligne Canyon Trail

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Jasper National Park

Sixth Bridge via Maligne Canyon Trail is a 4.2 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Jasper, Alberta, Canada that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, nature trips, and mountain biking and is best used from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length4.2 miElevation gain639 ftRoute typeLoop
Dogs on leashHikingMountain bikingNature tripsForestPartially pavedRiverViewsWaterfallWildflowersWildlifeMuddy
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Erin Dumenko
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HikingIcy

Mar 20 - really icy, especially upper sections, bring spikes! Well worth starting at the 6th bridge for some peace and quiet before entering the mobs of tourists nearing dying in their running shoes on the ice. Canyon is lovely in the winter, sadly inside the canyon was closed to all except tours due to recent rockfall and thawing conditions.

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Andrea Gomez
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Joshua Hall
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Feb 15th, very icey most the way! worth it for the views though

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Nat S.
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Feb 2021. Started at second bridge and walk down to a little past the fourth bridge where the gate opened up for canyon access. The canyon down there was heavily trafficked. We walked backwards towards third bridge - saw giant frozen waterfalls and lots of blunted icicles. We then walked towards the fifth bridge for the wedding cake falls. The waterfalls never freezes in the winter because it’s fed by spring water! ( therefore highly drinkable - doesn’t have any aftertaste at all). We then walked towards and past the sixth bridge where the maligne river joins the athabasca river. We took trail 7h back and there was lots of inclines before we traversed the mountain back to the parking lot - great views though (The big rock with a wonderful lookout point)! We had to go all the way to the other end of the parking lot, (closer to the restaurant) for the entrance of the first bridge, where potholes and wedged boulders can be appreciated. Was a super fun hike overall! Note: The trails wouldn’t have been done possible without micro spikes. Lots of stairs from bridge 1 to 2, bridge 2 to 5, and lots of uphills on trail 7h.

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Lac Romi
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Olivia Shepherd
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Did this today (jan 4) and as always, was amazed. One of my favourite spots in the area! Icy in sections, but fine with good hiking boots. A large portion of the water in the canyon isn't frozen yet, so be careful if you venture onto the ice!

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Kristin Bergenham-Page
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Hiking

We did from 5th Bridge to 6th Bridge at a 4.3 km/h, good path for a fast walk. Nice walking along the river.

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Allison Pon
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Marie Beresford-Lewis
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Lynne Marion
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Walking

This is a beautiful walk with great views of the canyon. The trail is fenced all along the canyon ridge for safety. While this trail doesn’t cover any significant elevation, it does have the option of some steady up and down sections to view the canyon, much like going up and down flights of stairs. The path has smooth rocks that could be quite slippery if wet. The walk along the Athabasca River was beautiful, and the water flowing through the canyon is mesmerizing.

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Kathryn Podgurny
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trail was good, though bc of covid is a one way between bridge 1 and 2, ...so you do bridge 2 first then bridge 1 or skip bridge 1 and just do bridges 2 to 6. loved the scenery between bridge 5 and 6, 7H is steep but the views are worth it on the way back... would do this trail again.

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Jiří Tvrdoň
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Ian Blanchard
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Nice hike.

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Eric Rivard
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Beau parcours. 7.5km. La portion old port est juste correct sans plus

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Kiwii Shiu
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Scott McLeod
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We found this beautiful but very busy...watch out for the ‘rona!!

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Corey De La Mare
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Easy family walk, extended it to flower loop near the Athabasca River - added in a few extra KMs. Lots of wild flowers and good views of Pyramid and Whistler’s Peak. Easy quick walk of 10 km.

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fitzy bird
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Really enjoyed this, recommend doing the whole thing right to the 6th bridge. All kinds of dramatic canyon and waterfall scenery for the first 4 bridges or so, then it's a lovely, easy walk through the forest for the last longer piece. We came back the same way we went, rather than taking the loop away from the canyon, so saw all of the falls again on the way back. Lots of bugs.

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Tyler Brady
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A nice hike, busy at the start but very quiet for the last half on the way out. I would say on the easy side of moderate. We enjoyed it. 1 hour, 50 minutes with about a 20 min break at the turnaround point.

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Lisa Nantais
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This is a great, fairly easy hike. If you park at Sixth Bridge to start/end the hike, you can avoid the large summertime crowds at the main parking lot at Maligne Canyon. The first section is a straight in and out trail until you reach Fifth Bridge where it then turns into a loop. From the 5th bridge the trail has more sun exposure with a bit of a steep/narrow section to the 4th bridge area. From here to the first bridge, you have gorgeous views of the deepest canyon in the Rockies (55 m) and Bridal Veil Falls. In the winter, you can take a tour into the frozen canyon which is super cool.

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Anett & Mark E-G
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Trail was moderately used and slight thaw was evident so be aware of icy snow and ice patches. Most of this trail is guarded by a fence that runs alongside Maligne River and is very easy to follow. You will come across a gate off the main fence which encourages the use of helmets and cleats if you're going into the canyon area. It also recommends having a guide. My partner and I had both crampons and poles as we navigated through the canyon without a guide. If you're careful it might not be necessary to have a guide but it's not a bad idea. The ice felt very stable and we were sure to leave the trail when it melted into water. This trail isn't known for spectacular views of the mountains but is a nice winter stroll with its gentle inclines. Bring crampons, poles, and expect it to take a couple hrs if you're stopping for photos! Enjoy!

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Isabelle Goodine
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We had a unusual warm January hike! Very quiet (we started at 10 am ish), took our time and got back to the car at around 2:15. Went off the trail to look at the waterfall and play around in the canyon. Beautiful heavy snow and some sun at the end! More people were at the end as it is a popular tourist site, but only passed maybe three groups of people.

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Nick McDearis
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Well maintained trail but there are a lot of intersecting trails so you can take the wrong one easily. Beautiful though!

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Alasdair Shinner
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Great walk. Took 7h outbound and back via the bridges. Lots of people at the end but quiet until that point.

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Janet Coelho
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Beautiful walk, we did the forest part as well as the canyon part, lots of non walking tourists at the parts closest to the carparks but the rest of the walk is peaceful and stunning.

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Monique Ruiz
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Great trail with amazing views of river throughout! Highly recommend.

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Jonathan Pashko
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Good trail, not too many people. Not a single mosquito.

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frederica xu
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