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Maligne Canyon Loop Trail

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Jasper National Park

Maligne Canyon Loop Trail is a 2.1 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, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from April until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 2.1 miles Elevation Gain: 387 feet Route Type: Loop

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nature trips

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bird watching

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Maligne Canyon is a spectacularly beautiful place to go for a hike and marvel at this incredible natural wonder and there are plenty of photo opportunities along this scenic trail. The canyon is located only a ten minute drive from the town of Jasper and is easily accessible. It's a popular place for visitors to explore, but if you arrive early in the morning (7:30 or 8 am), you will beat most of the crowds. You can start the hike from various points along the canyon. The trail follows alongside the canyon the entire hike and the scenery gets more and more beautiful the closer you get to the First Bridge. Although there is some elevation gain, the inclines were fairly gentle and nothing too difficult or steep at all. The narrow canyon is so deep and beautiful and the surrounding scenery is gorgeous! It is incredible to imagine how the power of water had eroded and carved this gorge over many years. Maligne can be a good alternative to Johnston Canyon in Banff - some find it more breathtaking and less crowded and touristy. There are incredible viewpoints of the canyon from the Fourth, Third, Second and First Bridges and at various points along the way too. There are bathrooms at the trailhead of the Fifth and First Bridges in the parking area and a restaurant near the First Bridge as well. The hike from the Fifth Bridge to the First and back takes around 2.5 hours including many stops for taking photos and admiring the awe-inspiring natural beauty. If you are staying in Jasper, Maligne Canyon is definitely worth exploring.

What a great hike! Will be coming back here again. Loved all the waterfalls and trails. A little congested at the beginning with all the photo spots. Not too tough of a hike.

hiking
1 day ago

Beautiful walk. Fast running water and a few bridges, we even saw few elk quite close! (they were being shooed away by animal control). Very touristy though and people arent great a following the directional signs.

muddy
2 days ago

Nice trail, busy as others have said. Straight up elevation returning on 7h (but due to that, very few people), and definitely worth it for the view. Muddy past 3rd down to 5th.

hiking
2 days ago

This is a pretty easy hike. We made I longer by going to bridge 6 which to be honest wasn’t necessary. If you don’t go there you’re it missing out. The falls and rapids are great to see as well as how the water has carved out the rock. I will be going back in the winter when it is frozen over and you can actually go up the canyon floor.

hiking
2 days ago

A good moderate trail for moderate folk like myself. There are 2 trails - #7 along the canyon and #7f along the ridge. #7 is more strenuous as you need to descend (but moderately) to the canyon bottom and then ascend. #7f is more or a stroll with a few inclines and spectacular mountain views. Recommend taking 7 to the end and 7f back. Two totally different hikes for the price of one location.

hiking
5 days ago

Nice and well marked trail. The kiddos has a lot of fun looking for fossils. Happy hiking!

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bugs
muddy
5 days ago

July 2, 2020 Even on a soggy, rainy day during covid restrictions, this place was crowded. Trails were muddy and slippery. Still worth seeing though. With all the rain, the canyon was more spectacular than usual.

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bugs
8 days ago

Great hike. Got slightly mixed up and missed the path back to the First/Second bridge parking lot. The bugs/ mosquitoes were bad on the “error” part of our trek out towards Bridge 6. The straight up section after bridge 5 is a tough go but the views are worth it. And it’s a quick way back to the parking lot. Save some of your water for that portion.

hiking
8 days ago

Good trail- bit of both trees and water. Quite busy though.

hiking
muddy
10 days ago

Nice views of Maligne Canyon along the start, we went to the left first and then moderate second leg till the end point with a bit of elevation to get you off the busy path!

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muddy
14 days ago

15 days ago

Beautiful trail! Great views of the river and waterfalls. Fairly touristy walk/hike, so expect a decent amount of people to be there, especially during peak hours. We walked down along the main trail, looped around and took the higher trail back.

hiking
16 days ago

Reallly enjoyed this hike. No one around and no one on a good half of the trail. Bear on one of the bridges so wildlife is out and about.

hiking
17 days ago

Great bang for your buck for a pull-over-and-stroll. Some amazing vantage points for the gully’s development. That said, if you can come and visit in the next two wks — make sure you do...because it was soooo quiet. And if you can’t, just wait til the next global pandemic.

hiking
17 days ago

Easy to moderate hike, definitely beautiful scenery! Relatively busy but that was expected.

24 days ago

Absolutely gorgeous paved trail, with safety barriers. Super easy though, but beautiful nonetheless!

hiking
30 days ago

needs better signs. went into the one way direction

hiking
1 month ago

Sunny. June, 2006.

1 month ago

Late morning makes for the best photography.

hiking
muddy
1 month ago

Lots of people, but waterfalls are always awesome

hiking
1 month ago

Awesome trail! Happily lost my way for a bit down the river but just backtracked the trail. Breathtaking views and full of wildlife

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icy
3 months ago

icy
4 months ago

Sweet canyon, very busy when I was there

icy
rocky
4 months ago

Fun easy trail. If you do it in the winter a nice set of crampons/ ice cleats is a must. Tons of people slipping and sliding all over the place but we had no troubles. Can't wait to try it again in the summer.

hiking
5 months ago

Great, easy trail for a January afternoon! Two hikers and two non-hikers went together and we all had a great time. There was snow; but it was mostly packed and manageable!

hiking
icy
snow
6 months ago

Great hike. from the parking lot to bridge 5 is just easy. Part of the canyon accesible, some slippery parts. We took 7h back to the parking lot. This was the hardest part. You go uphill plus few others had travelled it and there was some fresh snow.

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snow
6 months ago

We had a wonderful hike, breaking trail in deep snow. We used crampons for navigating the steep snowy hills. The temperature was a balmy -2 and it snowed the entire hike. It was a beautiful Christmasey hike. We were unable to hike all the way back up to through the canyon on the river as there was open, flowing water, so we opted to hike the river downstream to the tiny flowing waterfalls, and then back up along the upper trail. 3 of the best hours spent in the mountains on a snowy day. So serene and beautiful, can’t wait until next time!

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