Valley of Five Lakes and Wabasso Lake is a 11.9 kilometer moderately trafficked loop trail located near Jasper, Alberta, Canada that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
11.9 km
ELEVATION GAIN
291 m
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

fishing

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

paddle sports

walking

beach

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

28 days ago

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

2 months ago

Very beautiful and easy hike! The trail is very heavily trafficked. I would suggest working your way from the left to right (first lake to fifth lake) unless you want to do a bit of an uphill climb.

2 months ago

Gorgeous easy hike... lot of traffic tho!

2 months ago

Amazing views. The kids enjoyed it a lot (5 & 8 years old). We took a shortcut when we reached the first lake (the largest). A total of 5.3 km instead of 11.

hiking
2 months ago

Did the 5 lakes yesterday. Very nice trail - mostly straight walking with a few hills here and there. We ended up seeing a black bear near lake 3!

hiking
2 months ago

Got on the trail early morning, almost nobody else was around, very relaxing walk. The lakes are worth checking out but get very busy.

2 months ago

Easy and beautiful

2 months ago

Probably our favorite hike because of the pretty lake views. We had 3 kids ages 6, 7, and 11. It was busy even late in the day. The couple ahead of us encountered a black bear on Trail 9a and turned back. We proceeded forward and never spotted the bear (probably because our youngest was crying so loud because she was tired). We did carry bear spray. The lakes are serene. Loved the little dock at 5th Lake.

3 months ago

Amazing view of the 5 lakes!

hiking
3 months ago

This is a pleasant trail that winds through a valley with many lakes. The 5 main lakes are that famous glacier blue color. Lakes 1, 4, & 5 are great for swimming in the summer (although perhaps a bit chilly). Aside from the lakes, you get lots of trees, valley views, and flowers. Not a ton of wildlife aside from squirrels and a few ptarmigans. Not a ton of elevation change, just a few mellow hills. The outer loop is a bit over 5 miles and there is a shorter inner loop that’s a little under 3 miles. I personally would opt for the longer loop as you get great views of Lake 1.

hiking
3 months ago

The All Trails write-up calls it a "moderately trafficked" trail. I would say it is a heavily traffic trail in the summer. Lots of people but beautiful lakes. If I am ever in the area again and it's a clear day, I'd hike it again!

3 months ago

Awesome and easy!

3 months ago

The first part of the hike was beautiful. The second part, extending the route along lake #1 was not as picturesque but was good exercise

hiking
3 months ago

Beautiful, fairly easy hike! All five lakes are very close together, only the hike to and from the hikes is a little longer. About 2-2.5 hours if you’re taking stops and pictures, so could be done quicker for sure! I did it twice in 6 weeks because I loved it so much!

walking
3 months ago

Highly recommended! I usually do the long hikes away from other humans but this ones lovely. The second lake is the best. I’ve never come across natural lakes fleuro hello/green it was great. I didn’t find too many people on the train. Maybe people every 5 minutes but the other reviews made it sound like there were crowds. Also the bears have been sighted here because their favourite berries are all over the place!

The other lake is almost 6km away from the 5 lakes so it’s doable if you want to double your trail.

4 months ago

The lakes are beautiful and people are actually jumping in for a swim! Perfect on a hot and sunny day! Come prepared if you want to go swimming. There is a presence 2 red Adirondack chairs to offer you the best spot to sit down and relax. Great hike for a family with young kids.

hiking
4 months ago

This is a great hike on a lovely day. Grateful that we took the first left after the bridge to go clockwise, avoiding much of the steep uphills. Turn right at the intersection with 2 "9" blazes and be prepared for a steep downhill and some muck close to the outflow creek. First Lake is stunning approached from the north end with views of the snow capped mountains. Found a pretty lakeside spot for lunch. The other lakes are pretty, too, especially Fifth Lake. The return from Fifth is rated difficult, but it's not terribly so. Bears reported close to the trail by other hikers, consequently being vigilant is recommended.

hiking
4 months ago

Great bang for your buck. Beautiful views, easy to do with kiddos, well maintained!

hiking
4 months ago

Trail is well maintained and rolls through the valley around the lakes. It was the Saturday of a Canada Day long weekend when we went so trail was quite busy. The lakes are small but still beautiful with typical wildlife. The hike is easy and accessible for all skill levels and ages.

hiking
5 months ago

Beautiful! It took a while to get to the first lake, but then all the lakes were within minutes of each other! Crystal clear water, perfect for a dip if you bring your swim gear!

5 months ago

What a wonderful hike. Defenetly bring your swimming stuff as the lakes are just incredible and just beg for a swim. We did the hike on a very warm and sunny day in May. The trail itself was in a very good condition.

Nice hike that was doable in the winter conditions early April. Some deep patches of snow, Wabasso lake was still totally frozen April 8, walked out to the island.

hiking
8 months ago

Nice hike mostly through woods with a lake every so often.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Great easy hike.

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Touristy & underwhelming.

hiking
Monday, October 23, 2017

Beautiful clear lakes, took a swim in the ice cold water

Wednesday, September 06, 2017

Nice stroll around some beautiful blue lakes

Thursday, August 03, 2017

We did this as an afternoon hike. the board says it is 13 km, but we found it was closer to 8.5 (we forgot to start recording at the stat and after our lunch break so our recording was a little incomplete). we went counter clockwise around the loop which would be great early in the morning before it gets busy, if you are going in the afternoon I would recommend the opposite direction as that allows some of he crowds to leave the busier area around the lakes before you get there and also puts you into the higher oldgrowth during he heat of he day. very beautiful hike overall the oldgrowth forest is stunning and the lakes are jewels. 5/5 would definitely recommend. lastly a word of warning, at the north end of first lake don't take the lake shore trail especially early in the season or after rains, as it was quite swampy and buggy even in the middle of a hot dry spell, the higher trail would be better.

hiking
Friday, June 30, 2017

Beautiful little trail close to Jasper. We took trail 9a and then 9. The lakes are spectacular! Plus the flora and fauna were in full bloom. So take bear spray and a bear bell as we came across scat.

hiking
Friday, June 16, 2017

Awesome easy hike.

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