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Valley of Five Lakes and First Lake

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Jasper National Park

Valley of Five Lakes and First Lake is a 5.1 mile heavily 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: 5.1 miles Elevation Gain: 797 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

fishing

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

walking

beach

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

hiking
13 minutes ago

Great views. Easy hike that the whole family can enjoy. Will do this one again.

hiking
bugs
1 day ago

Great trail. All 5 lakes are the beautiful blue shades I’ve come to expect in Canada! So pretty. I did short cut and went lakes 5 to 2 and saw 1 and went down the 9b path cutting off the circuit of lake 1. It was enough blue lakes for me... made it about 5.5km as per my tracker. Great hike for families and there were lots of them on the trail. Kids should cope fine with it. Not too strenuous.

hiking
4 days ago

A little muddy around fifth to second lake. I think fourth lake is the best view then you can shortcut after second lake to cut the time shorter

hiking
bugs
muddy
4 days ago

Very muddy around the 1st lake. Suggest staying on old fort point path (9) instead of (9a) on the north side of first lake. Other wise a great hike.

hiking
7 days ago

This is my favorite hike I’ve ever done. We went clockwise starting at Lake 1 finishing at Lake 5. All of them were stunning in their own way. Loved how the view changed depending on where you were on the trail. We went early (9:30am) so it wasn’t too crowded. There was a bear in the distance between Lake 4 and 5 so just be aware. Some of the hills are tough so make sure you have water. A must see though.

hiking
7 days ago

Trail is in perfect shape with not many people.

mountain biking
muddy
over grown
8 days ago

The trail and lakes were beautiful but parts of the trail were not made for biking! A lot of rocks that were too big to ride over so we spent a lot of time dismounting and pushing the bikes up/down the rocky parts. It was busy but not overcrowded!

nice easy hike, lots of mosquito's though especially near 1st lake

hiking
13 days ago

Great trail - a very easy hike but the lakes are amazing.

hiking
17 days ago

June 20 2020 Beautiful trail. After you pass first lake in counter clockwise direction of trail, there was a large mud hole. Had to walk around it. Not stroller friendly. I'll have to go back with my bike.

The lakes and mountain views are beautiful. Little bit of an uphill gets you sweating but not strenuous. Family friendly. Would recommend for people who are driving through the area because it's not too long. Lots of photo opportunities and swimming spots. The water was cold but very exciting to take a dip in!

hiking
17 days ago

Short segment of muddy trail. Rest was fantastic. Great views of clear lakes. Very little elevation

Excellent hike for families.

Awesome hike! Explored all five lakes and it was a great experience. Highly recommended for nature lovers. Great hike for families.

20 days ago

Absolutely gorgeous trail with each lake offering unique colors and vistas. Easy trails and should be okay for younger children and older adults. Completely worth the time to do this. Bring a good camera to capture the stunning lake colors!

hiking
muddy
1 month ago

Fun easy trail, nice views. We went clockwise and then continued on the other “5 lakes trail” so we ended up going about 9k and it was like 3 and a bit hours with stopping. There was plenty of reviews of bears so would definitely recommend bear spray. There was some pretty muddy parts but I’m sure they’ll dry up soon other then that was lovely definitely recommend

Very nice little hike, the lakes are beautiful. Saw a bear on the trail so make sure you have bear spray.

so nice that there’s no people out right now

hiking
muddy
2 months ago

some sections towards the end of the first lake we're muddy. other than that, trails we're in very good condition

hiking
icy
snow
4 months ago

Was a nice winter hike. Didn’t need our snowshoes but was glad for the crampons. Trail was mostly well packed and therefore also icy in spots.

hiking
icy
over grown
snow
6 months ago

hiking
8 months ago

An amazing walk with fantastic views. I'd recommend trying to go when there wont be many people. The paths are well tracked, but not paved.

walking
rocky
8 months ago

Easy trail to follow, rocky patches in places. We did the reverse of what this trail suggests. Couldn’t really see much of the first lake due to tree coverage but the rest of the lakes were really pretty and had lovely colours to them (even on a cloudy day) Walked 24th Oct.

hiking
muddy
8 months ago

Good hike if you haven’t been to Banff. The lakes get more beautiful if you start at lake 1. At some places on the trail you are very exposed to the wind. The forest is nothing special, there are a lot of dead trees that are squeeking. The trail is muddy at the beginning, but gets better in the middle. The water of the lakes have a pretty colour.

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