Valley of Five Lakes and Wabasso Lake

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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

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
11 days 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
11 days ago

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

hiking
16 days 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
1 month 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!

1 month 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
4 months ago

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

8 months ago

Great easy hike.

8 months ago

Touristy & underwhelming.

hiking
8 months ago

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

10 months ago

Nice stroll around some beautiful blue lakes

11 months ago

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.

hiking
Thursday, May 25, 2017

Monday, May 15, 2017

My favorite hike in Canada so far!

Friday, May 12, 2017

Great way to spend a couple hours. Lots of diversity, beautiful lakes, quiet paths through the trees. Very nice way to spend a morning or afternoon.

hiking
Monday, October 10, 2016

One of my favorite hikes in Jasper. Most is a relatively easy hike, but has some steep sections.

Friday, September 16, 2016

Casual loop with crystal clear lakes. Very relaxing, easy up and down as you cross the valley and the ability to connect to other trails and detour the main trail is nice.

Sunday, September 04, 2016

Easy and beautiful

hiking
Thursday, July 28, 2016

Beautiful lakes! Seriously breathtaking. Lots of good spots to stop and eat lunch. We were able to do the full 5 lakes in under 2 hrs. Kept a pretty good pace tho.

Sunday, April 03, 2016

Did it with a 3 year old and a 4 year old today. They did great and everyone had a good time!

hiking
Saturday, March 26, 2016

As a beginner hiker I was a little surprised to see this classified as easy. Very beautiful and calming walk.

mountain biking
Thursday, January 21, 2016

I did this on MTB many many years ago.
It was raining and gloomy but we still had fun.

mountain biking
Sunday, October 25, 2015

This is a fairly busy trail, even in the shoulder seasons, so be aware. Some tough sections that can test your skills, depending on which of the trail options you choose.

hiking
Friday, August 14, 2015

As others have indicated, this hike is very busy! I went later in the afternoon (after 4pm) and it wasn't too crowded. There are beautiful views available; not only of the lakes, but also of the mountain ranges in the distance. Lots of bikes, would have loved to taken my bike on this trail - next time!

mountain biking
Tuesday, June 30, 2015

This was my first experience in the Rocky Mountains. Myself and two other friends did the valley of the five lakes trail.. Had an awesome time lots of great views. Nice easy hike.

hiking
Saturday, February 14, 2015

This hike is super commercial, as it is located so close to the town of Jasper and is a short well groomed trail.

If you are looking for a quick loop that gets you into nature, take this hike as anyone of any fitness level can complete it in a short period of time. The five lakes are beautiful, and I highly suggest working your way from left to right. It can get busy during the weekends, so your best time to go is a week day.

hiking
Thursday, July 05, 2012

This is a great hike, with 5 different lakes. Best time to go is early morning as after 11 am the parking lot is full, and the highway will have a hundred vehicles on the roadside. The trail itself in some areas only holds 1 person at a time to it is best to go early

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