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Valley of the Five Lakes Loop from Icefields Parkway

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Jasper National Park

Valley of the Five Lakes Loop from Icefields Parkway is a 3.3 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Jasper, Alberta, Canada that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 3.3 mi Elevation gain 574 ft Route type Loop

Dogs on leash

Kid friendly

Hiking

Nature trips

Walking

Bird watching

Forest

Lake

Views

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Muddy

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The trail starts off by passing through the forest and then crossing a wooden footbridge over a tall grassy and marshy area before gently climbing back into the forest. At the junction, you can either start the loop around the lakes clockwise or counter clockwise. This route takes the path to the right and goes counter clockwise, starting at the fifth lake and going around the first. The trail consists of some steeper uphill and downhill sections along with some flatter areas in between but it is not too difficult. Upon reaching the fifth lake, the trail follows a narrow ridge along the side of a hill which provides amazing views of the lakes and gorgeous mountain landscape. All five lakes are absolutely beautiful and awe-inspiring and you will love the vibrant colour of the water in unique shades of blue and green and how crystal clear they are. There are beautiful reflections of the surrounding mountains and pine trees on the calm water's surface which makes for some lovely photos. These lakes are among some of the most breathtaking in the Rockies. When you get to the first lake, continue along Trail 9B to loop back around to the trailhead unless you are looking for a longer hike around the first lake, then take Trail 9A. It takes around 1 hour and 45 minutes to complete the hike including many stops to take photos and admire the natural beauty around me. These stunning lakes are definitely a must-see and well worth a visit in Jasper.

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Courtney MacLean
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HikingGreat!Rocky

Lovely little hike just outside Jasper that brings you to FIVE beautiful mountain lakes! The colour of the water is absolutely gorgeous. Some steeper uphill and downhill parts with rocks and/or roots but nothing too crazy. We hiked this yesterday and had perfect weather to take a dip in the fifth lake by jumping off the dock.

Marriam Tariq
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HikingGreat!

The lakes are absolutely stunning, not a hard hike at all. Highly recommend!

Eric Rivard
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Hiking

Tres bien. Belles vues

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Bianca Brugioni
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super easy and beautiful on a sunny day. take something for a dip in the lake on a hot day!

Chulwoo Kim
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HikingBugs

beautiful lakes

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Mirayah Miguel
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HikingGreat!
David Eliuk
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HikingGreat!

Completed this trail JUL 21 with the family (kids 9, 7, 4). completed this in a clockwise direction. Loads of parking onsite. Trail was in great shape and there were very few bugs. Trail was busy even though we started around 10am. There is a great little pier and lookout at lake 5 that the kids loved. Pretty easy hike for all 3 kids and 4 only had to be carried for brief periods. The lakes are gorgeous and picturesque.

Sharrah T
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Nature tripsGreat!

My sister and I did this on our weekend get away this past weekend. It was heavily trafficked but most people were being respectful of the 2 meter rule. We only did the lakes 2 to 5 loop but it was gorgeous. When the sun hits the lakes the bottoms illuminate and glow a beautiful blue green. The terrain is fairly easy to navigate and the conditions were excellent, beginner friendly for sure but also interesting enough for the more seasoned hiker. There is a little row boat on the 5th lake that you can rent also. The whole loop took us about 2 hours but we stopped for many photos along the way.

Cheryl Dobranski
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Hiking

Short hike I did in the evening. Beautiful lakes and views. A couple steep and rocky sections but remains beginner friendly.

Liam Gainey
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Hiking

There are many steep sections but this is a pretty trail. I’d do it before something like Edith Cavell, which is more difficult but also much more beautiful

Natasha boesel
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Hiking

We went early to avoid the crowds! Great views easy hike with some steeper sections.

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Trevor Rein
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HikingMuddyRocky

This trail was great with our two dogs. Very busy in some parts though.

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Shandi Covell
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Hiking

Busy and buggy but beautiful!

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Kyra Beaty
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Definitely go early as it gets busy! it's a nice walk around the different lakes. water is a beautiful color, some steep inclines so good shoes recommended. overall a nice hike and not too far from town

Isa 64
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HikingGreat!

5 beautiful lakes, colors topnotch. very easy hike. swam in lake #1. started with 5th lake

Taylor McLeod
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Great walk! The loop takes you past all 5 lakes. A few good areas for swimming too! There is a dock to jump off of on the one lake, but it was very busy. All in all, good easy walk for the afternoon.

Julie Park
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Hiking

So many bugs. Bring all the bug spray

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Dion Keegan
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First and foremost, would highly recommend getting to this location early as the parking lot does fill up fairly quickly. The beginning of the hike is fairly easy, standard walking trail nestled within the trees. Eventually you find yourself crossing a small wooden bridge and starting the climb upwards on a hill face that brings you to a fork in the path. There are two paths you can choose. 9a and 9b. Both paths take you either clock wise or counter clock wise. By taking 9a it takes you to the first lake, which is actually the furthest lake (highly recommend taking 9b because of this). When you get to the lakes, it is very clear water, beautiful smells and easy trail to hike! It is not stroller friendly but it is family friendly if all able bodies are walking. I would highly recommend this location

Ryan Oren
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Mountain biking

Great

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Brandi-lynn Clark
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HikingBugsGreat!RockyScramble

Trail was a lot of up hills/ rocky areas but getting to the end to see lakes it is beautiful However the restrooms could use a good clean and people learning how to aim would be fantastic!! The smell could be smelt 10 ft away!! Was busy but for the most part people were good keeping space away from us

Natasha G.
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Alma Chan
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HikingBugsGreat!

Easy hike. Did this Aug 1. We arrived at 5 pm. It wasn’t too busy. We started at the first lake and went clockwise. We went into all 5 lakes. The water was very warm for all of them and absolutely beautiful and clear. The second lake was a bit tricky to get into but the rest had good entry points. By the time we were on our way back, around 7, the bugs were quite bad. Otherwise it’s a great hike.

Ange Vogell
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Hiking

Easy hike with the family. We have a 5 yr old and 7 yr old. We started the trail at 10 am to avoid “buggy” times as the sun was out and the weather was already hot. The color of the lakes were beautiful. Trail is narrow at some parts so tough to physically distance. Nice mix of shaded areas and open areas. Parking lot was fairly empty when we started but was full and people were waiting for spots when we left just before noon.

Mimi F.
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HikingGreat!

This was a beautiful hike to do on a sunny summer day. We started the hike around 10 to avoid the crowds, since the trail can get fairly busy in the afternoon. The lakes were a stunning colour, and most of the trail is tree-covered, so it was quite pleasant, despite being a hot day. I’d consider this a must do. Each lake is gorgeous, and coming across one lake after another makes the trail very entertaining.

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