• Samuel De Sira

Valley of the Five Lakes

Technical Difficulty: Easy

Endurance Difficulty: Easy/moderate

Distance: 5.3km

Type: Loop

Time: 1-2 hours

Elevation Gain: 175m

Located in jasper, Alberta, there are two routes possible for this journey. One starts from near town at the Old Fort Point trailhead, whilst the one I am going to talk about starts from the Icefields Parkway and is a few hours quicker.

Starting from the parking lot off the Icefields Parkway (roughly 15mins from the town of Jasper), the trail head will take you around all five lakes as a loop. When you meet the first fork, you can go either way however I would suggest going clockwise for simplicity. Turn left, follow the path to the first lake before turning right to be able to view lakes 2, 3, 4 and 5! If you forget to turn right at the first lake you will continue along the path back toward town (where the Old Fort Point trail comes from). It's quite easy to do this as the lake is gorgeous and you will find yourself walking along the perimeter of it without even thinking, just as myself and my crew did! Just remember to turn around and head back on the main loop trail to avoid the long trek back into town and away from where you parked! Follow signage and you will have no problem.

The trail is easy to navigate and fairly flat for the most part. A couple of steep sections will greet you when entering the trail and exiting; apart from this the trek is cruisy and the lakes are stunning, especially the vibrant turquoise and green hues. Well worth a visit as a cheeky and quick hike/exercise whilst enjoying the incredible wildlife and natural beauty of Jasper National Park. The trail features a couple of red chairs too which you can be sure to get a quick snap for the Insta feed.

Hiking poles not necessary.

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