Hiking in Jasper National Park.

Valley of the Five Lakes

Valley of the Five Lakes

Summary:

The Valley of the Five Lakes hike offers clear lakes with unique shades of jade and blue.
Hiking Distance      The Valley of the Five Lakes loop is a 4.5km circuit.
Hiking Time      It will take 1.5 to 2 hours to complete this hiking circuit.
66 m Elevation gain.

Getting There
You will find the Valley of the Five Lakes hike simply along the Icefields Parkway, just under 9km south of the traffic lights at Jasper.



The Hike
Start your hike from the parking area, following the wide path through the forest, meeting a bridge over the Wabasso Creek. Hike up to a junction where the route starts a circuit around three of the lakes. We prefer to go clockwise, starting by hiking left at this junction. The third and fourth lakes are the highlights.

Hike across a ridge, passing between the first and second lakes.



At the next junction, hike towards the right, completing the trail's loop.

Keep hiking south, past the east shore of the second, third and fourth lakes.



Hike down to the narrow land between fourth and fifth Lakes. There is a minor hiking path that goes left towards the fifth Lake. The hiking trail ahead rises over ridges bringing you back to the circuit junction again. Just keep hiking towards the left to return to the parking area.








We were stopped by a Bear shortly after crossing the 1st bridge on our first hike here, having to turn back. Bears are frequently seen here in the spring.





There are lots of springs and cover that offer wildlife natural needs that we also find appealing.






In late August, we came across two Grizzly siblings about 3km south of the Valley of the Five Lakes Trail.



Valley of Five Lakes Hiking Trail Map