The Valley of the Five Lakes hike offers Beautiful 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 parking area, trailhead, and some areas of the hiking trail have been refreshed for Canada's 150 in 2017.
The Hike Start your hike from the parking area, following the wide path through the forest, meeting a bridge over the Wabasso Creek.
2010's New Hiking Bridge
The below section of hiking trail ascends a more winding route in 2017. This refresh assists in both restoration of the area(previously straight up), as well as a gentler first elevation gain.
Several sections of the Valley of the Five Lakes hiking trail contain both elevation gains and losses among small boulders.
These areas require special attention to footing and ankle support, especially in wet or muddy hiking conditions.
The Beautiful Lakes Hike up to the junction where the route starts a circuit around three of the lakes. You can choose to hike either counter or clockwise at this junction.
The Third and Fourth lakes are considered the highlights.
When hiking down to the narrow land between fourth and fifth Lakes, you will come across a minor path that goes towards the fifth Lake.
The hiking trail will rise over ridges either way, bringing you back to the circuit junction again, completing the Valley trail's loop. This should be a familiar area that returns hiking towards the trailhead and parking area.
The five lakes each vary in beautiful shades of green and blue that naturally appear this way because of the glacial rock dust that colors all of the lakes and rivers in the area, along with special algae and other contributing factors.
These stunning lakes are a "must see" in Jasper National Park, as they are considered one of Canada's natural wonders.
We have been stopped by Bears near the 1st bridge on several hikes at Valley of the Five Lakes; having to turn back. Bears frequent the Valley of the Five Lakes in the spring and late Summer.
There are lots of springs, vegetation and cover that offer wildlife natural needs that we also find appealing. In July and August, Bears frequent areas near the Valley of the Five Lakes Trail for the abundant berry crops.