"Day hikes in Jasper National Park" Hikes /Trails Tip by sunnywong

Hikes /Trails, Jasper National Park: 6 reviews and 6 photos

Favorite thing: One of Jasper's best day hikes, the Opal Hills Circuit (8.2km round trip, 460m vertical ascent), starts from the picnic area to the left of the uppermost Maligne Lake car park, 48km east of Jasper. After a blood-pumping haul up the first steep slopes, the trail negotiates alpine meadows and offers sweeping views of the lake before reaching an elevation of 2160m; the trip takes about four hours, but you could easily spend all day loafing around the meadows.

Fondest memory: The Bald Hills Trail (5.2km one way, 480m vertical) starts with a monotonous plod along a fire road from the same car park, but ends with what Mary Schaffer, one of the area's first white explorers, described as "the finest view any of us had ever beheld in the Rockies;" allow four hours for the round trip, which goes as high as 2170m.

Address: Jasper National Park

Review Helpfulness: 2.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Feb 25, 2003
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