October 1, 2020
- distance – 4.6 km ( 3 miles) to 9.3 km ( 5 3/4 miles)
- elevation gain/loss – 66 meters ( 216.5 feet)
- Trailhead – 9 km South of Jasper townsite
- rating – easy to moderate with some steep sections
We chose to stay away from this trail in June as it is a very popular trail. Many non-hikers come here to walk with children and pets in tow and many wear street shoes, flip flops and open toes sandals. This is not a recommendation to do the same, as there are many rocks and roots on the trail and injuries are possible, if you are not careful
On this day, the weather was again sparkling and we knew the lakes would be filled with colour, so we set off early. Despite, this there were still a large number of cars already in the parking lot.
The walk in from the parking lot is .9 km. The paths are fairly easy at this point and the paths were sun dappled.
Just before the main trail, you arrive at a marshy area with a boardwalk bridge spanning it. The colours of the shrubs and grasses screamed autumn and we were amazed how tall the shrubs had grown up since our last visit in May 2019. Apologies for the lens flares on shot 4, but I do like to shoot into the sun.
Just after the boardwalk, you meet the main trail and have 2 options, clockwise and see the lakes from 1-5 or counterclockwise and see the lakes from 5-1. That’s right, no naming difficulty here…First Lake, Second Lake, Third Lake, Fourth Lake, Fifth Lake. We always go counterclockwise as we feel this route gives the best views and less congestion.
We were now back in the trees and the path steepened. Squirrels were scampering about doing their fall squirrel things and we lost and gained our 66 meters a few times. The body of water in this slide show is a small pond and not one of the five lakes.
At long last, we arrived at Fifth Lake and the views and colours were stunning. The white spots you see on some of the shots are not an indication of a dirty camera lens. There was all kinds of plant fluff in the area, as plants and flowers did their best to propagate.
Right after Fifth Lake, came Fourth Lake, surprise! At the far end, you will see a small outlet that leads to Third Lake.
After walking along beside Fourth Lake, we stopped to play awhile at Third Lake. The reflections in the still water were stunning.
The Parks Canada Red Chairs were situated on a the land between Third and Second Lakes. Second Lake was just as beautiful as the others.
At First Lake you have a choice to make, walk between Second and First Lakes and back to the car park (short loop) or continue on down First Lake (much longer and quite boring actually, as we have done this before) and take the long way home….or continue on to Old Fort Point, even longer.
We opted for lunch at First Lake (next post) and paused beside the lake for a while.
Lunch over, we completed our walk back to the car.
A very satisfying hike with only a few awkward physical distancing issues.