Explore Maligne Canyon
Canada › Maligne Canyon Trailhead (Trail #7)
Added by Jonathan Sinclair
Duration: 6km roundtrip from 6th BridgeMaligne Canyon is one of the deepest river canyons found in the Canadian RockiesLargest karst springs known in Canada
This canyon, although spectacular during the spring and summer as water thrashes through the canyons, should be explored in the off-season (mid-fall to late spring) to avoid masses of tourists. In addition to it being quieter, when the water levels recede, unique geological formations can be seen like water seeping out of rock walls, alternating sections of running water and dry river bed, water that disappears underground.
To get to the trail head, from the Town of Jasper, travel on Highway 16 towards Edmonton 1.8 km past the east Jasper exit to the Maligne Lake Road. On the Maligne Lake road travel 2.1 km and then turn left at the Sixth Bridge sign. From the parking lot, which has toilets, and picnic areas, walk across the bridge and turn right on Maligne Canyon Trail (Trail #7). From this part of the hike, the elevation gain is approximately 110m, so allow around 3+ hours return, and more if you want to photograph and explore all the hidden areas. The trail runs upstream along the Maligne River towards the Canyon. Along the the trail you can see several underground creeks surface and enter into the Maligne River. Follow the trail until it starts heading downhill into the canyon and continue walking until the canyon narrows. At this part of the hike, the area is fenced with steel guards for safety. Do not climb over the guard rail as falling into the canyon can be fatal and the rocks are extremely slippery. The largest waterfalls are located above third bridge.
From first bridge, to return to the parking lot and get away from the crowded canyon areas, hike on Trail #7h for 1.6km until it reconnects with Trail #7. The hike is 6km return and brings you through forests, canyons, and hills sides, and offers spectacular sights.
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