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7.8 mile round trip hike with 2000' of elevation gainPanoramic views of Maligne Lake and the Queen Elizabeth RangesDelicate alpine wildflowers and heathered meadows
Bald Hills is a destination that exudes what Jasper is all about. With views of Maligne Lake, the Queen Elizabeth Ranges, glaciers, forest and alpine meadowlands, it is a feast for the eyes.
An early start is advisable to beat the heat and the tourist during the busy summer season. Bring plenty of water for the day as there is none on this hot dusty route. Also bug replellent is a must. The mosquitos here are relentless.
Set out on the broad fire road heading generally west. About 45 minutes up (1.6 miles) there is an optional cutoff trail that branches left. The trail is steeper but more pleasant than the fire road. It is also less busy. At 2.6 miles you’ll intersect the fire road. Continue east as you approach the first Bald Hill. The Bald Hills are actually a ridge 4.3 miles long. From here you can wander the ridge line to attain better 360 degree vistas and escape mounted tourists. It’s also pretty windy on this exposed ridge so make sure to bring a windbreaker. In another .6 mile and 500’ of climbing, you will summit the next Bald Hill at an elevation of 7610’. From the large cairn continue right to see the Evelyn Creek Valley to southwest and the whole Maligne Range to the west.
After having your fill of the expansive vistas, head back down the ridge and you will see a use trail to the right in the grassy heathered meadow below the ridge line trail. Follow this trail back to the fire road and the cutoff trail you ascended.
This hike is doable in all seasons but be sure to check weather and avalanche conditions before heading out in the winter.
- Plenty of water
- Bug Repellent
- Bear Spray
- Sturdy Hiking Boots
- Trekking Poles
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