Mary Schaffer Loop Trail
Mary Schaffer

Mary Schaffer Loop Trail

Jasper National Park
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Mary Schaffer Loop Trail

Mary Schaffer Loop Trail

Distance: 2.0mi
Elevation: 276ft
Time: 1h

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The Mary Schaffer loop trail is a gentle circuit that explores the shores of Maligne Lake, offering interpretive signage and great views away from the main viewing area. You’ll see boat tours and paddlers out on the incredible waters as you pass by in the forest.

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Getting there

From the town of Jasper, take Highway 16 eastbound towards Hinton. Turn right onto Maligne Lake Road and follow this road through the winding scenery until you reach Maligne Lake. Turn into the first parking area for day visitors and boat trips. The trail starts by the historic boathouse at the main viewpoint.

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When to do

April-September

Backcountry Campsites

No

Pets allowed

Yes - On Leash

Family friendly

Yes

Route Signage

Poor

Crowd Levels

High

Route Type

Circuit


Mary Schaffer Loop Trail
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Mary Schaffer Loop Hike Description

The Mary Schaffer Loop trail is named after the woman who first visited the lake in 1908 after hearing lore of it from the Stoney First Nations people. The interpretive trail begins at the historic boathouse, where the main viewpoint of the lake is. Travel 656ft to the shore and hike along the well-worn path, admiring the activity on the water. Continue along the trail for another 2625ft before curving left into a small cove area.

From the cove, the trail meets a small junction that leads 492ft down to the cove’s beach if you choose to take a break here and enjoy the scenery. Return to the junction and follow the trail into the woods as it makes its way back to the trailhead and main parking lot.

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