Mary Schaffer Loop Trail

Difficulty
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Moderate
Duration
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1h
Distance
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3.2 km
Elevation
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84 m
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Directions to Trailhead

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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Route Description for Mary Schaffer Loop Trail

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 200 m to the shore and hike along the well-worn path, admiring the activity on the water. Continue along the trail for another 800 m before curving left into a small cove area.

From the cove, the trail meets a small junction that leads 150 m 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.

Getting to the Mary Schaffer Loop Trail Trailhead

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.

Route Information

  • 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

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