Valley of the Five Lakes
Valley of the Five Lakes

Valley of the Five Lakes hike

Jasper National Park
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Valley of the Five Lakes hike

Distance: 5.7km
Elevation: 156m
Time: 1-2 h

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The Valley of the Five Lakes hike is an easy, enjoyable hike in Jasper that leads to five different stunning alpine lakes. The vibrant greens and blues of the water make each lake better than the next, and the whole family can enjoy the views without too much of a challenge.

Valley of the Five Lakes hike Map

Getting there

From Jasper, take Highway 93 south for just under 9.0km. The trailhead parking will be obvious on your left.

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When to do

June-October

Backcountry Campsites

No

Pets allowed

Yes - On Leash

Family friendly

Yes

Route Signage

Good

Crowd Levels

High

Route Type

Lollipop


Valley of the Five Lakes
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Route Description for Valley of the Five Lakes

The Valley of the Five Lakes hike is not especially challenging, but there are some steeper sections where holding the hands of young children may be required. Bears frequent the area in spring because of the berry bushes, so take all necessary precautions.

This beautiful hike features five pristine lakes in deep jade and blue, which are an awe-inspiring sight under the surrounding mountain peaks. You’ll begin from the parking lot, following the wide path that leads through the forest.

Continue through the forest on the obvious trail, eventually crossing over the Wabasso Creek Bridge. Shortly after, you’ll start to ascend switchbacks that were added to the trail in 2017 to make this section less steep. There are still sections where you’ll cross small to midsize boulders on the path, so watch your footing.

When you reach the junction, we recommend going clockwise. You’ll quickly reach the first lake. Note that the view is most limited here, so don’t feel like you need to linger before continuing along to the second lake. It gets better and better from here, as the third and fourth are considered to be the most beautiful. Have your camera ready!

The trail reaches the junction once again after the fifth lake. Follow the switchbacks down, cross the creek bridge, and continue through the forest until you reach the parking lot.

Insider Hints

  • Bring a picnic and enjoy a meal on a grassy stretch by one of the lakes.

  • Start early, as Valley of the Five Lakes is a very popular hike in Jasper.

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Otis Webster 8 months ago

Easy stroll without much challenge. The path was uneven, but it's not that hard to navigate the area.

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Michael M. 9 months ago

Stunning scenery. The rugged trail was a bit concerning but not that bad. Overall it's a positive experience.

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Matt Ducker 9 months ago

The emerald water of the lake was jaw-dropping. Very dreamy lake. Great for solo or group trips.

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Jaina L. 2 years ago

Glad it was sunny! It made everything perfect. This trail leads to five different stunning alpine lakes. So much to see and explore.

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Patrick Dumas 2 years ago

One of the easiest hikes we've done. We enjoyed the enormous views.

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Shelly Winston 2 years ago

The trails was nice and healthy. Safe for small children and dogs.

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