Overlooking Maligne Lake

Opal Hills

Opal Hills

The autumn is a great time to catch up on the hikes that we missed dur­ing the sum­mer hec­tic rush. Jasper slows down and the trails are not as trav­eled, so it feels like you own a pri­vate reserve.

View of Maligne Lake

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This trail is one of the pop­u­lar one at Maligne Lake, where you can have an amaz­ing view of the Lake from an ele­va­tion of approx­i­mate­ly 2,700 meters. If you ven­ture past tree line, the unob­struct­ed view across the val­ley is where you see the start of the Six-trail pass, Sky­line trail and much more.


The day we picked was just close to per­fect as the weath­er was cool and the skies were blue. This year has brought us an unusu­al amount of pre­cip­i­ta­tion, so need­less to say that any blue-sky day is a good day. With the ele­va­tion at Maligne Lake, the moist con­di­tions were show­ing with the moun­tain peaks cov­ered with snow. Get­ting back to the hike, Opal Hills loop is only 8.5 kilo­me­tres, but very steep. Fast ele­va­tions gain to tree­line then a gen­tle ter­rain on sub-alpine part of the loop. If you want to get any high­er, you can try and sum­mit the peak of Opal, anoth­er steep hike and a lit­tle more time.

Sil­ly me, for­get­ting to bring gaiters for the snow and if you do this one in the sum­mer and want to bag the peak, the gaiters will help with the scree (loose rocks). Any­how the snow was not that deep, so I only got slight­ly wet. The loop did not take more than 5 hours, so this makes it a great day trip just to enjoy the area. Enjoy the pho­tos that were tak­en that day.


Access: Mail­gne Lake Road, from Jasper, 48 km South

Park­ing: Yes

Trail­head: Trail starts at first park­ing lot

Dis­tance: 8.5 km loop

Activ­i­ties: Hik­ing / Sights



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