A short 6+ km hiking in the snow or should I say a lack of this year. Follow the cabin creek on trail 3 to the west and the first lake you will encounter is Minnow Lake, then a 1 km past that is Hibernia lake. Snowshoe tracks was spotted, but the packed trail by steady use did not need the snowshoes. Nice place for a picnic, even in the winter.
Access: From Jasper, head South, Maligne Lake road, 35km
Trailhead: Parking pullouts along the stretch of the lake
Distance: Short Walk
Winter is a wonderful time to explore this area where you can roam over the frozen lake and discover some interesting areas like the canyon that is not reachable in the summer. The outlet of Maligne River is another area to explore, years ago, the caribou’s hang out here to forage for food. Have not seen them for a while here, but they move area to area.
Winter destination resort and open to public for winter activities. The skating area is maintained by Pyramid Lake Resort, they even have curling with wood stumps. There is horse drawn sleds to pull you around the lake for that romantic setting. Usually Jasper in January sets up some extra activities like dog sledding and mini festivals.
An exploratory trip to the ridge from Pyramid lake was fun and new. I guess venture beyond goes with this post. We found some isothermal snow, meaning the snow is constant temperature throughout the snowpack and if you step in it when it is soft, you will punch right through. Even snowshoes will not help float you. Once we cleared the tree areas to the open areas, the snow was packed better. You will run into different snowpack where ever you go, so be prepared.