Summit Lakes

Summit Lakes

If you like flow­ers, you should put this hike on your list of must do!
A short hike or a full on camp­ing and mul­ti day back­pack­ing. The access that I will men­tion is from Med­i­cine Lake on the Maligne val­ley lake road. Start at the south end of Med­i­cine Lake where there is a park­ing lot and day use area com­plete with a trail­head map and out­house.

Arnica - Rocky Mountain Flower
Arni­ca

These win­ter shots are more for the cross coun­try skiers that fre­quent the Maligne Val­ley.

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Trav­el in the win­ter

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An easy and gen­tle walk on a wide main­tained trail is a great way to spend a day. You walk along side a creek and don’t for­get to notice the flow­ers and the trees. From White Lady Slip­pers to Labrador tea, you’ll find many species that you might have to look up in a flower book. It might have been a late bloom sea­son because there were flow­ers that should have been gone at time of writ­ing this sto­ry. These pho­tos were tak­en with a dig­i­tal cam­era, but if you are going to take flower shots, bring a cam­era with macro capa­bil­i­ties.

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The first lake that you will see is Beaver Lake, where there a boat docked for fish­ing or just a float on the lake (make arrange­ments from the fish­ing shops in Jasper to hire a boat). Sum­mit Lakes does not take long to reach, it is just under 5 kilo­me­tres. As I men­tioned before you can go for a mul­ti day back­pack­ing trip, by pass­ing through Sum­mit Lakes and head for Jacques Lake about 12 kilo­me­tres, where it con­nects with the South Bound­ary trail, a whole oth­er sto­ry.

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Rhon­da and Eddie

Access: From Jasper, head South, Maligne Lake Road

Park­ing: Yes

Trail­head: From Park­ing Lot

Dis­tance: 12 — 14 km one way

Activ­i­ties: Sights / Hik­ing / Camp­ing / Bik­ing


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