A hike to add to the list: Bald Hills
Last week I talked about my favorite hike in Yellowstone National Park – Avalanche Peak. It boasts one of the best views of the park from above.
This week, I want to share with you the Canadian Avalanche Peak in Jasper, Alberta. It’s home to several of our favourites, but there is one that comes to mind immediately: Bald Hills.
We are not 100% sure just how long this hike is – or how many extra trails we detoured onto while doing the hike – but lets say it is a 3 hour hike and probably double the kilometres as stated on the trail map. We were in one of our, lets-take-all-left-hand-turns-and-be-silly-explorers moods and ended up connecting to two or three different hiking trails and scaled three peaks. I think we had too much energy that day.
Moral of this random adventure story is that we were able to see such a variety in terrain, and view several majestic viewpoints.
One selling point for this hike, as stated above, is that it gives you arguably the best view of Maligne Lake from above.
About half way through our hike, we stopped for a meal bar lunch and ended up discovering a hoary marmot that Simon decided to scale a few sketchy rocks to get this photo (I’m sure he will tell you the story, soon!):
So our 5 minute break turned into about 30 minutes. But as I was keeping an eye on Simon and his sure-footed rock climbing/photography adventure, it allowed me some time to soak in the view:
Alas, after ‘the’ marmot shot was taken, we scaled a few more peaks before eventually descending back down the mountain on the main trail. How we got to that main trail, I do not know. I’m sure Simon did. Right, Simon?
* PS – We never went off an official trail/damaged the natural vegetation. There were several “alternate routes” shooting off of the main trail that we took. It’s truly a labyrinth once you reach the top.
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