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Bald Hills Trail

Intermediate/Difficult
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Trail to grassy hill tops above Maligne Lake with views in all directions of high peaks of Canadian Rockies near Jasper.


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Map Key

5.7

Miles

9.1

KM

Point to Point

7,591' 2,314 m

High

5,543' 1,690 m

Low

2,082' 635 m

Up

392' 119 m

Down

8%

Avg Grade (5°)

32%

Max Grade (18°)

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Need to Know

The first 0.17 miles of this trail is a segment of the GDT (Great Divide Trail).

Description

This is a gradual uphill trail to grass hills above Maligne Lake with awesome views in all directions of mountains, large valleys, and Maligne Lake. There is a series of grass hilltops forming a short ridge that can be explored, at the high point of the trail.

To get to Bald Hills Trail, follow Maligne Lake Road to the Maligne Lake Trailhead at the north end of Maligne Lake. There is a parking lot here, and many trails start from this trailhead parking lot. Look for the signs pointing to Bald Hills Trail. They will lead you across the road to the Bald Hills trailhead sign.

Bald Hills Trail starts out as a fire road through a thick, beautiful fir forest. As the trail climbs, the trees thin and become shorter, thus offering views of the mountains to the east, through the trees. After further climbing, views of Maligne Lake below, emerge.

After about 3 1/2 miles, the trail narrows to single path. The trees are short and dot the grassy terrain. The grass hilltops of Bald Hills can be seen ahead. The trail comes to a trail junction. One can go either way at this trail junction to loop through the Bald Hills and return to this trail junction.

Going left (clockwise around the loop) at the trail junction, one continues to have views of the mountains and Maligne Lake to the east. After a short ways, a saddle can be seen ahead, between two of the hilltops. The trail goes to this saddle where expansive views of the mountains and valleys to the west emerge. One then veers right to complete the loop and returns to the trail junction, after hiking 5.7 miles from the trailhead.

After returning to the trail junction, follow the fire road back to the trailhead for a 9.2 mile hike.

There is a shortcut option at about 1.6 miles from the trailhead to go left onto a single path trail that cuts off the higher portion of the fire road, and emerges back onto the main trail at about 3 1/2 miles from the trailhead where the fire road turns into singlepath trail. However, this option is not marked with trail signs at either end.

Flora & Fauna

Fir forest, grassy hill tops. Elk, bears.

Contacts

Shared By:

Joan Pendleton

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  4.5 from 2 votes

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Maligne Lake and the mountains to the east from high on Bald Hills Trail
Sep 20, 2017 near Jasper…, AB
Little used Evelyn Creek/Skyline Trail to the right, popular Bald Hills Trail on the very left on a late summer day; yes it can snow in the summer!
Nov 14, 2018 near Jasper…, AB
Through the fir forest on the wide lower section of the Bald Hills Trail
Sep 20, 2017 near Jasper…, AB

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Aug 27, 2019
Peter Sneeringer
Steep shortcut (1mi off) up. Took loop CCW. The Valley and river behind the ridge were beautiful. Then incredible views of Maligne Lake down. 8.1mi — 4h 01m
Jul 27, 2019
Squeak
Jul 21, 2019
Kristi Maulding
Sep 18, 2017
Joan Pendleton