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GDT Alternate Route, a high route, from alpine meadows up over 6 high passes, and then down to Maligne Lake.


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Map Key

24.2

Miles

39.0

KM

Point to Point

8,352' 2,546 m

High

5,617' 1,712 m

Low

5,998' 1,828 m

Up

7,765' 2,367 m

Down

11%

Avg Grade (6°)

33%

Max Grade (18°)

Dogs No Dogs

Features Commonly Backpacked · Lake · Views · Wildlife

Need to Know

Remains closed for all of 2024 due to habitat preservation considerations.

Resources regularly updated with the latest conditions and other information are:
- GDTA website www.greatdividetrail.com
- Dustin Lynx book "Hiking Canada's Great Divide Trail"
- Dustin Lynx's Guidebook Topo Map Set
- GDT App
- Gem Trek maps

Description

Great Divide Trail - Section E (Saskatchewan Crossing to Jasper) Alternate Route.

This Alternate Route bypasses the Maligne River Valley where the trail can be quite overgrown, by taking a high route over several passes. This route leaves the trail at Maligne Pass, and goes over high passes for about about 18 miles before reaching trail again - the popular Bald Hills Trail. For about the last 6 miles this Alternate Route descends through meadows and then forest to Maligne Lake on Bald Hills Trail. Route finding skills are needed.

Please see the resources listed above under Need to Know for up to date detailed descriptions and valuable hiker information.

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Shared By:

Joan Pendleton

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Maligne Lake and the mountains to the east from high on Bald Hills Trail
Sep 20, 2017 near Jasper…, AB
The Endless Chain Ridge and the small lake at Maligne Pass, are seen from the north end of the pass.
Sep 22, 2019 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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