We woke to a smoky day forecast for Jasper but never mind that we were hiking anyway. I have hiked along the Icefield Parkway and at Cavell Meadows but that's it for Jasper National Park. I heard about the Bald Hills plus saw photos and knew I would like to hit these hills one day. The Maligne Lake Road drive was not as pretty as I remembered due to smoke so we just went ahead and got it out of the way in favour of securing a parking spot of Maligne Lake where the trail head was. The lot was looked packed but thankfully we got a spot, not far from the kiosk.
We reached the opening and could see where we would be heading.
I saw switchbacks and wide open spaces both of which I was happy for.
The steep switchback section was short and afforded us views very quickly.
Although there was blue, there was smoke too in the distance.
This is my Bald Hills summit shot and my lunch spot too.
view along the descent route
hippies on a stick
looks like autumn is on its way
Back at the intersection, we took the trail that would be long and winding and gentle.
It was long, very long, and it was hot.
the long last stretch
The drive back to Jasper was prettier than it was this morning so we took time at Medicine Lake.
I was grateful that the day we picked to complete our bigger hike had blue sky and minimal smoke. Being in the Maligne Lake area opened my eyes to other hiking possibilities that I have stored on the back burner for now. We arrived back at our suite pleasantly depleted ready to just relax and plan for tomorrow. Stay Tuned!