Ascent of Bald Hills on 2017-08-10

Climber: David Parratt

Others in Party:Janis
Michelle and Matt
Date:Thursday, August 10, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Bald Hills
    Elevation:2399 m / 7874 ft

Ascent Trip Report

A popular day hike in Jasper NP. Trailhead is beside the Maligne Lake parking lot. The trail starts up an old fireroad through a forest of lodgepole pine. Glimpses of Maligne Lake are soon available. Jasper NP's largest lake, it is popular for boat rides to Spirit Island. Three glaciers melt into the lake and exit via the Maligne River to the Athabasca River. Midway up the fireroad one can take an optional shorter and steeper trail to the lookout. We took this shorter route on the way up and followed the longer route down the road on the way down. Above the lookout the trail is above treelike with excellent views of Maligne Lake and the surrounding mountains. We hiked over two sub peaks of the Bald Hills before reaching the highest third summit. There was a geocache located here. On this beautiful day in August the trail was busy, especially up to the lookout and the first summit. A highly worthwhile hike showcasing some of Jasper NP's best scenery.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:847 m / 2788 ft
    Elevation Loss:847 m / 2788 ft
    Distance:16 km / 9.9 mi
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:783 m / 2575 ft
    Extra Loss:64 m / 213 ft
    Distance:8 km / 5 mi
    Route:Bald Hills Trail
    Trailhead:Maligne Lake parking lot  1680 m / 5512 ft
Descent Statistics
    Elevation Loss:783 m / 2575 ft
    Extra Gain:64 m / 213 ft
    Distance:8 km / 5 mi
    Route:Bald Hills Trail
    Trailhead:1680 m / 5512 ft

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