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:7874 ft / 2399 m

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
    Total Elevation Gain:2788 ft / 848 m
    Total Elevation Loss:2788 ft / 848 m
    Round-Trip Distance:9.9 mi / 16 km
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2575 ft / 784 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 2362 ft / 719 m; Extra: 213 ft / 64m
    Loss on way in:213 ft / 64 m
    Distance:5 mi / 8 km
    Route:Bald Hills Trail
    Start Trailhead:Maligne Lake parking lot  5512 ft / 1680 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:2575 ft / 784 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 2362 ft / 719 m; Extra: 213 ft / 64m
    Gain on way out:213 ft / 64 m
    Distance:5 mi / 8 km
    Route:Bald Hills Trail
    End Trailhead:5512 ft / 1680 m

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