3 to 4 hours / 12K return
Local campgrounds include
Whistlers. There are several hiking trails,
Miette Hot Springs,
Punch Bowl Falls,
Athabasca Falls are all
located in this area.
You are in bear country.
Trailhead: Located at the southwest end of
the Maligne Lake parking lot approximately 56Km
east of Jasper in Jasper National Park.
Expect to see lots of hikers here during the summer
Bald Hills offers excellent views of
Maligne Lake and the glaciated peaks
to the east. No dogs
allowed here, it's a protected
Caribou range. Follow the
old fire road approximately 4km.
At this point you find a signed trail on your left
leading straight up to the top. This
optional side trail is much steeper
however it will
reduce the road route by about 1km.
You can stay on the fire road for
but you may find it a boring
trudge. Once you arrive at the top
you can keep hiking east along the
ridge that leads to another rocky
outcrop. Views of Maligne Lake below
and Mount Paul, Mount Charlton,
Charlton Glacier, Mount Unwin, Unwin
Glacier, Maligne Glacier, Mount Mary
Vaux, Mount Llysfran, Mount Leah and
Samson Peaks are stunning. Maligne
Lake has excellent Rainbow trout and
Brook Trout fishing. A National Park
license is required if
you want to try your luck. If you
prefer a hike with an incredible
amount of wildflowers try nearby
Opal Hills Hike. In 1908 Bald hills was
Mary Shaffer. Don't be
fooled by the term 'Hills'. Bald
Hills and nearby
Opal Hills are mountainous. Mary
named most of the peaks near Maligne Lake while exploring this area. I think if
she didn't see a glaciated peak she called it a hill. Bald Hills lookout fire
road is an excellent cross country ski during the winter months. Avalanche
hazard is a concern here.