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Horseshoe Lake Hike

  Ratings:    Ratings 5 Star
Level: Easy Time/Dist: .5 hours / 2K return Elevation Gain: 20m

 

Trailhead: Park at the Horseshoe Lake parking lot on the east side of the Icefields Parkway approximately 25kms south of Jasper in Jasper National Park.

Description: Near the edge of the parking lot you'll find a well worn trail that leads to the southern end of the lake. Named after it's shape, Horse Shoe Lake is crystal clear beautiful green turquoise color. This lake is the best natural swimming hole in the area however the water is extremely cold, you'll need a hot day to enjoy a dip. There are several cliffs that the locals jump and dive off of. You can continue on as the trail follows the lakeshore. It disappears wherever there are rock ledges and slabs next to the lake. There is also a small boat craft launch that is perfect for canoes and kayaks. The lake is good for Rainbow trout fishing, you'll need a fishing license to try your luck. The water is so clear you can see the fish swimming in and out of the underwater ledges. Fly fisherman with belly boats will love this lake. The marsh near the start of the trail is full of wildflowers. Horseshoe Lake is an excellent spot for a picnic or to waste a hot summers day away.

Near Here: Local campgrounds include Snaring River, Pocahontas, Wabasso, Wapiti and Whistlers. There are several hiking trails, Opal Hills, Bald Hills, Miette Hot Springs, Mount Edith Cavell, Punch Bowl Falls, Sky Line, Sulphur Skyline, Whistlers Mountain, Maligne Canyon, and Athabasca Falls are all located in this area. You are in bear country.

 

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