Maligne Lake from the Bald Hills
The Bald Hills is actually quite a nice hike. It's hard to get past the boring uphill climb up a tree lined fireroad with no views for the first 45 minutes. But once you exit, you get teaser previews of Maligne Lake and a brief glimpse of the start of the Skyline Trail. The bald hills are small (by Rocky Mountain standards) rolling mountains with their peaks levelled off over millions of years.
This photo captures approximately two-thirds of Maligne Lake up to Samson's Narrows. The Queen Elizabeth Range of Mountains are in the background. When the first European explorers discovered the lake in 1908, it was near the narrows, not the now-popular south end of the lake. It was the "Large lake north of Brazeau Lake".
This area of Jasper, the Maligne Valley, is home to a very small herd of woodland caribou. The population has declined significantly in the past 20 years - according to Parks Canada's web site there are only six caribou left in the herd.
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