No maligning the Maligne!

Trip Start May 09, 2009
Trip End May 27, 2010

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Wapiti Campground

Flag of Canada  , Alberta,
Saturday, July 25, 2009

On our last full day in Jasper NP, we started with a hike in Maligne Canyon. The Maligne River has carved out a deep canyon and shows its power still today in the form of broiling rapids and cascades.  The trail starts at the Fifth Bridge at the lower end of the canyon and steadily climbs until you reach the upper falls above the Second Bridge trailhead.  Along the way are fantastic river views, waterfalls, cascades, gorges and "potholes."  As with Johnston Canyon in Banff, this is a popular hike and by the time we reached the upper canyon, the trail was getting very crowded.  We found an alternative trail for hiking back that avoided the crowds, gave us a higher view of the surrounding area and cut at least half our time returning. 

From there, we traveled further down Maligne Road towards Maligne Lake.  On the way, we stopped at Medicine Lake -- which is not actually a lake but rather an area in which the Maligne River backs up and disappears underground.  By fall, the lake is completely drained.  We considered ourselves lucky that it was about 2/3 full when we were there.  At the end of the drive was Maligne Lake – another beautiful lake in the Rockies.  We regretted that we didn't have time to rent a canoe for the day and enjoy the lake more.

An afternoon trip to the Miette Hotsprings pool (up a very long and windy road) soaked away any hiking soreness (that I had – Jim is in much better shape!).  That evening, we had dinner in Jasper at a pizzeria that had great pizza, but more importantly cheap wireless so that we could do trip planning and catch up on this blog.  After dinner, we returned to our campground and got the trailer ready to take off early the next morning for our trip across British Columbia to Prince Rupert and the start of our Alaskan ferry trip.
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