Gail Molina, Gil Molina, Leslie Pryslak,
Zosia Zgolak and I headed to the Medicine Lake area of Alberta's Jasper
National Park on the morning of 18 February 2018. We had made plans
for a full day of ski touring to Summit Lake and Jacques Lake as
described in Chic Scott's Ski Trails in the Canadian Rockies.
The temperature was downright frigid when we started off from the Beaver
Creek picnic area, but we felt a little warmer once we got moving.
Aside from a few short rolls, most of the trail to Summit Lake is flat,
and we had no issues with snow conditions. Upon reaching Summit
Lake, a nasty wind made it unbearable to linger for long in the open, and
we unanimously abandoned any aspirations to continue further to Jacques
Lake. We promptly retreated back to the trailhead without guilt
(round-trip time of 2 hours 38 minutes with a total distance of 9.8
kilometres) and subsequently drove to Maligne Canyon Hostel (where
Leslie, Zosia and I were staying for the weekend) to warm up and enjoy
lunch.After a relaxing lunch at Maligne Canyon Hostel, Gail, Gil,
Leslie, Zosia and I ditched our ski gear and drove to Old Fort Point
trailhead which is located along Old Fort Point Road just east of the
bridge over Athabasca River. We then hiked to the top of Old Fort
Point and continued further on the loop trail which initially goes east
before turning north and then west back to the trailhead. Other
than a few slippery sections, the trail was very easy to hike, and signs
at key junctions helped us stay on the right track. When we
finished our loop hike, we next visited Jasper Park Lodge to warm up a
bit and enjoy some complimentary water.
||The group climbs some stairs at the
start of the hike to Old Fort Point.
||Leslie heads up the snowy trail.
Zosia leads the group across a plateau with
in the background.
Gail, Gil, Leslie, Zosia and Sonny do a "bear dance" on
top of Old Fort Point (approximately 1170 metres).
While Gail and Gil were content to head back to their
accommodations after visiting Jasper Park Lodge, Leslie, Zosia and I
opted to complete the third leg of our Jasper Triathlon by donning ice
skates and skating a couple of laps on nearby Mildred Lake. Once
again, the cold temperature forced us to limit our time on the ice, but
it was still a satisfying way to end a busy and fun-filled day in the
Visible to the northeast are peaks of the Colin Range including
Hawk Mountain (far
left) and Roche
||Pyramid Mountain dominates the view to
Sonny and Gil share a "Red Chair
Experience" on a subsidiary summit of Old Fort Point.
Photo courtesy of Zosia
||Zosia and Leslie skate on Mildred Lake
near Jasper Park Lodge.