Valley Of The Five Lakes
On 10 April 2016, the last day of our 4-day visit to Alberta's Jasper National Park, Kathleen Gallagher, Zosia Zgolak and I hiked a loop in the Valley Of The Five Lakes.  This was a pleasant way to wind down our trip before the long drive back to Calgary.  I want to thank both of my hiking companions for their awesome company which made all the difference on this trip.
Zosia loves her maps! Zosia studies the map at the trailhead.
The boardwalk is so long that there are even rest stops in the middle! Zosia and Kathleen cross a long boardwalk over a marshy stream.
Hey, what about Zosia and me? A white-tailed deer is fixated on Kathleen (out of photo to right).
The outlier on the right is unofficially known as Sorrow Peak. Mount Edith Cavell (left) rises above an intervening ridge.
Nice teaser, though. This frozen pond is not one of the "Five Lakes".
Ice, ice baby! Sonny holds up a piece of ice from the frozen pond.
Unfortunately, we did not get to a good vantage point to photograph the most beautiful of the "Five Lakes". First Lake is remarkably clear with a nice turquoise tint.
Close to being a mud hole! Second Lake is a bit of a disappointment.
Great place for a break! Zosia, Sonny and Kathleen pose on the red chairs found between Third and Fourth Lakes.
Not a bad view from the chairs. Third Lake is still frozen on this day.
Maybe we should have brought ice skates... Fourth Lake is also mostly frozen.
A couple of aluminum boats were chained up nearby. Zosia and Kathleen take photographs from the northwest shore of Fifth Lake.

 I feel very calm...

Here is a more comprehensive view of Fifth Lake.


The Fifth Lake is incorrectly marked as Wabasso Lake on my topo map! Total Distance:  8.9 kilometres
Round-Trip Time:  3 hours 4 minutes
Total Elevation Gain:  282 metres