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Not as popular as the nearby Bald Hills, this alternate hike near Maligne Lake finds a hidden valley high in the mountains, where gently forest fades to meadows and then to barren slopes.
The views are more subdued than on the Bald Hills ridge walk, but still spectacular and more secluded. Getting there is not easy, though.
Almost immediately after starting the trail comes a steep climb, and it doesn’t let up for 1.5 km.
Then it becomes a bit less steep, but your legs might not notice.
Aside from a few small meadows that grant elevated views, the trail remains in the forest most of the way.
When you reach the treeline, the gradient finally lessens, and you’ll enjoy a peaceful stroll in this green valley cradled beneath pointed peaks. Sources: https://www.pc.gc.ca/en/pn-np/ab/jasper/activ/activ-experience/sentiers-trails/maligne https://www.laidbacktrip.com/posts/opal-hills-trail-jasper