The trail to Lorraine and Mona Lakes in Jasper National Park is an easy trail through the forest to a pair of beautiful lakes. The trail has little to offer in the way of scenery but is a great way to escape the crowds at Maligne Lake.
Cross the paved road above the parking lot and head up the signed trail to the right of the gated fire road (aka: Bald Hills Trail). This is the same trailhead you would use for the Skyline Trail .
The trail meanders through the forest for 2km to a signed spur trail on the left leading to the shore Lorraine Lake. Lorraine Lake is the smaller of the two lakes and is very charming, definitely worth the 100m extra down to the shore for a better look.
Back on the main trail 400m past the junction to Lorraine Lake is the signed junction to Mona Lake, 200m down the trail on the right. Mona Lake is much larger and offers a beautiful view down the Maligne Valley.
Return to the parking lot the same way you came.
Parks Canada produces a day hiking guide of this and many other trails in the park called "Summer Trails" which is available for free from the Jasper Information Centre in the Jasper townsite and the parks desk in the Columbia Icefield Centre.
Submitted by 'mtncat'.
From the town of Jasper drive east for 2km on Hwy 16 and turn right on the Maligne Lake Road. Cross the bridge follow the Maligne Lake Road for 47km and park at roads end.
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Posted By: Steven Noel
- Sat Feb 07 16:04:31 UTC 2009
UpsideQuiet and scenic. DownsideFishing rather poor when we went. CommentTwo beuatiful little gems tucked into the backcountry. Freshwater spring on the side of trail after about one kilometer. Worth the trip!