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“So pristine”

Valley of Five Lakes
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Gurnee, Illinois
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223 reviews
57 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
“So pristine”
Reviewed 16 August 2014

It was our last day, heading back to Calgary, so we decided one last hike would be the Valley of the Five Lakes. We started out from the parking lot - the guidebooks pegged this at about a 3 mile trail. You cut across a meadow, then head over a ridge where the loop portion of the trail begins. I would HIGHLY recommend going clockwise. We went counterclockwise, and there is a point in the trail where a switchback occurs, and it isn't easy to spot - I think many people have missed it and have beaten a different trail which eventually leads back to the main trail. But since we were expecting a loop, this got completely confusing. Eventually, we got back on the main trail and went clockwise, but it was a lot of extra walking and lost time.

Once we did hit the right place, this was a great hike. The five lakes each are a little different - like most of the lakes, they are all beautiful. We were out early, so we had it all to ourselves.

There are a few steep spots, but for the most part, this trail is pretty even and easy.

Visited July 2014
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Edwardsburg, Michigan
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“Serenity after the bustle of Lake Louise”
Reviewed 13 August 2014

My family hiked around the lakes, probably about 5 miles (more than the simple loop) and had a wonderful time. The hike was moderate, as the trail did not have any major climbs but had lots of up-and-downs. The lakes are beautiful, with various shades of vibrant blue and green. We noticed a young couple swimming so at least one of the lakes must be tolerable in temperature. Other than the area near the trail head, the trail was pretty empty even in mid day in August. This was a huge relief after the rather chaotic, crowded hiking trails in the Banff/Lake Louise area (which are crazy even if you start early morning). Highly recommended as a way to see some beautiful little lakes and get away from the hubbub. It's also great that you can choose routes of different lengths, and everything is well marked with maps scattered throughout. A nice place for a quiet picnic by a beautiful lake that may not be surrounded by glaciers or have a tea house but is pristine and peaceful. We saw lots of fish in one of the lakes. There is a toilet at the parking lot.

Visited August 2014
3 Thank Trisha M
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“Nice Hike”
Reviewed 12 August 2014

We did the full loop with our boys 7,10 the had no trouble completing. Trail is very well marked, if your doing the full loop be very patient. There is a point where you have to walk into the wood for a way before trail marker comes up but it does and the loops around eventually. Very beautiful scenery.

Visited July 2014
2 Thank Sled G
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Windsor, Canada
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8 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Beautiful Lakes”
Reviewed 1 August 2014

We didn't plan to hike. No prepare, run out of time, I kept question while walking but forgot everything after I saw the first lake. They are so beautiful. Few visitors, quiet place to enjoy the view.

- Small parking area. Try park close to the road. We came early and parked inside, it was hard to get out.
- Personally I think there is no difficult for hiker, but tourist may consider carefully. It's not a short trail (we spent more than 2 hrs). Some climbing. Few sign and nearly no protection.

Visited July 2014
1 Thank Viersu
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San Jose, California
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6 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Great hike with much less crowds”
Reviewed 28 July 2014

It totally worths a visit if you come to Jasper National Park. We did a hike with the loop route (9a-9b). It was about 4km round trip. Some elevation gain/drop during the hiking but not hard to do. As the reward, you can see all five lakes during the hike, and they are just clear and beautiful as any lake in Canadian Rockies. The best thing is there are not so many visitors here, so you are able to enjoy the views of beautiful lakes and be absorbed in this serene atmosphere without being disturbed by crowd. We did the hike in 2 hours and we spent a lot of time taking pictures and enjoying the scenery, so if you walk faster you could finish it maybe in 1.5 hrs. I will recommend this place if you want to enjoy scenery of lakes in Canadian Rockies without crowds.

Visited July 2014
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