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.
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