Little Lost Lake Loop (#9 on hiking map)
- Difficulty: Easy/Medium
- Warnings: Check social media feeds below for current trail status updates.
- Wheelchair accessible: No
- High-clearance 4×4 advised to access trailhead? no
- Best seasons: spring, summer, fall
- Distance (return lake loop): 4.5km / 2.8mi
Distance (return picnic area): 3.4km / 2.1mi (source:map)
- Approx. time – lake loop: 2.5 hrs return
Approx. time – picnic area: 1.75 hrs return
- Elevation gain – lake loop: 525ft/ 160m
Elevation gain – picnic area: 120m / 400 ft
- Steepest grade: approx. 20%
- Viewpoints: Several, of both the lake and the mountains in the distance.
- Geocache points Unknown
- Closest bathroom/outhouse: Outhouse on the main trail not far from the lake’s picnic spot
- Cell service? Not comprehensive, but in spots.
- Gear to bring: Bring 1L water/pp and mosquito spray
- How to access/where to park: From Valemount, head north on Hwy 5 approx. 19km. Merge onto Hwy 16E at the Tete Jaune junction (follow Jasper signs). About 1.5km east, park at the avalanche control gates (the first pull-out after the weigh-scales). Cross the hwy with caution, backtrack about 30 feet, and look for the trailhead sign among the trees. Click here for Google Map Directions
- Best Parts: A warm swimming hole! Spelunking! During summer, the lake is a great place to sunbathe and swim (depending on the bugs!). Fire rings, picnic tables and outhouse.
- Worst Parts: There are some very steep sections that are sandy and it’s hard to grip unless you’re wearing good hiking shoes. Hiking poles are recommended for these sections. Watch for falling trees. You’ll sometimes find yourself skirting around, over and under fallen trees on the trail. Watch out: bears are sometimes spotted along this trail during spring and summer. Be sure to make lots of noise so you don’t surprise them and they have time to leave to avoid an encounter. The mosquitoes are bad during the summertime – but nothing a little mosquito spray or net shirt can’t handle! Watch out for devil’s club – it will poke and sting you and sometimes overhangs onto the trail.
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A warm swimming hole! Spelunking! From late spring to early fall, this is a perfect spot to sunbathe and swim (note there are leeches). This is a good beginning or end-of-season trail, since it’s all at fairly low elevation. The lake is beautiful, with mountain views in the distance. Keep an eye out for leaping fish, frogs, ducks and geese. Watch for falling trees – listen for cracking from above! If you’re feeling adventurous, climb up the hillside along a waterfall to discover several caves and spectacular views of the Robson Valley (medium to hard difficulty). May 28, 2018 Trail Update: The trail around the lake and the trail up to the waterfall are of a lesser quality than the trail from the highway to Little Lost Lake.
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Trailhead coordinates: 52.978960°, -119.397232°
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