Jasper, Alberta, Canada
On a visit to my brother working in Jasper, we did the Ridgeline and Cottonwood Loop at Jasper Riding Stables. It was from our trail guide that I learned about Lake Edith and Lake Annette.
The next day, my brother worked and I did my first solo hike. He recommended the Jasper Discovery Trail because it’s within walking distance of the town. This trail is split into three sections. I had trouble following the Railroad Trail and ended up giving up that morning. After a delicious brunch at Bear’s Paw, I hiked in the opposite direction on the Discovery Trail and followed the History Trail. The little pieces of history was interesting and I read every single one.
Rather than continuing on to the Nature Trail, I changed my plans. There was a sign for the Bighorn Alley Trail. It stated the possibility for hikers to see bighorn sheep. Also, this trail would lead me to Lake Edith and Lake Annette. For these reasons, I began my hike. There were other people on their bikes but I was the only one hiking it seemed.
I didn’t see any sheep, nor did I see any other wildlife. However, the first lake I reached, Lake Annette, was a sparkling beauty. Since I wanted to visit Lake Edith also, I didn’t linger. After reaching the second lake, I decided Lake Annette was my favorite of the two because the lake’s appearance had a more relaxed atmosphere. If I were to return, I would like to do the 2.4 km circuit around Lake Annette.
I’m grateful for my brother for horseback riding with me and I’m proud of myself for stepping outside my comfort zone. Solo hiking was a new experience and I enjoyed it.