We started our day early driving up the side of the mountain to reach Mount Edith Cavell parking lot.
When we arrived there were already people gearing up for the hike. It just started to drizzle as we got out of the car. We put on our rain pants and ponchos and began our hike. The nice thing about going early, you have the trails to yourself.
It’s an easy walk to Cavell pond. Even if you are not much of a hiker, it is worth the view to walk to the pond.
The signs warn of the dangers ahead and to stay on the trail.
After viewing the glacier from here, we took the path that leads up the hill towards Cavell meadows. Good hiking shoes and hiking poles will make it easier. We did not have hiking poles, but found sturdy sticks in Lake Louise and used them during our hikes.
The path eventually crested the hill and we got to the other side.
Walking along the glacier would come into view as we made our way up the hill.
There were notices that there were bears in the area, so we made loud noises as we walked. As we entered the dense forest, it got creepy since it was only the two of us and all I could think of was I hope we did not run into a bear.
After clearing the forest, the trail opens back up to an open meadow as we hiked to the upper basin.
The views are absolutely worth the hike! From this point you have an incredible view of the glacier, lake and surrounding mountains.
Zooming in on the glacier you can see how thick it is.
The hike back was easier as it was all downhill. The trail was pretty busy with hikers. I was glad we started early. We made it back to the car in about four hours. The parking lot was full and people were waiting for our parking space.
Jasper for lunch
We decided to go into Jasper for lunch at the Other Bear Paw Bakery. There was a line but not as bad as the day before. The line moves quickly and we ordered a half of a dozen of Raspberry White Chocolate Scones and sandwiches. We found a place to sit and decided to eat a scone as we were starving, while we waited for our sandwiches.
They brought our sandwiches right when we finished up our scones. The sandwiches were ok, but I liked the ones we got from Patricia Street Deli better.
After lunch we walked around Jasper.
We were exhausted from our hike and decided to head back to Alpine Village to get into the hot tub and relax.