Golden and Cutt Lakes in Jasper National Park were once stocked with Golden and Cutthroat Trout. The fish never took and while they eventually died off, their names remained. Ever since the bridge at the original trailhead was taken out, the popularity of the trail has died off as well. But with the use of a bike on the first half of the trail, it is still quite enjoyable.
Ride down the gated fire road for 5.5km to the site of the original trailhead, in a small clearing next to the old bridge site. The trail sign is among the young poplars behind the big log. Once you find the sign the trail is easy to follow as it climbs to the old railway construction tote road built by 'Foley Bros, Welsh & Stewart' in 1909.
The trail climbs the tote road to the northeast for almost a kilometre before turning northwest, crossing an old bridge and following a narrow valley. Just 500m before your destination the trail crests a ridge 400m higher than the trailhead, and drops to the shore of Golden Lake at 9.7km. Cutt Lake is 300m farther and 50m below Golden.
The last time I hiked this trail there were numerous trees down across the trail and it was in need of some brushing. I do not think Parks Canada is maintaining it anymore. This trail doesn't show up on the maps anymore but at least the lakes are named on the 1:50,000 Government Topo 83 D/16 Jasper.
Submitted by 'mtncat'.
Drive west of Jasper on Hwy 16 for 17.5km and turn right on the Decoigne Road just before the park gate. Cross the railway tracks and the Miette River then turn right at the T-intersection and park by the gate 200m down the road next to the horse corral.
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Posted By: bfcoffey
- Tue Nov 14 17:50:16 UTC 2006
CommentMake that 'impeccable', unlike my spelling.
Posted By: bfcoffey
- Tue Nov 14 17:45:26 UTC 2006
CommentEDITOR'S NOTE - In response to the previous reviewer's less than tactful comments, the map sheet in question is indeed 83D16, and the lakes are named on that map sheet, as originally posted by 'mtncat'. I happen to know 'mtncat' personally and can tell you that his credentials in this regard are inpeccable. End of discussion. - Trailpeak Alberta Editor for Hiking
Posted By: lucidx1yo
- Sun Aug 20 17:24:54 UTC 2006
CommentThere seems to be some inaccurate info in this posting. 1st of all the lakes are not on the 83D16 topo. They are on the 83d15 Topo. Secondly the lakes are not named on any of my government topos from the most current and going back to 1934. Perhaps the poster has a different government? The elevation gain is not 400 metres it is over 600 metres.