Sulphur Skyline Trail is a 5 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Improvement District No. 12 , AB that features hot springs and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
You'll find the Sulpher Skyline trailhead by driving highway 16 to Pocahontas. Turn onto the Miette Hot Springs Road(Pocahontas as well), and proceed 16.9 km to the Miette Hot Springs parking area. The hiking trail starts above and right of the pool complex.
One of the nicest trails in Jasper in my honest opinion. Excellent to come out of and hit the hot springs after!
The total trail distance here is actually closer to 6 miles, but the 2.5-3 miles out is up, up, and up. The climb never gets too steep except at the very end when you hit the alpine scree, and trekking poles are highly recommended, but you will fill it in your legs during the constant switchbacks. There are "shortcuts" through the switchbacks that are really washouts, but I know some people use them. Please don't! That erodes the trail. Take your time and follow the trail. You will get some views about halfway up, and the panorama from the summit is maybe the best in the area! Just before the scree slope to the summit there is a nice place for a break and a snack or photo. Use that time to prepare for the final climb.
This is one of the few trails that actually gets steeper as you go towards the summit, but stick with it, the reward is an unbelievable 360 from the top. It is cold AND WINDY at the top, so be prepared. Then make your way back down the same path. We made it up what felt like a blistering 75 minutes, and then more slowly to protect our knees on the way down.
Note: A black bear was spotted crossing the trail by a few hikers on our way down. Bring your bear spray! When you finish, refresh in the Miette Hot Springs. Busy but worth it after that climb!
Breath taking views
Moderate difficulty with excellent panoramic view at the top. A must do.
I did this hike in June 2016. It was a great hike. Not too hard. it was a steady climb to the top, until you get to the last 200 yards then it was pretty much straight up. Beautiful views at the very top! worth the hike! I did it in 5 hours, but I did stop to have lunch for about 45 minutes at the top. it was bone chilling cold and icy rain, but still great.
great trail..no super steep sections..great views..however with the trail head being at the Miette hotsprings it is a heavily used trail..lots of traffic..but nice none the less..and soaking in the pools after a great hike is total icing on the cake..only 4 stars cause I prefer seclusion when hiking.
I really enjoyed this hike. It was an up hill climb pretty much the whole way. Once you get closer to the top there are some small paths that you can take to summit as well. We took a few of these because the trail was quite busy. We had lunch in an open area near the top of the Moynihan and the large white rock landmark. After last lunch it took us about 25min to summit to the top up the rocky path way. This part gets pretty steep and windy at the top. I wouldn't recommend bringing you kids up there. The view it stunning! Well worth the hike. Keep in mind it's quite cold at the top and the windows are about 70km so hold onto your hat! Coming down was much quicker. The hike probably took us about 4.5/5hours. Sitting in the hot springs was a lovely treat afterwards!!
Great hike up and worth the view
Steady elevation gain