Looking for a great trail near Improvement District No. 12 , Alberta? AllTrails has 30 great hiking trails, views trails, forest trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. If you're looking for the best trails in Jasper National Park, we've got you covered. Gearing up for a challenge? There are 16 hard trails in Improvement District No. 12 ranging from 3.8 to 29.7 miles and from 3,372 to 11,482 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!

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hiking
15 days ago

The first 3 miles of the trail include lots of hard switchbacks but the rest of the trail is fairly flat through the valley. We only saw one other party when hiking so make sure to bring bear spray and make noise. The seclusion of the trail was nice after hiking around lake Louise. View from the summit is spectacular

Amazing. Highly recommend going all the way up. Extremely strenuous but worth it.

hiking
rocky
snow
29 days ago

Awesome trail. We hiked it right after a night of snow and lost the trail near the end, so we ended up scrambling/climbing to the final prominence. Would not recommend anyone do it in winter without crampons. (Steepest/most slippery part was literally the very beginning.) Again though, AWESOME hike.

hiking
1 month ago

Great for an easy hike and great falls views!

hiking
scramble
1 month ago

Fantastic hike, great views, very windy on the top. Fair amount of snow near the top so crampons are helpful

hiking
1 month ago

Tried to go after thanksgiving (October 15). Road was closed and someone from Parks Canada told us that the trail is closed for the year

hiking
no shade
scramble
snow
1 month ago

We hiked on Canadian Thanksgiving (Monday, Oct. 14). Moderate trail but fairly ok if you’re fit. The first part of the trail had a steady, slightly steep incline all the way through the forest up to the fake summit. Icy but not too slippery. Then the real fun begins. The last bit to summit was covered in almost 2 feet of snow and was incredibly steep. It was tough for me (I’m 5’3”) but I reached the summit without any hiking poles or crampons, and the views from the ridge were incredible. We were the only ones who made it up there (most stopped after the fake summit or on the trail).

hiking
snow
1 month ago

Beautiful trail with views and Hot Springs at the bottom to soak.

hiking
scramble
snow
1 month ago

Thanksgiving weekend hike to the summit. Snow packed and a steady incline all the way up. Lots of slippery sections and crampons would've helped but trekking poles were a good alternative. Last section is quite steep and the snow was helpful for footing to make the scramble to the top. Overcast day but great 360° views. Not much wind so it wasn't too cold. We were the first ones to summit this day but lots of people came up after us. Definitely recommend starting early and then hop in the hotsprings afterwards for a relaxing soak. Looking forward to doing this hike again in fairer weather.

Such an amazing area, I reccomend going down to the bottom to the lake and spending as much time as possible in this incredible place.

Great day hike awesome 360 views and Hot Springs at the bottom to soak.

hiking
scramble
snow
1 month ago

Was quite a bit more snow than expected. Basically the whole trail. Lots of switchbacks. I’d say it seemed a bit more challenging than a medium. Especially when you get to the top. We didn’t go to the summit as we were slipping quite a bit. Poles and crampons recommend.

hiking
icy
scramble
snow
1 month ago

Wanted to do this trail for some time and today is the day. The hike starts out at a steady pace that doesn't stop! The first 2km are steady, gradual uphill pace with not many views until about the 1.5/ 1.7km mark when you can see across to valley to the opposite ridge. From the junction (where you take the right branch) the incline increases and keeps ascending through many switchbacks right up until tree line. There are many open viewpoints along this section of the trail to see down the Fiddle Valley. Once at tree line there is a brief break before the last push to the summit, the grade increases too. The trail was hard to follow due to snow accumulation and was slippery with the rocks under the snow. However once at the summit the views are expansive, 360 degrees all around. Utopia Mtn dominates the skyline and there are great views down the Fiddle Valley with Ashlar Ridge looking small from up here, quite a different perspective than at the viewpoint along the parkway. Not as much snow on the summit and not windy which was nice and we were able to spend over an hour at the summit. The descent was slippery, rocks under the snow, but overall coming down was quick and easy. Would definitely recommend this trail to anyone wanting to get to a summit relatively quickly. The hot springs at the bottom really finish off a great hike.

hiking
icy
snow
1 month ago

I did the hike after taking glacier adventure tour. It gave the different perspective of the glacier. The hills are actually the terminal moraine of the receding glacier. Quite slippery on steep slope however was able to pass without traction cleat or hiking pole but be careful for elderly people. Temperature was around 0 C. You can skate on the frozen shallow lakes on the top for fun

hiking
snow
1 month ago

Some part of the road to the trail head are icy. I saw a minivan fail to get through steep slope and need to turn back. However at the parking, there were many sedan and 2-wheel drive cars. I would like to recommend AWD if possible. The trail was covered with snow but not too slippery. The lake was already frozen but very beautiful glacier above it.

hiking
1 month ago

Thanksgiving long weekend - quite nice. Needed crampons, packed snow which was great especially at the top if you prefer snow to rock scramble.

hiking
snow
2 months ago

It's a must do!! Who says that they can be so close to a glacier. If you're in a hurry, do not park at the first parking lot. Go right at the fork of the road, the sign will say, "Athabasca Toe", take that way. The hike up was a little steep and snowy but we did it in hiking shoes without spikes and it was totally fine. The informational signs are very cool and the glacier itself is unreal, I was awestruck. Stupid people were crossing the barrier and stepping onto the glacier itself but we didnt. Bring an extra coat, it's colder at the glacier than it is in the parking lot (the glacier creates its own wind, bananas, I know!) This is a must. If you drive by you'll regret it.

tough!

hiking
2 months ago

Breathtaking view at the end, but extremely windy and cold once you’re above the tree line (last 30min to the top).

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