Explore the most popular hiking trails in Coal Branch Public Land Use Zone with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Really don't recommend the loop unless you are experienced. You will need to traverse/decend scree and pathfind at many points on your way down. A great way to add a bit of extra challenge for experienced hikers, with the entire trail to yourself. If you're not an experienced scrambler, I'd highly recommend sticking to the trail you came up on.

No good views today due to the smoke in the air. We tried the loop, but the trail was to steep, very small and too dificult for us. We turned arround after a half hour and took the normal trail back. Maybe it is better to do the loop counter clock wise.

lots of switchbacks in a buggy forest that suddenly clears atop. not a bad view but was hazy from forest fires

The was a fantastic day hike. Heavy on the DAY the hike took us 8.5 hours total with breaks and exploring the summit. 6.25 hours moving. It was pretty smoky due to the BC forest fires so visibility at the summit was minimal.

The hike up was pretty gruelling as there is such a gain in elevation but exposure was VERY minimal. Once you get out of the forest the varieties of rock are beautiful. When you make it up to the Scramble there are a few things you should know.

1. Helmets are a MUST. Tons of loose rock and boulders, don’t chance it protect your melon.

2. Make sure you leave ample space between you and any other hiker. I wouldn’t recommend large groups as the rocks can fly pretty far.

3. A really nice person has marked the path with rocks that they have tied pink flag tape to. Keep an eye out for them as they will give you an idea for the easiest way up.

4. Bring lots of water. I brought 3L and almost drank the whole thing by the time we got to the bottom.

5. The summit is worth it, at the true summit there is a rock pile with a large stick in the middle. There is a book to write your name in hidden inside.

6. The descent can be pretty tiring. It’s fun coming back down the Scramble and sliding on the skree. Be prepared to be a little tired.

Overall I would say the Scramble and summit aren’t that crazy but you should have some experience with hiking and scrambling before you attempt. What makes this one difficult is the elevation change. It’s one for the books and we will be back to do it again!

Loose rocks are definitely a concern here on the scramble part - give yourself time if somebody is going ahead of you!

A great hike. Lots of amazing views that will take your breath away. The facilities at the start/end are excellent. Highly recommended.

hiking
2 months ago

I decided to stop closer to Roche Miette Scrambles Summit around 50 meters left to go. I have had only left 1/2 cup of water plus 31 temperatures outdoor and full of sunshine. I need some water while returning back to my vehicle. Whew I made it arrived. I must tell someone who made it up to the Roche Miette Scrambles Summit as I was definitely respecting you all the way.

hiking
3 months ago

Scenic trail and rich in history, a lot of traffic when I was there. Easy hiking with some short, moderate inclines. great views from the back side of the long loop. Great hike if you have an hour or two to kill.

Hard climb, with a scramble at the end that makes you question your life choices. Views at the top do not disappoint, I would do this again. Use caution coming back down, I highly recommend poles.

hiking
3 months ago

Challenging but rewarding hike/scramble. Breathtaking views up on the top. The only downside is falling fair size rocks on the last section. A climbing helmet would be a wise addition to your gear if attempting this scramble in larger groups. And after you’ve done it, you’ll never take your eyes off the mountain when driving by.

walking
3 months ago

Really isn’t worth the stop. You can only see above the falls. And the trail up doesn’t give much of a view either. Good if you need to stretch your legs, but that’s about it.

Gorgeous views. Well worth the climb.

Stunning views at the top once you put the effort in to reach it. Totally Worth it. You should start early as it gets busy in the day

Awesome hike. Some parts are windy and slippery. It can be challenging at some moment but the view at the summit totally worth it. We did it in august and were completely alone on the trail.

hiking
10 months ago

Have gotten up here three times now and always a good time. The gully is a tad sketchy, so take care and bring a helmet.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Easy scramble up a connecting ridge until you reach the base of Roche miette where it becomes a moderate/difficult as some routefinding is required. Loose rock and steepness on the crux. Be very careful of other parties above and below while scrambling the crux as loose rock is everywhere and easy to knock down. Great views!

walking
Wednesday, September 13, 2017

short hike to lame falls. wouldn't recommend. instead follow the sign right to upper loop of Pocahontas mine trail for incredible viewpoint over Athabasca River.

Awesome hike! Such great panoramic views!

hiking
Sunday, July 23, 2017

There are actually 2 trails that arrive at punch bowl falls . The punch bowl falls trail listed here begins in the campground. We were not able to access this trailhead because we were not registered campers. So we took the Coal mine trail that starts close to the Pocahontas cabins.
The first third of this trail is a significant incline , middle third is level walk , last third is downhill. Great view after the incline . The trail is full of character through the spruce forest . However, the falls were anticlimactic. If you have an 1 1/2 of time it's something to do.

Friday, June 30, 2017

Really fun. The summit scramble is actually quite challenging, things are loose and very steep in parts even for a scramble.

This is one of the premier trails in Jasper National Park. There are few places where you can get above the treeline so easily. The view from the top is spectacular. Most people do this as an out and back to the summit, but it is possible to do as a loop as shown here. Be aware that it does require a bit of route finding near the top on the way down to avoid cliffing out.

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