Explore the most popular backpacking trails in Jasper National Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
5 days ago

Amazing hike, but lots of mosquitoes, i would 110% recommend bringing a full body bug suit if you're tackling this one.

We do this hike a couple times each winter and summer - one of the smaller loops in the winter. When there is a good covering we take the kids in a sled but have to carry them and the sled for lots of the sections - good workout. Beautiful and always a hit with our kids (3 & 6)

hiking
26 days ago

This was a beautiful trail and offered plenty of access to water sources. Overnighting at Amethyst is a must if you’re doing this trail! If I were to do it again I would make a longer trip out of it by overnighting a few nights using Amethyst as a base camp and doing some exploring in the area.

backpacking
1 month ago

Did this hike as a part of 4 day backpacking trip last Aug. Could not do the full loop as we had only one car. But the trail from portal creek via Maccarib pass is absolutely stunning. Sunrise in Amethyst lake with the reflections of Ramparts on the lake.....that is a scene not to be forgotten ever.

backpacking
1 month ago

Redid this trail for second time. Used Astoria trailhead again. Went beginning of August, bugs were bad, but worth it. Nicest area we felt was at surprise point. Bugs weren’t bad, gentle breeze and a view that photos could not do justice. Would I go for a third time, no doubt about it. On the trail this time we did have a mountain lion jump out at us, it was a younger one but did it ever move fast

hiking
4 months ago

I did this hike solo in October. It made for a rather heavy pack as I had to pack for winter camping. The first campground is portal to my recollection. Be wary of the sign that tells you it’s 8kms to the campground. I am quite fit and light on my feet and it felt that me like it was more like 15. I didn’t hitch hike back, I redid the route and upon close inspection of the sign on my return, someone had actually carved in to the sign ‘more like 16’. I will be returning to do it again in July with warmer weather and intend to wear a gps watch this time. The first night I got about a foot of snow in the elevation. It was a lovely morning and although the trail was covered in snow, the route was still obvious. I did not encounter any wild life while awake, however I had a trail of prints in the snow around my tent. Not bear or cougar though! The sights are lovely and the trail is super easy (at least I thought so!) In the summertime this is known as one of the most buggy trails in Alberta so I would highly recommend that you go to Mountain hardware at the cross iron mills mall and pick up a head bug net, as they sell them for only five dollars - it will save you from going insane with all of the bugs. The trail can also be quite muddy in some spots... whatever. It’s nature!!

backpacking
5 months ago

One of my fave backpacks this summer. A repeater for sure.

Lakes are breathtaking. Very beautiful hike & highly recommended.

Nice easy hike with some steep sections on mostly well used trails. There were a lot of people at the beginning of the trail, but the further we walked from the five lakes the less people we saw. Great mountain bike trail if you have your bike with you.

8 months ago

signed really well...was a little nervous on my first solo hike but turns out there was nothing to worry about! beautiful!!

One of the most beautiful places we've backpacked. Bring clothing for heat and cold- we had snow and very hot days too. We were lucky to see Caribou 2 nights outside Amythyst campground.

Busy trail. New parking lot is great. Easy hike.

Words cannot describe this trail. Spent 3 days in the valley. Hiked in to Amethyst lake. Spent the second day hiking to Erenite valley where you get up close to Alpine lakes and glaciers. The trail is "unmaintained" but seemed pretty well maintained to me. and hiked out through maccarib pass to the other trail head. Unreal experience, my only complaint is that we saw no wildlife other then a pine groesbeck, a couple spruce grouse and an osprey. Was really looking to see some large mammals but maybe next time. Seriously can't wait for my next trip to Jasper.

mountain biking
9 months ago

I'm going to be honest here. The hike itself is one of my least favorites that I've done in the area. I started from Celestine.
Don't expect to see much until you reach the falls. While it's absolutely beautiful when you get there, it's a long, boring trail. If you are only in Jasper for a little while, I would probably recommend you to skip it in favor of some more enjoyable hikes. If only recommend it if you've done most of the other ones in the area.

9 months ago

the most bugs I have ever seen, also saw a momma grizzly with two cubs and another big maybe poppa grizzly at the pass about 50 feet away

was on the trail last year, late August. bugs weren't bad, but it snowed and we froze cutting our trip short, also as we were coming out on Astoria trail literally ran into a Grizzly, only 2 meters away. make lots of noise especially along the river, it was right beside the bridge when we came around the corner. excellent views, and fresh water would love to do it again

Not as much wildlife as they said there was but the scenery is still beautiful! expect mosquitoes

beautiful blue green lakes!

backpacking
10 months ago

Beautiful hike! Some difficult portions though and the distances are misleading!

This isn't necessarily the easiest loop; there's a much shorter one if you're only interested in the lakes. Either way, fantastic trail.

backpacking
Wednesday, March 01, 2017

An amazing hike. I hiked it in July 2016 with my sister and my dog. We started our hike from the Celestine Lake trailhead to Seldom Inn on the first day, spending 2 nights here. Then spent day 2 at the falls soaking up the sun and the mist. Sadly we had to go back on day 3. The falls were well worth the hike and we can't wait to go again. Hopefully with more time to check out Celestine Lake and the other campsites. Our worst section of the trail was near the end on day 1. We reached a clear area with some steeper climbs during the afternoon heat with the sun beating down on us which slowed us down some. This area was not a problem on the return trip as it was the cool of the morning with the sun still behind the mountians. Can't wait to hit this trail again!

backpacking
Saturday, January 28, 2017

Great hike !
I started from the Marmot road. I camped to Amethyst campground and the spot was awesome in the morning and at the sunset. I proposed to end with the Astoria valley because of the section in front of Old Horn Mountain... It's rather boring at this point if you go up !
The negative about this trail is the Portal campground section. They are many flies and mud.

hiking
Friday, August 26, 2016

Stayed at seldom inn, brutal hike on the feet but so worth it. Saw a black bear on trail coming down. We scared it off with bear banger. The falls were spectacular and the trail was deserted and pristine

mountain biking
Saturday, February 14, 2015

First off this is not a trail for the light- come prepared, bring a bike and if your speed is not the fastest prepare to do the camp over night route.

A girlfriend and I completed this trail in 8.5 hours with an hour lunch break and just enough time to get back to the parking lot before the sun started to fully drop behind the mountains. You have to time this trail out, as the drive into the trail head is a timed logging road with only one way access during the specified time.

When arriving at the trail head there was only a few cars parked and during the entire trip we did not see one other person (even at the over night back country camp spots).

The trail starts off with a big drop onto a man made bridge, (and what goes down must come up) as soon as you hit the bottom you are climbing your way back up on a decent incline. The trail then stays flat for almost an hour and a half, and you are riding your bike through thick forest on one side and forest edge/ forest on the other. Once you have passed the first camp site you will travel flat for approx 40 more minutes and then start to go down hill again, crossing a little creek with the next camp site on the other side. The trail then flattens out again until you come to a sandy mountain side that is narrow and going down hill. Once you have hit the bottom, you will ride along side the river (which Snake Indian Falls flows into). Do not be fooled into thinking that the falls are close, because they are not. You will have to ride up hill and then onto flat ground again for almost another two hours. Just before the water fall there will be a third camp site. We left our bikes here and hiked down approx 100feet.

This bike/hike was well worth it - this was one of the most surreal places in Alberta I have ever been. The loud rush of the water fall when you are facing it and then the quite relaxing feeling when you are sitting right on top of it will blow your mind. The best part, there was not another single human around except my friend. The total trip was 52K.

hiking
8 months ago

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