muddy
5 months ago

hiking
6 months ago

Just to let everyone know, there is an access prohib for this trail until February 23rd in regards to caribou migration. It’s a good trail otherwise, have hiked/snowshoed in the past.

hiking
6 months ago

3D2N trail end Aug, felt like a good pace for beginner (I've a desk job and don't exercise much beyond swimming once a week). Met plenty running it or doing in 1 or 2 days. Lots of great picture opportunities on day 2 and post notch on day 3, saw tons of marmots and brown mama bear and 2 cubs. Weather took turn for a worse and ended up falling quite a bit, good thing I overpacked. Was pretty wet and muddy. Also foggy and windy at the notch, group before us turned back due to poor visibility. Cleared up enough when we got to it fortunately.

hiking
snow
7 months ago

The way down was a lot faster than the way in. Barely any breaks. I should likely be the last person on this trail until the snow leaves us in the spring. Not that it was unsafe, but it wasn’t the most amount of fun and the snow was just starting today. I can only imagine the trail as impassable another month from now.

hiking
rocky
snow
7 months ago

Second half of this trail is much more difficult but also more to look at. Many great shots of the valley and surrounding mountains. It was very late in the season so I was greeted with ankle deep snow. Would recommend high ankle boots for this part of the trail. I decide to end at a tree in the middle of the path. Was a nice rock to sit on and have lunch. Not much of a view from this spot but very peaceful with the occasional bird chip and gentle stream in the background. About 7.5km in is the money shot of the trail. Mountains surrounding you, valley down below. Take a moment to sit and relax. Soak in the silence before moving on.

hiking
snow
7 months ago

First half of the trail basically all the same. Creek to one side. Trees everywhere else. Steady incline up. Not overly difficult but also not overly exciting. There is a bridge marking the first half of the way in. From here the path takes a turn for the better and increasing difficulty.

hiking
7 months ago

First 6kms of the trial is a tad boring as you’re hiking gradually uphill along a river with not much to see. Trial opens up shortly after a bridge crossing about 6km in and it becomes much more scenic

hiking
muddy
off trail
rocky
scramble
snow
8 months ago

hiking
muddy
rocky
snow
8 months ago

Excellent trail to make most of Jasper’s glacier skyline, for a 2 to 4-days hike, in real backcountry. Would definitely recommend it for any hiker (beginner to pro, and even families). Given the number of campgrounds along the way, the hike can be tailored to fit any hiker’s pace. We performed the hike in 2 days, South to North, in the conventional direction which is followed by a majority of hikers. This direction is slightly better in my opinion, as you avoid a tough 1st day in terms of positive inclination, and you get to up the Notch rather than down, which is less problematic in case of snow or ice. We had a layover in Curator campground, which is very well located in the case of a 2-days hike like we did. It is just a little way out of the main track, so plan for a 30-min walk down or up from the camp. Doing the hike in 2 days is totally feasible but makes up 2 full days of hiking. We hiked from 10AM to 07PM each day, with multiple stops for pictures along the way. We also performed the hike in mid-September and I can say that it was not too crowded. It may more the case in the months of July and August, but with the bottleneck of the number of spots in each campground, it is nice to know that the trail is not packed at all. There are water sources all along the way. Therefore carrying water filters remains useful but not essential as most sources are direct downstreams from glaciers so drinkable. Views are great, wildlife is present along the way but mostly in the first and last sections which are below the tree-lines. Once above, there is less more landscapes to admire and less wildlife to witness.

hiking
8 months ago

Excellent trail with stunning views of the beautiful and remote Fiddle River valley. We went from Miette to Slide Creek backcountry campground and returned the next day. Trail mostly in good condition but I imagine would be very challenging in wet conditions as there are some steep slopes and several river crossings.

hiking
muddy
8 months ago

Amazing couple days on the trail. Super muddy, but doable. No big issues for us. Would have liked to have brought waders to make exploring near the lake easier. It was beautiful there but hard to navigate without sinking deep into the muck. We went straight from Astoria parking lot to Amethyst and it was a long day with packs but again doable. I’d stop shorter if I had to do it again.

hiking
8 months ago

We did this trail in four days and three nights-so leisurely. Took shuttle to trail head and parked car. Camp Nights: Little Shovel (a little short), Curator, Tekarra. Poor signage to Curator- go down into valley for campsite.,Very lucky with cloudy but clear weather over the Notch-would be tricky in fog. High winds-60-80 km on the ridge.Again, would be tricky in poor visibility. All Trails very accurate for markers and streams! No worries getting water anywhere. A little muddy to Little Shovel but we had had little rain before. No bugs, too cold. Wonderful views, met great people as hopscotched each other to campsites. Pack as light as possible, poles, gaiters, good wind/rain gear recommended. Wildlife: the fattest marmots you’ll ever see, no other mammals but signs of moose and elk. Great experience!

hiking
8 months ago

Amazing Trail. We had the best weather possible. Clear & sunny the whole day. Even at the Notch. Met amazing people, great trail, stunning views. Started Saturday at Signal Trailhead (opposite to where most start) went to Little Shovel, camped, then headed out this morning to Maligne Lake. Lots of mention on the trail of a sow and her cubs at Snowbowl. We didn’t see her.

hiking
9 months ago

We hiked this trail from Cadomin to Miette in two days. First day we started at Whitehorse Creek Campground just past Cadomin, through Fiddle Pass to the Whitehorse Campground in Jasper National Park. The Campgrounds in the park al have 2 picnic tables, fire pits and 4 tent pads. All need to be booked online or through JNP. The signage along the trail was very well marked. Pay attention, stay on the trail and it is very hard to get lost. Beautiful mountain pass, the campsites in the Whitehorse park were all very well maintained. Second day we went from Whitehorse Campground to Miette Hot Springs. Several (5-7) river crossings. Very shallow at this time, but I’m sure in run off times it could be hard to Ford. Many crossings had rocks so you could just across on the rocks. Final mountain pass before Miette, the Utopia Pass is very poorly maintained. The trail has overgrown, crumbled and many times we were crawling up banks that had fallen in, or over rock slides. Pay attention the signage is there but you have to watch for the next marker. Large black bear was hanging out in Utopia Campground so we continued on. Soaking in the Hot Springs was a nice end, albeit crowded but nice for a long hike.

backpacking
no shade
rocky
scramble
9 months ago

overall this was a very nice trail to hike. I really enjoyed the whole thing, tonnes if good views and scenery to look at.and campsites are good

hiking
muddy
9 months ago

Lots of forest to hike through and then a beautiful view of the river when you arrive at the big bend campsite

backpacking
9 months ago

Completed this trail on the September long weekend and it lived up to its reputation. Stunning views for almost the entire trail. Started at the south end and hiked to Snowbowl the first night in about 3.5 hours. A few mosquitoes here but I've had much worse. Started raining overnight and I hiked to Curator in the rain and fog/clouds in just over 2 hours (didn't take the shortcut route). Things started to clear up that evening and the sun came out in the morning. Ran into a grizzly sow and cub just above Curator when starting my day. The Notch was in good shape and I intended to stay over at Signal that night but when I was approaching, I could see rain coming towards me. With an already wet tent and sleeping bag, I decided to go straight to the car at the north end, taking just over 7 hours from Curator to the car. Would definitely do this trail again someday!

hiking
9 months ago

Trail has a fair amount of mud in the south side up to and including snowbowl camp site. Lots of mosquitos so bring repellent. Beautiful hike with amazing scenery. Saw a grizzly sow with 3 cubs approx 1.5 km north of snowbowl.

hiking
muddy
rocky
9 months ago

This is a great trail. You will find marmots, wildflowers, snow fields, pleasant aromas, challenging mountain passes, and incredible views from the notch of the rockies.

running
9 months ago

I love this trail!! This is the second time doing it this summer and the first time we had good weather! The mountains are incredible to be around and especially after the ‘notch’ it’s all ridgeline and a perfect landscape of Marmot ski hill, WHISTLERs, athabasca rice and jasper !!

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