Explore the most popular camping 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.

Completed July 2017, counter-clockwise. Amazing hike all around, Jonas Shoulder rewards with some pretty incredible views.

backpacking
24 days ago

I have completed this trail twice now in full with multiple one-day trips on segments. On each full trail adventure I did it once in each direction. My personal preference being the start via Signal. Have stayed/spent time at every campground with Signal, Curator and Little Shovel my favourites. Tekarra and Snowbowl are beautiful though the layout of the actual camp is less desirable (particularly if you need to seek the facilities in the middle of the night).

Prefer the Signal start as a relentless uphill when one is fresh is much more favourable to me than a relentless downhill that never... ever... EVER... ends ; )

Trail review: Week of Sept. 10, exactly a year from the last go-round. Weather was insane in ways we could not have anticipated with Mother Nature under promising and over-delivering, but once again - wow. Trail is incredible and we are blessed to experience. Pack smart. Pack for the weather (4 seasons). And ENJOY.

Also... download this app. Ran it off my phone’s GPS which kept us pointed in the right direction for two days during white - out conditions. AllTrails did not pay me to say this, promise.

backpacking
1 month ago

Had a great bike ride to snake Indian falls, Ive been wanting to do this hike for a while. brought the dog and spent the night. Met a few people on the trail, didn’t see much wildlife. Took about 3 hours to bike there. The falls are worth the trip. I sat and ate lunch at the falls and soaked it all in. Glad I did it.

1 month ago

Best view in Jasper. Not recommended for young children due to challenging weather conditions.

hiking
1 month ago

We are 3 middle aged mommas who persevered and completed this hike in late August. We're all in decent shape and we felt equipped although we learned plenty more along the way of what to bring and forget the next time. Thankfully we had great weather. No snow or rain. In booking we were only able to secure Little Shovel and Curator. Decided the day before when space opened to cancel Curator and book Tekarra. Not sure if that worked out in our favor?! Our second day was a 25 km hike and it was a little difficult finishing. We were EXHAUSTED. The views and diversity were truly beautiful and soul-shaking. Next time however we'd opt for 3 nights or even 4. Why rush such an amazing trip? I'd recommend that folk try for 3 nights and if can only get two go for Little Shovel and Curator or Snowbowl and Tekarra.

Enjoyed the bird watching on the lake!

on Skyline Trail

1 month ago

September long weekend 3 day hike staying at snowbowl and tekara. Second time doing it and it's always spectacular.

Shit weather... Freezing rain and snow overnight. Cold gusting winds. Muddy sections and notch quite slick with fresh snow.

Grizzly and cubs near big shovel pass and another 3 Griz between tekara and signal.

Beautiful hike, with very rewarding views at the top of the head wall. We loved it. Leave a day to explore at the end!:)

hiking
2 months ago

Skyline is a must do in Jasper! The views are absolutely breath taking throughout the trail and so rewarding once you cross the notch. My husband and I hiked the trail in two days (one night) due to the time we had remaining. We are 28 and 30 years old and from what I consider to be pretty shape. If you do the trail in 2 days you have to be moving at a pretty decent pace! We stayed as watchtower because everything else was booked and would not recommend that if you can avoid staying there. The trail is not well marked/traveled and it is true the mosquito's are relentless!

hiking
2 months ago

This is an advanced trail!

Did this trail at the end of July 2018. All the descriptions of the trail are wrong from the official sites. The first 11km to the lower camp site is now only a one track trail that goes through 4 small creaks and lots of small rocks sticking out on the trail in certain sections. My group of 4 used mountain bikes for this part. I would recommend a light dual suspension mountain bike! At the lower campsite, you will have to lock up the bike. Hang it in a tree because apparently there is a porcupine that likes chewing on bikes. Enjoy the lower campsite as there is a major river with a beautiful view (I wish we could have stayed for a night. fill your water bottles or batters before the next part.

The next part you will cross the lower campsite bridge and will be going through a mountain pass. Its not too bad and the entire section from the first to second bridge you will go up 400m in elevation. Get a walking stick in this part as you will need it for the final leg. Just a warning this is the "bear alley" of the trip. There is berry bushes on both sides of this trail section trail. it will be about 4.5km to the second bridge.
The third stage is after you go across the second bridge.

This section is 1.5km to the fryatt valley to the Brussels camp site (stay at this one if you’re not going to the acc hut). This next section is all small loose rock and will be hard with a 40+ pound pack on your feet. You will cross the river 2 to three times and there will be yellow markers on the right side of the valley for the Brussels camp site. Stop at this one and enjoy the view! If you see the Fryatt lake, you have passed the site!

Took our group 8 hours to get to the Brussels camp due to me having gut issues/overloaded packs due to beer and being from ontario I was not used to the elevation changes.

The next day we walked to the head wall camp site. the walk around the Fryatt lake was spectacular! Also a refreshing swim but be warned its cold (7 degrees) and you can loose footwear in the lake! After the lake the trail gets pretty wet and over grown even in the mid summer. Bug spray would be recommended. We did get to the headwall camp site and was unimpressed compared to the Brussels one. It was over grown and very buggy.

We did not do the last 1km to the ACC hut as it was late in the day and it is straight up (1000m I think) of switch backs. Maybe next time!
The way back down only took us 5 hours to get back to the parking lot.

Did it in 3 Days. Wish we had another day or two to explore!

hiking
2 months ago

We did this in 2 days 1 night. It was an amazing hike with great views! Really easy first half of the hike with only one pretty steep part a little after the half way mark.

backpacking
2 months ago

Good trail with nice camping spots. Fairly easy hike in and out.

backpacking
2 months ago

Tough hike but worth the trip! We mountain biked the first 11k and then hiked to Brussels campground the first night. We hiked up to the Headwall and the ACC hut the next day which was worth the gruelling uphill climb. 2 nights and 3 days was perfect...Don’t stay at Headwall campground if you can avoid it. Work needs to be done there. Brussels was great even in the relentless rain.

backpacking
2 months ago

Totally awesome trail. Sure it’s heavily booked in advance but it doesn’t feel crowded. We booked late so modified the route to Evelyn Creek then Watchtower then back to little shovel via the notch - a big day. Ridge walking and views are sensational- must do hike in Jasper

As a first time overnight backpacker, the 2 day hike was challenging. But despite the grizzly encounter on the trail (near Snowbowl) and the hailstorm near Tekerra, the amazing views of the flower covered alpine meadows. turquoise lakes, and majestic mountains made it worth every step!

2 months ago

Spectacular views, beautiful meadows and gorgeous teal/ turquoise lakes. Loved this 3 day hike!

backpacking
2 months ago

Hiked July 17-19, 2018. Was only able to record day 1 of this trip. Mosquitoes were horrible when we camped at Snowbowl and Tekkara. Even worse on the fire road down to Signal Trailhead. Highly recommend a bug shirt.

We lucked out with the weather: sunny, warm - not cold at all at night, 13-15C. Grizzly spotted on the trail in the meadow between Snowbowl and Curator. He was collared and wasn’t fazed or interested in passing hikers.

3 months ago

Best views I've ever seen! Was raining over night and off and on through the day.
Snowpack was quite slippery due to rain and wind ...not recommended without crampons until that last snowbank gives up.

backpacking
3 months ago

Saw a Wolverine before Little Shovel pass, had heavy rain over the Notch and a snow storm in Tekara's campground. Camped at Snowbowl and Tekara. Epic backpacking hike!

hiking
3 months ago

We did 2 nights, 3 days (June 2017). The hike to Lower Fryatt has a few views, but is the least interesting part of the hike. Beyond Lower Fryatt was a steady climb in the trees until just before Brussels, after which you hike in the open Fryatt Valley. You'll have to pass two landslides (or remains of avalanches?), the second of which is on top of Headwall campground. The next day we went all the way to the alpine hut above Hellwall - err, Headwall. There are truly breathtaking views from up there, seeing all the way down Fryatt Valley and beyond, plus the snow caps all around the hut.

hiking
3 months ago

One of my favourite trails of all time. The part along the ridgeway overlooking the valleys is just beautiful. I also love the Shovel Pass lodge for a relaxing break. It’s a long slog on the old fire road at the end but worth it!

backpacking
3 months ago

Very Difficult, unmarked, overgrown trail. Do not attempt unless you are experienced and have appropriate gear.

Started out at Miette Hotsprings, and followed fiddle river up, eventually had to cross the river using the narrow bridge. Just after the bridge you cross Sulphur Creek. Continuing up the trail.. this is where it gets difficult and easy to get lost. If you reach the waterfall - stop. And turn back!! You have gone too far and will get seriously lost if you continue onwards. Back track past 2 rock slides from the waterfall, and climb up the second rockslide. This will bring you to the utopia campground. This was as far as we intended to go, however, like I said, be careful and use your compass and map.

That being said, despite the difficulties of this trail, it was incredibly beautiful, scenic, and breathtaking. If you do want to venture past the waterfall just to look into the valley, I highly recommend, as long as you can backtrack to the trail. The valley just above the waterfall has panoramic views of the mountains.

A couple of friends and I did this trial last summer!! Highly recommend!

did this trail a few years ago and want to go back again. beautiful scenery

Me and my wife have done this trail twice (once while she was pregnant). The trail always amazes me and is absolutely beautiful. We stay at the Shovel Pass Lodge so we don’t have to carry our own gear in.

backpacking
9 months ago

backpacking
10 months ago

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

11 months ago

One of the great must do overnight trips in the Canadian Rockies. I have done it 3 times. Would recommend going from North to south. Get the fire road out of the way and enjoy the rest of the trip. We are older hikers and found 4 days 3 nights more to our ability. Camp at Signal, Curator and Evelin. Takera is definitely buggy.

This is a great in and out trail. Not too busy. But it is not in Whitehorse Creek Wildland Park. It is totally in Jasper National Park. You can go over into Whitehorse but not recommended. That part of the trail has been destroyed by recreational horse traffic.

backpacking
Thursday, October 12, 2017

Amazing trail! I slept at Watchtower (4km outside of the main trail). Completed in 2 days : 20 and 28km. Try to sleep at Curator campground for a 2 day hike.

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