Explore the most popular wild flowers 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.

Very scenic trail. Had to stop many times on the way up to take in the views. Snow areas started about 3/4 of the way up. Doable with just hiking boots but bring the poles. The snow disappears at the last scramble to the top. Highly recommend going all the way up!

Loved it! We just did it this last may long weekend and it was awesome! Very easy trail to follow and an amazing view. Only downside was when we went, some snow was starting to melt so we were stomping through some mud and it was quite slippery! But over all, it was a lot of fun!

Good challenge with the steep elevation gain. However waist deep snow near the top(Im 6’5)
And trail is not clearly marked
May 20

Great hike. Beautiful views.

Amazing trail with great views. The road up is closed however for Summer 2018. So if you plan on doing this hike plan on hiking the 12 kilometers up the road to the Edith Cavell parking lot just to get to the trailhead. We went this May long weekend 2018 intending to do the hike but were turned away because the roads closed. Luckily there's lots of other hikes in Jasper

8 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 did this hike in early May and it was COVERED in snow. The first 2/3 were manageable but it was waist-deep for the last 1/3 with no other tracks to follow. It made for a lot of falling and funny moments but was very slow going (about 6 hours hike time - at least double what it would normally take).

Everyone ahead of us turned around when the snow got too deep but I’m glad we pushed through it. The views were worth it! I’m looking forward to trying it again in the summer or fall.

If you’re doing this hike in spring, bring snowshoes!

Amazing views, steep in a couple spots but overall very easy trail, lots of good spots to get some amazing shots of the turquoise blue lakes. 100% worth it to take 2 hours out of your day for.

Amazing views!!!

24 days ago

Hiked April 23rd 2018. Not recommended at this time of year by many locals without proper equipment for avalanche preparation and knowledge of the trail. We didn’t know that until after. After the fork in the road all signage was still buried under the snow meaning the trail wasn’t obvious. We managed to climb through knee deep sometimes hip deep snow assumedly almost to the peak in approximately 2:30-3:00 hours considering the trail conditions. We were unable to complete the loop as we could no longer find trail indicators. That being said the views from the top were fantastic!

One of my favourite hikes in Jasper National Park. Great short hike (we spent somewhere around 3 or 4 hours round trip with plenty of time just sitting at the summit) with the most fantastic 360 degree viewpoint at the summit, and a hot spring waiting for you at the base when you finish.

28 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.

Enjoyed this trail as a kid and again as an adult. Views are fantastic at the top. I prefer to hike this trail when it is on the cooler side. Hot summer days can be brutal.

Nice hike that was doable in the winter conditions early April. Some deep patches of snow, Wabasso lake was still totally frozen April 8, walked out to the island.

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.

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

Nice hike mostly through woods with a lake every so often.

Basically Wilcox pass can be hiked from north to south vice versa or part way up and then back down either way. Tangle ridge branches off less than a km up the northern entrance to Wilcox. It heads steadily up north from there. These are two separate hikes so it's kind of misleading, often people try to find tangle ridge but end up doing the whole Wilcox pass instead. Tangle is not marked and route finding is a must for the first bit. However should you find it and push through a quad screaming trudge to the top you'll be blessed with incredible views of mt andromeda and athabasca. The Columbia icefields comes into view as do the tips of north twin and mt Columbia and an incredible view of mt Alberta. Three iconic mountains that cannot be seen from the highway!

Good packed snow trail with moderate elevation shifts. Recommend cleats/crampons in the packed snow. Also good for snowshoeing.

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!!

5 months ago

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

An easy steady grade ascends through piney woods to views of the Columbia glacier. Sit on the iconic red Adirondack chairs and watch the Icefields trucks drive out onto the glacier and deposit little ant tourists. Keep going higher, above treeline, and feel like you're in the Alps with peaks all around and sweeping 360 degree views. Look for chunks of rock with ammonite fossils near the trail. Wear waterproof footwear, the trail can be muddy if there's been recent rain or snowfall (there was a light dusting of snow when we started out).

Great easy hike.

Touristy & underwhelming.


Beautiful clear lakes, took a swim in the ice cold water

Great RC trail!

I think this map doesn't include the path to the summit. The summit you start to see from below treeline is not the summit, there is more way to go from fake summit. But if you could make it plus 1.6 km to the top, you can see 360℃ views of mountains from Banff to North of Jasper. My friend made it, and his picture from the summit was beyond description.

I was a tourist from sea level, and already stayed Jasper for 2 days before Mt. Edith Cavell, yet it kept making me heavily out of breath after treeline. After treeline, it will be very steep and loose gravels. But it shouldn't be too tough by steepness itself, if it was your daily neighbourhood walking for 1 or 2 hrs, but you feel very tired easily at several steps if you're not used to this elevation (the start is already 1700m). Near summit (close to sunset, at the end of September), it was very cold in wind, I couldn't feel my fingers in globe. But all the way you can see the rocky mountains on your side and which is very beautiful and therapeutic.

I took 2h40m to 2100m, and turn back and less than 2hrs to parking lot. As of 18/Sep/2017, you need a parking pass with assigned time slot from tourism centre due to entrance restriction.

Not a bad hike it was all snow when we did it so that made it harder, the last steep bit to the top hasn't had much traffic so no real defined trail through the snow. Pretty good view from the summit, we did it up and down in 2.5hrs.

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