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Best trails in Jasper National Park

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Looking for a great trail in Jasper National Park, Alberta? AllTrails has 104 great hiking trails, mountain biking trails, trail running trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Ready for some activity? There are 46 moderate trails in Jasper National Park ranging from 2.4 to 73.7 km and from 980 to 2,712 meters above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
Description

Jasper is a National Park in the Canadian Rockies and part of UNESCO's Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks World Heritage Site. Attractions include Mount Edith Cavell, Pyramid Lake, Pyramid Mountain, Maligne Lake, Medicine Lake, and the Tonquin Valley. Wildlife in the park includes elk, moose, bighorn sheep and bears. For visitor center hours see here: https://www.pc.gc.ca/en/pn-np/ab/jasper/visit/heures-hours ADMISSION FEES Daily * Adult $ 10.00 * Senior $ 8.40 Youth free * Family/Group $ 20.00 * Commercial Group, per person $ 8.40 Parks Canada Discovery Pass * Adult $ 69.19 * Senior $ 59.17 * Family/Group $ 139.40 Accessibility: Information about accessible trails and facilities for those with disabilities or using strollers can be found here: https://www.pc.gc.ca/en/pn-np/ab/jasper/visit/installations-facilities/accessible

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Map of trails in Jasper National Park
Park information
Area:
1,122,800 hectares
Contact
780-852-6176
Top trails (104)
#1 - Valley of the Five Lakes Loop from Icefields Parkway
Jasper National Park
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Length: 4.8 km • Est. 1 h 13 m
The trail starts off by passing through the forest and then crossing a wooden footbridge over a tall grassy and marshy area before gently climbing back into the forest. At the junction, you can either start the loop around the lakes clockwise or counter clockwise. This route takes the path to the right and goes counter clockwise, starting at the fifth lake and going around the first. The trail consists of some steeper uphill and downhill sections along with some flatter areas in between but it is not too difficult. Upon reaching the fifth lake, the trail follows a narrow ridge along the side of a hill which provides amazing views of the lakes and gorgeous mountain landscape. All five lakes are absolutely beautiful and awe-inspiring and you will love the vibrant colour of the water in unique shades of blue and green and how crystal clear they are. There are beautiful reflections of the surrounding mountains and pine trees on the calm water's surface which makes for some lovely photos. These lakes are among some of the most breathtaking in the Rockies. When you get to the first lake, continue along Trail 9B to loop back around to the trailhead unless you are looking for a longer hike around the first lake, then take Trail 9A. It takes around 1 hour and 45 minutes to complete the hike including many stops to take photos and admire the natural beauty around me. These stunning lakes are definitely a must-see and well worth a visit in Jasper.Show more
#2 - Sulphur Skyline Trail
Jasper National Park
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Length: 7.7 km • Est. 3 h 22 m
NOTE: As of August 2020, the road leading to the trailhead is closed. If you want to hike this trail, you need to bike or walk 15km from the Hwy (and 15km back to your car when you are done). Please check here for updates and more information: https://www.pc.gc.ca/en/pn-np/ab/jasper/visit/routessaisonnieres-seasonalroadShow more
#3 - Edith Cavell Meadows Trail
Jasper National Park
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Length: 8.5 km • Est. 3 h 8 m
Note: Parks Canada keeps this trail closed until it is able to dry out, which is usually around mid-July. To check current road conditions, please see http://511.alberta.ca/ For additional park information, see their page here: https://www.pc.gc.ca/en/pn-np/ab/jasper/activ/activ-experience/sentiers-trails/etat-sentiers-trail-conditions The Edith Cavell Meadows is a spectacular hike with breathtaking scenery or the beautiful flowery meadows, glaciers and mountains. The trail starts off gently climbing a partially paved path along the Path of the Glacier. It leads to a viewing area overlooking the Angel Glacier and Cavell Pond, where the views are amazing and you feel so close to the scenery. But the views just keep getting better along the rest of the trail! The trail then continues to climb uphill as it passes over the rocky moraine and then enters the subalpine forest before opening up to the beautiful meadows with colourful wildflowers above the treeline. There are stunning views of the glacier and mountains throughout the hike. The mosquitoes can be relentless and aggressive along most of the hike so you will want to bring bug spray. There are hoary marmots along the hike, which were super cute. Before you reach the main lookout at the end of the trail, there is a junction with two options - in the route shown they are done as a loop. Be aware that there can be avalanches along the way to the top. The hike is consistently and steadily uphill from start to finish, with some steeper sections and some gentler ones along switchbacks, but it is totally manageable for someone of good fitness. We recommend going slow and taking lots of breaks if you're getting tired and using hiking poles, which are especially helpful with going downhill. Also, bring lots of water and snacks as there is nowhere nearby to purchase anything. The temperatures get much colder and windier at the top of the trail, so wear warm layers as well. In total, this round trip hike takes about 3.5 hours to complete including all of the stops along the way. If you are looking for a fantastic and incredibly rewarding day hike in Jasper (it takes about 40 minutes to get from town to the trailhead parking lot) with stunning natural beauty, we HIGHLY recommend this one. Show more
#4 - Maligne Canyon Loop Trail
Jasper National Park
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Length: 3.4 km • Est. 1 h 6 m
Maligne Canyon is a spectacularly beautiful place to go for a hike and marvel at this incredible natural wonder and there are plenty of photo opportunities along this scenic trail. The canyon is located only a ten minute drive from the town of Jasper and is easily accessible. It's a popular place for visitors to explore, but if you arrive early in the morning (7:30 or 8 am), you will beat most of the crowds. You can start the hike from various points along the canyon. The trail follows alongside the canyon the entire hike and the scenery gets more and more beautiful the closer you get to the First Bridge. Although there is some elevation gain, the inclines were fairly gentle and nothing too difficult or steep at all. The narrow canyon is so deep and beautiful and the surrounding scenery is gorgeous! It is incredible to imagine how the power of water had eroded and carved this gorge over many years. Maligne can be a good alternative to Johnston Canyon in Banff - some find it more breathtaking and less crowded and touristy. There are incredible viewpoints of the canyon from the Fourth, Third, Second and First Bridges and at various points along the way too. There are bathrooms at the trailhead of the Fifth and First Bridges in the parking area and a restaurant near the First Bridge as well. The hike from the Fifth Bridge to the First and back takes around 2.5 hours including many stops for taking photos and admiring the awe-inspiring natural beauty. If you are staying in Jasper, Maligne Canyon is definitely worth exploring. Show more
#5 - Maligne Canyon
Jasper National Park
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Length: 4.3 km • Est. 1 h 24 m
Maligne Canyon is a spectacularly beautiful place to go for a hike and marvel at this incredible natural wonder and there are plenty of photo opportunities along this scenic trail. The canyon is located only a ten minute drive from the town of Jasper and is easily accessible. It's a popular place for visitors to explore, but if you arrive early in the morning (7:30 or 8 am), you will beat most of the crowds. You can start the hike from various points along the canyon. The trail follows alongside the canyon the entire hike and the scenery gets more and more beautiful the closer you get to the First Bridge. Although there is some elevation gain, the inclines are fairly gentle and nothing too difficult or steep at all. The narrow canyon is so deep and beautiful and the surrounding scenery is gorgeous! It is incredible to imagine how the power of water has eroded and carved this gorge over many years. Maligne can be a good choice if you find Johnston Canyon in Banff to be too crowded. There are incredible viewpoints of the canyon from the Fourth, Third, Second and First Bridges and at various points along the way too. There are bathrooms at the trailhead of the Fifth and First Bridges in the parking area and a restaurant near the First Bridge as well. The hike from the Fifth Bridge to the First and back takes around 2.5 hours including stops for taking photos and admiring the awe-inspiring natural beauty. If you are staying in Jasper, Maligne Canyon is definitely worth exploring.Show more
#6 - Wilcox Pass
Jasper National Park
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Length: 9.3 km • Est. 3 h 30 m
#7 - Valley of Five Lakes and First Lake
Jasper National Park
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Length: 8.2 km • Est. 2 h 36 m
#8 - Athabasca Falls
Jasper National Park
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Length: 0.8 km • Est. 16 m
Athabasca Falls is located approximately 30 minutes south of the town of Jasper along the scenic Icefields Parkway. It is a place definitely worth stopping and exploring. The waterfalls are gorgeous and you can explore the canyon too. There is a network of paved pathways leading to various areas overlooking the waterfalls and viewpoints of the deep and narrow canyon. There are a network of paved pathways leading to various areas overlooking the waterfalls and viewpoints of the deep and narrow canyon. Athabasca Falls is a powerful and gorgeous waterfall with a stunning backdrop of forests, mountains and the river flowing through as huge volumes of water rushed down into the canyon. There are a few lookout points offering different views of the falls along the trails. The area can be quite crowded with some of the lookout areas being very small, so you may have to wait your turn in order to get up front and take photos. The pathways are interesting to explore and one of them leads through a narrow section between two walls of the canyon with stairs carved into the rocks. There are some great vantage points overlooking the river and the canyon to see where the water had eroded the rock to create caves and unique rock formations over many years. Athabasca Falls is a wonderful area to discover, admire the natural beauty and take plenty of photos. The parking lot is large and can accommodate quite a few vehicles. It would probably be best to visit in the morning during the summer season before the crowds of people show up. If you’re driving the Icefields Parkway, definitely stop here.Show more
#9 - Bald Hills Trail Loop
Jasper National Park
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Length: 15.0 km • Est. 4 h 44 m
Please note: This trail is not technically difficult however does have a steady climb. If taking the "short cut," that portion is difficult. This trail closes seasonally due to snow.Show more
#10 - Skyline Trail
Jasper National Park
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Length: 48.1 km • Est. Multi-day
This is a multiday hike. You can camp at Little Shovel, Curator, and Signal campgrounds. All campgrounds have water access. Curator to Signal is a long hike with a steep climb to the Notch. Show more
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