Cinquefoil Mountain Trail

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Jasper National Park

Cinquefoil Mountain Trail is a 7.8 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Snaring, Alberta, Canada that features a river and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and backpacking and is best used from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 7.8 miles Elevation Gain: 4,215 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

backpacking

hiking

forest

river

views

wildlife

rocky

scramble

snow

hiking
rocky
scramble
snow
8 days ago

hiking
15 days ago

The trail is straight up most of the way. There’s at least 5 false summits. We saw long horned sheep near the start of the trail. The views at the top were really nice! Unfortunately my knees started playing up on the way down which added more time than expected. It was a nice trail however I much prefer Old man, but that’s just my personal opinion.

hiking
16 days ago

Trail is in prime conditions, hiked last week in 4 hrs return trip. Was snowy in spots closer to the peak but easily avoidable. Did this hike without any spikes or anything. The view was just spectacular, would highly recommend for an early season hike!

22 days ago

Dry and can be hiked avoiding minimal snow left. Good trail but prefer old man which has more runnable terrain

hiking
scramble
snow
28 days ago

April 29th. Knee-deep snow in places, mostly avoidable with some extra scrambling. Trail is easy to follow, marked most of the way with cairns. Return in 6.5 hours, without snowshoes/crampons, with a dog. Great views, worth the scree slogs near the middle.

hiking
off trail
rocky
scramble
7 months ago

Absolutely a recommend trail, the views even from lower down are amazing. The trail is marked by cairns, but its basically a goat path and even a light snow completely obscures it. We only hiked to the false summit around 1800m because going higher would have meant climbing in cloud, but even there we had a stunning view of the whole valley. From the amount of goat poop, I'd guess you probably have a decent chance of seeing them - we did.

hiking
rocky
scramble
7 months ago

Did this hike on a whim- and are we ever glad we did! This is truly a hidden gem, as the trailhead starts right on the side of the road on the way to Jasper. After a short trek through the trees, you reach the start of the uphill climb. The incline from here is relentless and steep, and there will be many fake summits, until you reach the actual summit. It is a tough scramble over the ridge until you reach the top, however, the views from here are incredible! The "trail" is more of a goat path with occasional markers, and we lost it several times, especially with some snow at the top, but it is manageable to navigate your way around the cliffs, both on the way up and down. Definitely one of the best hikes I've done in the Jasper area, and well worth the hard work!

hiking
bugs
no shade
scramble
7 months ago

Found this hike very exhausting and very uphill. Multiple false summits, but overall great hike!! Mosquitoes are absolutely terrible in mid summer, swallowed about 4 of them, and ran out of a full bottle of bug spray.

hiking
over grown
rocky
scramble
8 months ago

Excellent hike, there’s a bit of a scramble about 1.5K in. Very uphill for parts which was a great leg burner! Big note is we got stalked by a bear and he came at the both of us but we managed to scare him off. On the way down in the commotion we lost the trail and couldn’t find it again as both our phones died (of course right! Lol) we managed to listen for the cars and found the road and walked back to our car. Be bear aware and bring a portable charger !

hiking
bridge out
off trail
over grown
scramble
8 months ago

hiking
9 months ago

Trailhead blocked by construction right now. Decent, easy scramble. Views ok. Nothing technical. 4-5 hour return.

hiking
bugs
no shade
rocky
scramble
10 months ago

Great hike with incredible views, 5 false summits before the actual summit.

hiking
closed
10 months ago

As of July 15th, access to the trailhead is blocked by road construction. The flaggers said that work will continue for several weeks.

hiking
scramble
snow
10 months ago

Excellent trail with minimal scrambling. There was snow after 2000 m on June 23, 2019 when I completed the route but only scattered pockets and about 30 cm at the summit. I read some trail info from another site suggesting that you bushwack at the start; do not do this. Park at the Merlin pass trailhead and follow the trail in. There is a fork to the left after about 250 m which leads badly damaged bridge. It is passable but a little sketchy. Stay on this trail it will lead you to the right place.

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