Edith Cavell Meadows Trail

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Jasper National Park

Edith Cavell Meadows Trail is a 6.1 kilometer heavily trafficked loop trail located near Improvement District No. 12 , Alberta, Canada that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from July until September.

Distance: 6.1 km Elevation Gain: 409 m Route Type: Loop

hiking

nature trips

snowshoeing

walking

bird watching

running

forest

lake

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

rocky

snow

washed out

no dogs

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/ 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.

14 days ago

Summer 2019. Alot of folks talk about this one and there is a reason why; amazing views! Pretty well a steady climb, so if that is not your thing, make sure you take lots of breaks and enjoy the views.....it is definitely worth doing the whole circuit! Be advised, even though this is a good drive out of Jasper, it is very popular; lots of traffic when I went.

hiking
rocky
scramble
1 month ago

August 2019. Stunning. There’s a reason this trail is heavily trafficked, it’s very little work for an incredible payoff. I recommend going as far up as possible, though we didn’t make it across the ridge as it was too windy. Edith Cavell is a gem of the rockies.

hiking
6 months ago

Amazing. Highly recommend going all the way up. Extremely strenuous but worth it.

hiking
7 months ago

Such an amazing area, I reccomend going down to the bottom to the lake and spending as much time as possible in this incredible place.

hiking
snow
7 months ago

hiking
rocky
scramble
snow
7 months ago

Spectacular! A must do. The hike to Viewpoint 3 is tough and steep through deep snow at times but so worth it!!

hiking
7 months ago

What a fantastic hike! Not sure why it’s not rated more like a 4.8. Beautiful views the whole way.

hiking
muddy
rocky
snow
7 months ago

we had a great time on this trail and waited for the sun to come out before starting which helped with conditions. there was plenty of snow but mostly powder which helped with traction and even gave way to some muddy bits in our way down. the peak on the trail is not to be missed!

hiking
snow
8 months ago

Snow covered throughout with short icy patches but still quite well-trafficked. Crampons would be helpful for those concerned with slippery conditions. magnificent views from the top.

hiking
8 months ago

Wow! This was the highlight of our trip to Canada! It had beautiful views, well taken care of, glaciers, mountains, peaks and even marmots!

hiking
snow
8 months ago

Snow, Slipery

hiking
8 months ago

Beautiful in the powdery snow, less busy in the morning.

hiking
8 months ago

Words fail

hiking
rocky
snow
8 months ago

hiking
8 months ago

Beautiful and easy hike with gorgeous views on glacier! The hike is really busy, but you can find a place for yourself:)

hiking
muddy
rocky
8 months ago

It's a steep climb in some places. Be prepared for loose rock and steep sections. Stunning views on a sunny day.

hiking
8 months ago

As usual, I was the first one on the trail and as usual what a fantastic experience. Not that difficult, you go there for the visual experience. The light was simply amazing.

hiking
muddy
rocky
8 months ago

hiking
rocky
8 months ago

hiking
8 months ago

We loved this trail and enjoyed seeing the glacier calve a bit into the icy pool below. The floating chunks of ice make for a good photo. The trail was busy, but the vistas were amazing even in cloudy weather. We look forward to coming back on a clear day.

hiking
8 months ago

Made to the top but was super foggy. Would recommend just going to the first look out if its foggy.

hiking
bugs
muddy
8 months ago

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