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Jura Creek, Door Jamb and Loder Peak Tail

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Bow Valley Provincial Park

Jura Creek, Door Jamb and Loder Peak Tail is a 5.8 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Municipal District of Bighorn No. 8, Alberta, Canada that features a river and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 5.8 mi Elevation gain 2,706 ft Route type Loop

Dogs on leash

Hiking

Nature trips

Snowshoeing

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Forest

River

Views

Wildlife

Over grown

Scramble

Snow

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NOTE: This route goes clockwise, but previous hikers recommend taking it counter-clockwise. Please read the reviews before hiking. This is an unofficial trail so there are no route markings and numerous side paths that people have taken to scramble to the top of Loder peak. If you're an experienced scrambler/climber this isn't a problem. But if you are a hiker or amateur scrambler, you will find yourself facing a difficult retreat down extremely steep slopes to try to find a different route up the shoulder of the mountain to the peak. With the first 3 km of this track being 30-50° incline, this can make for an extremely tricky scramble. However, the views from the peak are fantastic!

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Rurik Tullio
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Hiking

Would not recommend for beginners. This trails is relatively short (+-4h), small scree patches on the way down to the creek. The trail is not very well marked. I would recommend counterclockwise (hard part first).

Rob Graves
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HikingOff trailRockyScramble

Great hike nice way to hit two peaks in a day. The loop is awesome...steep right off the bat up and down. After the down climb from Loder you get into a gully. When you get to the first intersection things level out a bit. Great out hike. Boots and poles a must as it is very steep. Pay attention to the trail on the map as it is not well marked. Carins all the way so watch for them. Amazing views of Goat Mountain and Yamnuska. Loved it!!!!

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Sean Beacom
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HikingScramble

So like others say, I would consider this an advanced trail. I went counter-clockwise and I would highly suggest this direction for anyone summiting both peaks. You start gaining significant elevation this direction with little respite till you make it to the peak, but the payoff is grand as you get to enjoy a 360 panorama basically the whole ridge walk. Coming down the backside is a little tricky with lots of loose rocks but I would imagine it’s much easier to go up the front side (even tho you have to scramble a bit) and down the back due to the steepness of the front (easier going up than down I suggest). In addition, there’s a lot of boulder hopping coming down the creek bed on the backside that would also be easier on the down than up. The creek bed has some really cool weathering with many sections almost marble smooth. I made the brief saunter up to the cave, a few hundred meters backtracking, but it was not the highlight of this otherwise spectacular hike. It kinda feels like the quintessential Rocky Mtn hike in that you have a scramble, ridge walk, Boulder hopping, short scree descents, finishing with a beautiful walk down the creek bed with its massive boulders and previously mentioned smooth walls. I could see this creek being more of an obstacle in the spring but by today June 23, it was almost dry and the small water there was did not cause any issues. Highly recommend for any confident experienced hiker

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Kaitlyn Hiebert
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HikingRockyScramble

Only Door Jamb Nice hike for a weekend afternoon, I recommend starting by 10:30 to be at the top for noon. There is a second ridge/crest passersby told us would be another 30 minutes past the first peak so we skipped it and still had great views. Bring a windbreaker for the top of the mountain, it was very blustery. Took us about 4 hours with a very leisurely lunch. Fairly easy to get us and down though the paths are numerous and often cross one another, I suggest staying right on your way up. Some scramble patches and a little steep at some points but less so than Hai Ling. Will do it again :)

Iaci Nunes Soares
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HikingOff trailRockyScramble

This trail is extremely challenging. It is very steep and it is not a stablished or marked trail. We did the counter clockwise loop in 5 hours and a half. It’s very easy to lose the “path”. After going up 600 m elevation, we were lost for about 45 minutes trying to find a way to go up, while some people just went straight up a rock face (I don’t rock climb). We finally found the proper path though. It is important to stay to the right. The way down was even harder. It’s loose rocks all the way down on a crazy incline with nothing to grab on or any sign of a trail. If you are up for some adventure and don’t mind the steepness this can be fun. It’s important to be alert and cautious at all times checking the AllTrails gps.

Josh Hoggan
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Hiking

Went on this route without reading the info. Amazingly gorgeous and fun river walk up Jura Creek which turned into adventure hopping massive boulders. The route to the top (clockwise) was challenging, steep, but not precarious. Had to pay very close attention to signs of trail usage on the way down from the summit to avoid getting derailed

Jason P
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Did the loop today, June 11, went counter clock wise. Weather was great and conditions were dry. Summited the peak North of Loder and came down the back side which was hard to define any sort of trail without regular checking of the GPS map. Once you are down through the gulley and traveling down Jura Creek the Canyon didn't have too much water and was quite picturesque. Had a great scramble!

Nathan Ellis
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Hiking

Great hike, not the best summit

Marquis Davoli
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Hiking

This trail is VERY difficult, and not an official trail at all. I did the loop clockwise and regretted it. After climbing over rocks in the creek you finally go off the creek to start your ascent to Loder Peak, that ascent is not a trail at all but a gully filled with rocks and snow (did this June 4). It was very steep but I finally made it to the top and to get to the actual peak I had to basically rock climb which was very dangerous. The whole way down there was not a clear trail and it was very steep and all sheer rock with gravel on top making it very easy to slip. Thankfully I finished this trail in 6 hours but it was the hardest hike of my life and very exhausting. I would not recommend doing the loop. I would say to either summit the 2 peaks and then go down the same way, or just go up the creek and go down the same way. The loop is really not enjoyable.

Mark van Engelen
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HikingRockyScrambleSnow

On the last day in May we started in Jura creek and did the hike clockwise. There was quite some water in the creek making it challenging for our dog to get up. From the creek upwards there were several patches of snow so we had to bushwack quite a bit making it steeper and no sign of trails so glad we had the gps tracking. Also some spots were to steep for our dog. On the ridge the wind was howling and the trails were hard to keep track of. Impressive height and view at the top but the wind and rain didnt make it very enjoyable unfortunately. The whole loop took us about 7 hours includong breaks. Would wait a few weeks before attempting it. Don't bring your dog.

Emz Veloso
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HikingRockyScramble

Moderate scramble. If possible stay on the trail on the ridge. I followed the easy trail, thought it was the best way, my bad I ended up on the hard route. Too late to realized I caught myself in the middle of the slog. My knees started to shake, glad my friend brought a rope so he help me get through the slog. Still we made it to the Doorjamb Peak and back to the parking lot safe and sound. Would love to do this one again and finish the Loder Peak.

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Ken Tanisaki
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HikingRockyScramble
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Erie 1
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HikingRockyScramble
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carl glaser
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Good trail/route conditions. No snow other than minor patches. No snow all the way to Loder. Did out and back...not the loop

Wayne Brown
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Great hike. 6C at the start and about 10C when I finished. No snow on the trail. Made it to Loder without spikes or poles. Little bit of rain and low visibility but and awesome hike.

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Talus Hume
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HikingIcyRockyScrambleSnow

Tough hike - completed this loop clockwise on April 25-26 with our dog. We were dropped off and picked up due to Covid-19 vehicle access restrictions. Stayed overnight at the Jura Creek/Loder Peak trail junction. Very difficult conditions. Each step we found ourselves waist deep in snow. The trail up to Loder Peak was very steep with the same snow conditions. Extremely windy at the top. The way down is a rocky scramble almost the entire way. Downloading the map helped keep us on track as the trail is snowed over in many places. Highly recommend bringing snow shoes, microspikes and gaiters this time of year. Counter-clockwise may be the easier route. Great views at the top of both peaks!

Mike Lang
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