Old Fort Point Trail

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Jasper National Park

Old Fort Point Trail is a 3.7 kilometer heavily trafficked loop trail located near Jasper, Alberta, Canada that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 3.7 km Elevation Gain: 173 m Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

forest

river

views

wildlife

rocky

scramble

We recommend hiking in a clockwise direction. Going counter-clockwise would involve starting at the steep wooden stairs and lots of steep uphill at the beginning to the lookout as opposed to a more gentle climb and ending at the lookout, then going downhill on the way back if you take the clockwise direction. The trail begins on the trailhead marked 7/1 and follows through the peaceful forest. Some areas can be muddy and wet here at the beginning. There have been bears seen in this area, so bring bear spray. After rounding a corner and climbing a short and steep uphill section, the trail loops back around and opened up to some lovely views of the surrounding mountains. There is a little detour off the main trail to the red Parks Canada chairs on top of a flat hill with more amazing 360 degree views. The trail then continues through the forest and opens up again to climb a giant rock where there is the scenic viewpoint (the main attraction). The views are beautiful and overlook the town and surrounding mountains and valleys. From the viewpoint, the trail follows on a steep downhill path (be careful not to slip with the loose gravel and rocks), through some forest and then down a set of wooden stairs back to the trailhead. This last section of the hike is the most scenic with gorgeous views from the lookout point and continues as you hike down. The terrain is mostly flat in the beginning of the trail, with some uphill climbing involved around the corner and up to the lookout point, then continues on a steep downhill back to the trailhead. It is not difficult. During winter months, proper gear should be used on this trail.

hiking
3 days ago

June 2, 2020 - nice views of Jasper and Athabasca River ... a few wild flowers along the trail edges ... seeing a couple mountain goats was a bonus!

hiking
5 days ago

did this short hike with our 6 and 8 years old. leg burner incline but very easy. Rate this hike for beginner. Amazing 360 view at the top.

hiking
15 days ago

Thought it was a great walk! Very easy and a slow incline if taken from the backside first. Great for all ages

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washed out
24 days ago

stay on trail 1. 1A is a creek.

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bugs
muddy
rocky
30 days ago

hiking
flooded
1 month ago

Amazing hike to do with older kids and dogs. We did it clockwise and saved the stairs for last, so many breath taking views all the way through. A small portion of the trail was flooded and required us to bushwack a very short distance to be able to get around it.... other than that it was the perfect hike. We did stumble upon the mouflons and their herd has certainly grown! there was about 10 close to the end with a big beautiful male keeping a very close eye on us.... while it was a little to close to comfort for our kid (new to hiking) it was a great experience.

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icy
snow
3 months ago

Loved it. Great views on the top.

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icy
snow
3 months ago

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icy
3 months ago

We went counter-clockwise on this trail which worked better with all of the ice on the stairs. Highly recommend using ice cleats/microspikes as the steep bits are quite slippery. Beautiful clear views of the valley and the town of Jasper.

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icy
snow
3 months ago

Great photos! Really icy!!!

hiking
6 months ago

Cette randonnée est incroyable, ma préférée de toutes les randonnées faites en Alberta. Les climats et la végétation sont en perpétuel changement tout au long de la randonnée, c’est magnifique! Il y a 4 mouflons qui vivent dans cette montagne, c’est sublime de pouvoir les voir et passer un moment avec eux. Il est préférable de faire la randonnée en gardant la partie « difficile » pour la fin, puisqu’il est vraiment plus facile de descendre cette partie que de la monter. Définitivement une rando que je ferais chaque jours si j’habitais le coin!

backpacking
6 months ago

Nice view, nice forest. a simple but pretty hiking!

hiking
6 months ago

Nov 10 Beautiful trail. Take the clockwise trail route. Close to the top turn left to have a short hike up with a nice 180 view. 360 view is beautiful at the Red chairs.

hiking
7 months ago

The clockwise advise in the description must be followed if you plan to do the whole trail. If you just want to get to the view point or the Red Chairs, the other direction is fine, just know it’s a bit of a climb up. There is a shortcut 1A. Feel feel to take it as you won’t really miss anything sticking to the longer path. Get your camera ready once at the lookout. Absolute beautiful. Can see 360 degrees around you.

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rocky
7 months ago

Awesome little hike with a great view overlooking Jasper. Nice little spot to stop and rest at the top of the hill. Lots of wild life in the area as well so be prepared for that.

hiking
muddy
rocky
7 months ago

Definitely a great trail. We went on a cloudy day - so we didn’t see the amazing views that we knew were there - but it was a good hike. Very muddy along a few sections. Highly recommend poles & go clockwise. Saw bighorn sheep along the way. ~Kristi & Jason

hiking
7 months ago

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rocky
7 months ago

10/10 would recommend going clockwise!

hiking
8 months ago

Nice, simple hike. Great view over Jasper and it's surroundings. Nothing too spectacular besides the viewpoints.

hiking
muddy
rocky
8 months ago

I hiked Old Fort Point Loop in Jasper in the beginning of August 2019. It was a short and scenic 4 km loop trail located just on the outskirts of Jasper. I walked the trail clockwise and would recommend this direction. Going counter-clockwise would involve starting at the steep wooden stairs and lots of steep uphill at the beginning to the lookout as opposed to a more gentle climb and ending at the lookout, then going downhill on the way back if you take the clockwise direction. The trail began on the trailhead marked 7/1 and followed through the peaceful forest. Some areas were muddy and wet here at the beginning. When I started the trail, I met a couple who said they had just seen a mother grizzly bear and cubs on the path, so be aware of this and bring bear spray. Thankfully, I was careful and did not meet up with any bears. After rounding a corner and climbing a short and steep uphill section, the trail looped back around and opened up to some lovely views of the surrounding mountains. There was a little detour off the main trail to the red Parks Canada chairs on top of a flat hill with more amazing 360 degree views. The trail then continued through the forest and opened up again to climb a giant rock where there was the scenic viewpoint (the main attraction). The views were beautiful and overlooked the town and surrounding mountains and valleys. From the viewpoint, the trail followed on a steep downhill path (be careful not to slip with the loose gravel and rocks), through some forest and then down a set of wooden stairs back to the trailhead. This last section of the hike was the most scenic with gorgeous views from the lookout point and continued as you hiked down. The terrain was mostly flat in the beginning of the trail, with some uphill climbing involved around the corner and up to the lookout point, then continued on a steep downhill back to the trailhead. It was not difficult. I hiked the trail in the afternoon and was expecting it to be busier, however, I only passed a few other people which was nice. I would recommend doing this hike if you have extra time but there are definitely more rewarding trails in Jasper that I would do before this one. Overall, I really enjoyed it, there were good views, and it was a nice way to spend a free afternoon in Jasper.

hiking
8 months ago

This is a short and easy hike that our three year old accomplished easily. It’s a beautiful view of the city as well as the peaks looking south.

Beautiful views

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muddy
8 months ago

Sehr schöner Weg mit tollen Aussichtspunkten über Jasper und die Berge. Das erste Drittel nach dem Treppenanstieg hat sicher die besten Ausblicke, aber der Rest des Weges, insbesondere der Waldteil ist ebenso schön.

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