Skyline Trail

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Skyline Trail is a 48.1 kilometer moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Jasper Park Lodge, Alberta, Canada that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until September.

DISTANCE
48.1 km
ELEVATION GAIN
1,805 m
ROUTE TYPE
Point to Point

backpacking

birding

camping

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

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.

hiking
14 minutes ago

Skyline is a must do in Jasper! The views are absolutely breath taking throughout the trail and so rewarding once you cross the notch. My husband and I hiked the trail in two days (one night) due to the time we had remaining. We are 28 and 30 years old and from what I consider to be pretty shape. If you do the trail in 2 days you have to be moving at a pretty decent pace! We stayed as watchtower because everything else was booked and would not recommend that if you can avoid staying there. The trail is not well marked/traveled and it is true the mosquito's are relentless!

backpacking
18 days ago

Totally awesome trail. Sure it’s heavily booked in advance but it doesn’t feel crowded. We booked late so modified the route to Evelyn Creek then Watchtower then back to little shovel via the notch - a big day. Ridge walking and views are sensational- must do hike in Jasper

22 days ago

As a first time overnight backpacker, the 2 day hike was challenging. But despite the grizzly encounter on the trail (near Snowbowl) and the hailstorm near Tekerra, the amazing views of the flower covered alpine meadows. turquoise lakes, and majestic mountains made it worth every step!

22 days ago

Spectacular views, beautiful meadows and gorgeous teal/ turquoise lakes. Loved this 3 day hike!

backpacking
22 days ago

Hiked July 17-19, 2018. Was only able to record day 1 of this trip. Mosquitoes were horrible when we camped at Snowbowl and Tekkara. Even worse on the fire road down to Signal Trailhead. Highly recommend a bug shirt.

We lucked out with the weather: sunny, warm - not cold at all at night, 13-15C. Grizzly spotted on the trail in the meadow between Snowbowl and Curator. He was collared and wasn’t fazed or interested in passing hikers.

26 days ago

Best views I've ever seen! Was raining over night and off and on through the day.
Snowpack was quite slippery due to rain and wind ...not recommended without crampons until that last snowbank gives up.

backpacking
29 days ago

Saw a Wolverine before Little Shovel pass, had heavy rain over the Notch and a snow storm in Tekara's campground. Camped at Snowbowl and Tekara. Epic backpacking hike!

hiking
1 month ago

One of my favourite trails of all time. The part along the ridgeway overlooking the valleys is just beautiful. I also love the Shovel Pass lodge for a relaxing break. It’s a long slog on the old fire road at the end but worth it!

4 months ago

Me and my wife have done this trail twice (once while she was pregnant). The trail always amazes me and is absolutely beautiful. We stay at the Shovel Pass Lodge so we don’t have to carry our own gear in.

backpacking
6 months ago

backpacking
8 months ago

One of my fave backpacks this summer. A repeater for sure.

9 months ago

One of the great must do overnight trips in the Canadian Rockies. I have done it 3 times. Would recommend going from North to south. Get the fire road out of the way and enjoy the rest of the trip. We are older hikers and found 4 days 3 nights more to our ability. Camp at Signal, Curator and Evelin. Takera is definitely buggy.

backpacking
10 months ago

Amazing trail! I slept at Watchtower (4km outside of the main trail). Completed in 2 days : 20 and 28km. Try to sleep at Curator campground for a 2 day hike.

backpacking
10 months ago

backpacking
10 months ago

Started at the Signal Mountain Trailhead to get some extra vert in (about 1,750 ft. extra) and backpacked to Watchtower campground (about 20 miles). First four or five miles are up a fire road without much of a view, so starting at Maligne Lake probably makes the most sense since you'll cruise down the fire road at the end of your journey. It was very rainy, smokey, and foggy, so didn't have great views. With soaked gear and some nasty blisters, we ended up hiking out of Watchtower to the park road where we hitchhiked back to our car.

Still, an amazing trail!! Will definitely do again when the weather is nicer.

hiking
11 months ago

Was a great hike, a bit challenging for those who aren't in good shape. Would stay at currator right before the notch. We stayed at Evelyn and it was a swamp with lots of mosquitos.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Incredible trail, did it in 2 nights, 3 days. easy to follow, breathtaking views as 20+ km are above the treeline. the last few hours along the fire route is mind-numbing though

Saturday, August 05, 2017

One of the best multi day hikes in the Canadian Rockies. A must do.

backpacking
Sunday, July 16, 2017

Did this with my girlfriend and it was spectacular. Expect every kind of weather (even mid-July) and lots of mosquitos. Stayed at Snowbowl, Curator, and Tekerra campgrounds. We thought Curator Campground was the nicest, and allows you to rest up before tackling the notch. Our views were slightly hindered by the forest fire smoke from BC but it was spectacular none the less!

backpacking
Thursday, September 29, 2016

This is our backpacking trip in Jasper's Skyline Trail.From Maligne Lake to Maligne Canyon, three days, two nights in Snow Bowl & Tekerra campgrounds, 44 KM'S in total. It rained most of the time, mosquitos were in high numbers, but we still had a good time.

hiking
Friday, October 09, 2015

Awesome did this trail in Mid October and it was amazing! Great views with changing landscapes.

hiking
Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Beautiful!!

hiking
Thursday, August 15, 2013

Amazing views, little steep in 1 section but so worth it

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