Skyline Trail is a 48.1 kilometer moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Jasper, Alberta, Canada that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, nature trips, and backpacking and is best used from May until September.

Distance: 48.1 km Elevation Gain: 1,805 m Route Type: Point to Point

backpacking

camping

hiking

nature trips

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

snow

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
6 months ago

3D2N trail end Aug, felt like a good pace for beginner (I've a desk job and don't exercise much beyond swimming once a week). Met plenty running it or doing in 1 or 2 days. Lots of great picture opportunities on day 2 and post notch on day 3, saw tons of marmots and brown mama bear and 2 cubs. Weather took turn for a worse and ended up falling quite a bit, good thing I overpacked. Was pretty wet and muddy. Also foggy and windy at the notch, group before us turned back due to poor visibility. Cleared up enough when we got to it fortunately.

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7 months ago

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8 months ago

Excellent trail to make most of Jasper’s glacier skyline, for a 2 to 4-days hike, in real backcountry. Would definitely recommend it for any hiker (beginner to pro, and even families). Given the number of campgrounds along the way, the hike can be tailored to fit any hiker’s pace. We performed the hike in 2 days, South to North, in the conventional direction which is followed by a majority of hikers. This direction is slightly better in my opinion, as you avoid a tough 1st day in terms of positive inclination, and you get to up the Notch rather than down, which is less problematic in case of snow or ice. We had a layover in Curator campground, which is very well located in the case of a 2-days hike like we did. It is just a little way out of the main track, so plan for a 30-min walk down or up from the camp. Doing the hike in 2 days is totally feasible but makes up 2 full days of hiking. We hiked from 10AM to 07PM each day, with multiple stops for pictures along the way. We also performed the hike in mid-September and I can say that it was not too crowded. It may more the case in the months of July and August, but with the bottleneck of the number of spots in each campground, it is nice to know that the trail is not packed at all. There are water sources all along the way. Therefore carrying water filters remains useful but not essential as most sources are direct downstreams from glaciers so drinkable. Views are great, wildlife is present along the way but mostly in the first and last sections which are below the tree-lines. Once above, there is less more landscapes to admire and less wildlife to witness.

hiking
8 months ago

We did this trail in four days and three nights-so leisurely. Took shuttle to trail head and parked car. Camp Nights: Little Shovel (a little short), Curator, Tekarra. Poor signage to Curator- go down into valley for campsite.,Very lucky with cloudy but clear weather over the Notch-would be tricky in fog. High winds-60-80 km on the ridge.Again, would be tricky in poor visibility. All Trails very accurate for markers and streams! No worries getting water anywhere. A little muddy to Little Shovel but we had had little rain before. No bugs, too cold. Wonderful views, met great people as hopscotched each other to campsites. Pack as light as possible, poles, gaiters, good wind/rain gear recommended. Wildlife: the fattest marmots you’ll ever see, no other mammals but signs of moose and elk. Great experience!

hiking
8 months ago

Amazing Trail. We had the best weather possible. Clear & sunny the whole day. Even at the Notch. Met amazing people, great trail, stunning views. Started Saturday at Signal Trailhead (opposite to where most start) went to Little Shovel, camped, then headed out this morning to Maligne Lake. Lots of mention on the trail of a sow and her cubs at Snowbowl. We didn’t see her.

backpacking
9 months ago

Completed this trail on the September long weekend and it lived up to its reputation. Stunning views for almost the entire trail. Started at the south end and hiked to Snowbowl the first night in about 3.5 hours. A few mosquitoes here but I've had much worse. Started raining overnight and I hiked to Curator in the rain and fog/clouds in just over 2 hours (didn't take the shortcut route). Things started to clear up that evening and the sun came out in the morning. Ran into a grizzly sow and cub just above Curator when starting my day. The Notch was in good shape and I intended to stay over at Signal that night but when I was approaching, I could see rain coming towards me. With an already wet tent and sleeping bag, I decided to go straight to the car at the north end, taking just over 7 hours from Curator to the car. Would definitely do this trail again someday!

hiking
9 months ago

Trail has a fair amount of mud in the south side up to and including snowbowl camp site. Lots of mosquitos so bring repellent. Beautiful hike with amazing scenery. Saw a grizzly sow with 3 cubs approx 1.5 km north of snowbowl.

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9 months ago

This is a great trail. You will find marmots, wildflowers, snow fields, pleasant aromas, challenging mountain passes, and incredible views from the notch of the rockies.

running
9 months ago

I love this trail!! This is the second time doing it this summer and the first time we had good weather! The mountains are incredible to be around and especially after the ‘notch’ it’s all ridgeline and a perfect landscape of Marmot ski hill, WHISTLERs, athabasca rice and jasper !!

backpacking
9 months ago

Awesome hike, breathtaking views of the Rockies with a wide variety of terrain. If you are planning to do this over multiple days pay particular to planning your logistics especially if you are driving any distance to the trailhead. We drove in from Calgary and spent the night at Pocahontas a frontcountry campsite so we could get an early start the next day. We had planned and booked our hike over 4 days starting at the Maligne Lake trailhead ( first night at Little Shovel, second night at Curator and the final night at Signal) So to avoid taking 2 cars, we dropped off our car at the Signal trailhead (north end) parking lot and arranged to take a shuttle with Maligne Adventures at 9am which got us on the trail about 10am - you must book the shuttle in advance.. Unfortunately it was only 8 kms to Little Shovel, so we arrived just gone noon. Second day we hiked to Curator which was 12 kms arriving at 12:30pm. The next day was to hike 20 kms to Signal and camp there for our final night and then hike out 8.5 km the next day on the Signal fire road. Given our pace and the mainly descending elevation, we decided to forego the final night and hiked out the 28.5 kms on the third day in 7.5 hours. I would recommend doing the hike over 3 days with first night at Snowbowl (12 kms) and second night at Tekarra(22.5 kms) and then hike out the remaining 13.5 kms on the third day. Also note as others have mentioned, the All Trails distances are more accurate than the posted trailhead signage which indicates the Skyline trail is only 41.4 vs 48.1 kms. My hiking partner and I are in our late 50’s and found the pace to be quite reasonable with lots of time for taking breaks to rehydrate, eat and take lots of pictures. We met lots of awesome people from all over the world which was great to share hiking stories and experiences. Definitely a must do hike and one that makes you feel on top of the world!

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9 months ago

This was such a great trail to run on. Yes there where ups (and downs) but well worth the fight and challenge it was to finish in a day. I went with 2 others and we ran the trail in a day - we took between 7hrs 20 - 7hrs 45 to complete it . ** if you are looking for more of an easier 48km

running
9 months ago

Beautiful trail and friendly people, completed in 7 hours running. Weather can change in a heartbeat so make sure you bring the appropriate outerwear. Parks Canada says 41/42kms, however, AllTrails says 48.1kms, which is what our gps watches got.

hiking
9 months ago

One of the best hikes in the Rockies or anywhere. If you're moderately fit it's best done over 2 days, staying at curator. It can get buggy in July but nowhere near Tonquin-buggy, i.e. you'll be fine with a little deet. Views from the Notch will desensitize you to natural beauty for years to come. The main ranges stretch out to the continental divide in front and the little arctic poppies cling to the windswept scree on the ridges. We combined it with an ascent of Tekarra for a gruelling second day. Highly recommended detour for fit parties.

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9 months ago

running
9 months ago

We ran this on August 8th and were treated to amazing conditions. Sunshine, mild breeze, and virtually no bugs. The wet spots on the trail were easily avoidable. 7.5h total time at a leisurely pace if you're looking to run it.

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9 months ago

Done in 2013.

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9 months ago

My daughter and I just finished this trail yesterday. We stayed at Little Shovel the first night after a relatively easy 8km first day. The camp was extremely mosquito infested and we were confined to our tent for the afternoon and evening. Day 2 brought us out of the trees and into the beautiful vistas that the Skyline trail is known for. It was a bit muddy with a few rock-hopping creek crossings but overall a moderate day on the trail. The hike over Big Shovel Pass was the challenge for day 2. Night two was spent at Curator which was much less buggy than LS. Day 3 started with the climb out of Curator and then the Notch! The last 30m to the top of the Notch was dicey at best. The footholds were falling away under us. Scary! The views from then on are absolutely stunning though!! We were supposed to stay at Signal night 3 but wound up hiking out the last 9km down the fire road after we found ourselves alone at the campsite and more than ready for a shower and soft bed. Overall this trail is amazingly beautiful and well worth the effort it takes. I would recommend two nights if fitness allows.

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10 months ago

Fantastic views and awe-inspiring hike! The campsites were so buggy that you couldn’t even be outside. We stayed at Little Shovel, Curator, and Tekkara. If you can do it physically, I recommend doing the trail in the least number of days possible in order to avoid the mosquitoes and the camping.

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