Sulphur Skyline Trail

MODERATE 194 reviews
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Sulphur Skyline Trail is a 7.7 kilometer heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Improvement District No. 12 , Alberta, Canada that features hot springs and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
7.7 km
ELEVATION GAIN
649 m
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

hot springs

views

wild flowers

wildlife

old growth

rocky

scramble

snow

You'll find the Sulpher Skyline trailhead by driving highway 16 to Pocahontas. Turn onto the Miette Hot Springs Road(Pocahontas as well), and proceed 16.9 km to the Miette Hot Springs parking area. The hiking trail starts above and right of the pool complex.

5 days ago

Starts off easy, paved road. then changes to mixture of dirt and rocks. steady uphill, steep in a lot of places. took many many breaks. trail is well outlined. the summit was relief and sense of accomplishment!! very windy at the summit! lots of berries and chipmunks! coming down from the summit was a bit challenging. go EARLY morning when it's cool out. it took us 3 hours to get to the top, I don't have greatest fitness level and my blood sugar gave me numerous issues but chugged along. coming down took 1 hour and 15 mins.
only downside was the smoke from the fires made it hard to see far away but was a very good climb!
go to the hotsprings after!

hiking
9 days ago

It took us about 1 hour and 30 min to get to the top in a nice steady pace. View from the top was spectacular.

I recommend to start early it gets pretty crowded as the day goes by and it gets pretty hot too.

Windy at the top so bring a wind stopper.
Hiking poles and hiking boots are recommended.

10 days ago

Excellent views from the top, but most of the hike is unremarkable.

11 days ago

Such a wonderful trail with a wonderful view once you reach the top. A couple nice spots along the way with views and spots to sit and relax for a bit. Recommend hiking poles, especially for the way down. Will absolutely do again when I come back to visit.

13 days ago

Great trail !

hiking
14 days ago

Went on my birthday - solo - because I'm the coolest person on Earth. Good thing this is one of the best hikes on Earth. So we have that in common...

hiking
14 days ago

Great Hike! The boyfriend and I started at 9 in the morning and we were back down by 12 after having lunch at the summit and taking in the views!

16 days ago

I really enjoyed this trail. The views are incredible. There aren't many flat parts but there are plenty of benches and rest areas along the way. Definitely make sure you go all the way to the top once you get above the tree line. The Miette Hot Springs after were a perfect way to unwind

hiking
19 days ago

Good hike, beautiful views on the mountains :) try bald hills as well if you can

hiking
21 days ago

This hike is an experience! Started at 3pm, was done by 6pm done at a very fast pace. Was unfortunately a rainy/cloudy day (we were hoping it would clear up), nevertheless still a must do hike. Definitely make sure you have warm clothes! The top was windy and temps definitely dropped quickly above the tree line. Very steep hike, hiking poles very helpful, basically all switchbacks. Don't stop at the first lookout above the treeline! It's worth it to keep going until you're actually at the top! The views were still cool, but I know would have been even better if it wasn't a rainy/cloudy day. Thank goodness for the hot springs at the end!

22 days ago

Great views

hiking
27 days ago

Amazing trail, boyfriend and I made it to the summit in 1hr 47mins with some breaks. It’s a pretty steady uphill, so take lots of breaks and bring lots of water! (Also sunscreen and bug spray and definitely needed, and try to go in the morning so it’s cooler and less crowded) Going down is easier than going up of course. Also, make sure to go to the very summit, don’t just stop at the plateau! It’s very steep and difficult at the top, but the views are 100% worth it! Will be doing this hike again for sure!

hiking
28 days ago

we had a very wet hike up, but nice misty view from the top. The hot springs at the bottom were a perfect after hike activity

hiking
28 days ago

First trail hike in the mountains for my wife and I. Completed in just under 4 hours including lunch break and short rest breaks.

hiking
29 days ago

Fun trail ! The way up was kinda boring through the woods but from the white rock to the top, the view is astonishing and the trail is steep. Would 100% recommend.

hiking
30 days ago

Great view from the top! It is a fairly busy trail with lots of families. We had our dog on leash and passed quite a few other pups. Would recommend hiking poles for the hike back down if you have sensitive knees— it made a big difference for me.

hiking
1 month ago

Faboulous views from the top which makes up for the crowds on a long and fairly uninteresting ascent. Certainly worth the trip and can be done in a morning with ease. Nice soak in the Miette Hot Springs after the hike too.

hiking
1 month ago

My husband, my 47lb dog, and myself did this hike on Canada Day 2018. Thankfully the rain that had threatened the day before let up, and it was a clear at the top. This trail is listed as moderate, but if you're fitness level is like mine it's a good cardio workout! A challenge for those with moderate fitness, but the kind you will feel good about because you CAN do it. From the trail head it's a pretty steep walk along a creek, then you hit switchbacks. At every turn there's a great opportunity to view the surrounding mountains and catch your breath. Then you'll hit a plateau with interesting rock features and a gorgeous view. But keep going up! The rest of the hike is above the tree line, but it's not for too long. From the top you can see many ranges, the Miette Hot Springs parking lot and hungry chipmunks. If you're questioning this hike, just do it. I loved it and my dog loved it (she was pooped after it though). You'll feel accomplished and in awe of Jasper's beauty after this hike. (it IS a busy one though, so just be aware you won't have solitude at the top)

hiking
1 month ago

Excellent hike - around 3 hours round trip. Make sure you go past the false plateau to the very top for a breathtaking view! We went on a clear day and there were quite a few people on the trail. Try to go early to avoid the crowds!

hiking
1 month ago

Hiked this trail mid July. Amazing 360 Degree view of the surrounding mountains at the top. The entire hike is a steady incline. Can be tiring but well worth it. Took about an hour to reach the Big Rock and another 15 mins to get to the top. If you hike to the Big Rock make sure you definitely proceed to the very top...it will provide you with one of the best views you will see. Pack a lunch too because you will want to stay up there for a while admiring the sights. Keep an eye out for mountain goats as well, saw a few at the top. Took about an hour to defend as well.

1 month ago

Awesome hike. Great views going up but even better once you get to the top. The way to the top is all uphill with very little flat but not extremely demanding. It was windy at the top and about 20 degrees F cooler than below the tree line. Highly recommend for the 360 views.

1 month ago

Hiked this mid-June in the rain. Well developed trail, steady climb but you don’t need poles and there’s no scramble. Made it down in 45 minutes, took about 3 hours total. Stunning views at the top even on a rainy day!

hiking
1 month ago

This was a great trail, but very busy with other hikers. It wasn’t my favourite Canadian experience, but I’m happy we did it. It’s a good idea to make sure you set off early, so you can avoid both the crowds and the sun in your face during the ascent. We got halfway up the actual summit and decided to turn back - it felt perilously steep to us, and we didn’t have poles to help get up or down. The plateau that is just beneath the summit is gorgeous and comfortable. Plenty of people had lunch there before heading down again. Hiking shoes essential and poles would be hugely helpful.

hiking
1 month ago

Don’t forget poles. Quite a few people, but everyone friendly. Not for anyone wearing flip flops.

1 month ago

The first 3km is pretty tough with how constant the steep incline is but with a few breaks you will make your way up to a beautiful view that is worth the hike. Climb a little higher on a barely visable trail to get to the high point and the view is breathtaking. Be careful on coming back down with how steep it is you may slip a few times on moving rocks, mud, or snow.

1 month ago

Great fun! And a good workout! Not to difficult on the way up, but the incline sure picks up near the peak! Was a good challenge but very well worth the beautiful views.

1 month ago

LOVE this trail! It’s a great workout and the views at the top are beautiful! The last little push to the summit was challenging, but it’s SO worth it! Bring snacks and a lunch for the top and enjoy it!

1 month ago

Beautiful trail! The view is literally breathtaking, and so is the climb! A little steeper than I anticipated, but doable with lots of small breaks.

hiking
1 month ago

Gorgeous easy hike!! Bring the bug spray, the view is all worth it in the end !

hiking
1 month ago

Great views! The trail is considered a black diamond (challenging) according to the park info. While it didn't seem TERRIBLY challenging for most of the hike, the switchbacks for the last kilometer or so (to get to the summit) were brutal. The top was rainy and windy, but SO WORTH IT just for the views!

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