Panorama of Maligne Pass and Replica Peak backpacking trail in Jasper National Park
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backpacking trails in Jasper National Park

Region in Alberta, Canada
Jasper trail map

Jasper National Park is the largest park in the Canadian Rockies and host to unbelievable landscapes replete with towering peaks, turquoise lakes, ancient glaciers, and diverse wildlife. Much of Jasper National Park is accessible to anyone who wants to venture out along the Icefields Parkway and take a day hike, however the unbelievable views and escape into nature are saved for those with a pack and a desire to sleep under the stars.

Backpacking in Jasper National Park is an amazing experience. There are over 745.6mi of trails with varying degrees of accessibility. There are exceptionally beautiful routes with well-maintained campsites and trails that can make for a fairly easy and safe trip. Backpackers can also find respite from the crowds and truly get into the wild along some less frequented routes and possibly unmaintained trails that require a little more work. Whatever type of backpacking experience you are seeking, you will not be disappointed backpacking in Jasper National Park.

THE TOP 10 BACKPACKS IN JASPER NATIONAL PARK, ALBERTA

  1. Skyline Trail (25.4mi, 4921ft, 3-4 days): Being Jasper's highest backpacking trail, The Skyline is a great way to experience the best the Canadian Rockies and Jasper National Park have to offer. Over 12.4mis of this trail are above treeline, and the majestic views continue into what seems like unreachable distances. For those new to the sterile beauty of the crumbling Rocky Mountains, three days spent on this trail will serve as an excellent introduction to backpacking in the Canadian Rockies, and definitely leave you wanting more!
  2. Maligne Pass and Replica Peak (24.0mi, 5768ft, 2-3 days): Maligne Pass is a wonderful alpine pass in a rarely-visited area of Jasper National Park. Here you will find one of the largest alpine passes in the Rockies, dotted with tarns and wildflowers and surrounded by some of the largest peaks in the Rockies.
  3. Tonquin Valley (26.2mi, 3169ft, 3-5 days): The Tonquin Valley is a wide, 3.1mi long pass with over 31.1mi of hiking trails winding their way through this backcountry paradise. The prize of the trip is hiking below the Ramparts, a series of 10 castellated peaks atop a 3281ft wall of limestone. Catch stunning reflections of this massive in the interconnected Amethyst Lakes. It is also one of the few remaining areas where it is still common to see the shy and elusive mountain caribou, an endangered species. The backpacking trip can be completed in three days, but many prefer to stay longer, allowing time for day trips to the Eremite Valley and Moat Lake.
  4. Berg Lake Trail at Mount Robson (35.2mi, 2986ft, 3-5 days): Mount Robson is the highest mountain in the Canadian Rockies. The Berg Lake Trail is technically outside Jasper, but so close we added it here. The Berg Lake Trail is renowned as one of Canada’s best, and for good reason, it’s stunning. You’ll pass through lush valleys, impressive waterfalls, and rocky slopes to reach the aptly-named Berg Lake. The views of the Berg Glacier toeing off into the lake are unforgettable, and the day hikes from here will take you to icefields, caves, and stunning viewpoints.
  5. Cairn Pass (38.7mi, 6509ft, 3-5 days): Cairn Pass is one of the most isolated passes in the Canadian Rockies; you’re more likely to encounter bears than people on this route. Alpine meadows, the Medicine Tent River, and alpine lakes make up the variable scenery along this remote trip.
  6. Cataract and Cline Pass (23.1mi, 4314ft, 2-3 days): The trip to Cataract and Cline Pass covers vast meadows, uniquely-coloured rock, glacial streams, and high glaciers of Cataract Pass, making this a truly unique backpacking destination in Jasper National Park.
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The best backpacking trails in Jasper National Park

Scenery from Skyline Backpacking Trail in Jasper National Park

01. Skyline
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25.4mi 4,921ft 2-3 days

Being Jasper's highest backpacking trail, The Skyline is a great way to experience what the… Read More

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Scenery from Maligne Pass and Replica Peak backpacking trail in Jasper National Park

02. Maligne Pass and Replica Peak
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24.0mi 5,768ft 2-3 days

Maligne Pass is a wonderful alpine pass in a rarely-visited area of Jasper National Park.… Read More

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Scenery from Tonquin Valley backpacking trail in Jasper National Park

03. Tonquin Valley
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26.2mi 3,169ft 2-3 days

The Tonquin Valley is a backpacking paradise. The prize of the trip is the Ramparts,… Read More

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Scenery on Berg Lake backpacking trail in Jasper National Park

04. Berg Lake Trail - Backpacking
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35.2mi 2,986ft 3-5 days

Yes, Berg Lake isn't in Jasper, or Alberta, but it's often associated with trips to… Read More

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Scenery on Cairn Pass backpacking trail in Jasper National Park

05. Cairn Pass
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38.7mi 6,509ft 3-5 days

Cairn Pass is one of the most isolated passes in the Canadian Rockies, and we… Read More

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Scenery from Nigel, Cataract and Cline Pass backpacking trail in Jasper National Park

06. Nigel, Cataract and Cline Pass
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23.1mi 4,314ft 2-3 days

The trip to Nigel, Cataract and Cline Pass covers vast meadows, uniquely-coloured rock, glacial streams,… Read More

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Saturday Night Lake Loop Backpacking Trail

07. Saturday Night Lake Loop Backpacking Trail
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14.8mi 2,677ft 2 days

The Saturday Night Lake Loop is accessible from the town of Jasper and a great… Read More

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Jacques Lake Backpacking Trail

08. Jacques Lake Backpacking Trail
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14.9mi 679ft 2 days

Backpacking to Jacques Lake is a great way to find solitude without a lengthy mission.… Read More

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Fiddle River Backpacking Trail Map

09. Fiddle River Backpacking Trail
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24.0mi 3,560ft 3-4 days

The Fiddle River trail starts outside of Jasper National Park in the Whitehorse Wilderness Area.… Read More

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Fryatt Valley Backpacking Trail

10. Fryatt Valley Backpacking Trail
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22.9mi 2,139ft 2-4days

Fryatt Valley is a 22.9mi out-and-back route that takes backpackers through an incredible… Read More

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Yes, there are more than 10

Jasper National Park is so beautiful that we can not give you only 10 backpacking trails. So here is a list of bonus backpacking trails in Jasper National Park that you should take a look at as well

Gibson Hut Trail-Map

11. Wates-Gibson Hut Backpacking Trail
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20.5mi 2,254ft 2 days

The route to the Wates-Gibson hut covers the gorgeous southern section of the Tonquin Valley… Read More

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Snake Indian Falls Backpacking Trail

12. Snake Indian Falls Backpacking Trail
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32.6mi 3,537ft 2-3 days

Hiking to Snake Indian Falls is an excellent backcountry trip that travels along the North… Read More

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Brazeau Loop Backpacking Trail

13. Brazeau Loop Backpacking Trail
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51.1mi 9,344ft 4-5 days

The rugged and wild Brazeau Loop travels along the border of Jasper National Park and… Read More

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