Views from the Athabasca Falls hike in Jasper National Park
Views from the Athabasca Falls hike in Jasper National Park

Athabasca Falls hike

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Athabasca Falls hike

Distance: 0.9mi
Elevation: 82ft
Time: 0.5 - 1 h

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A walk along Athabasca Falls in Jasper National Park is a great family-friendly hike. See one of the most powerful and spectacular waterfalls in Jasper as well as get great views along the Athabasca River.

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Getting there

Head south from Jasper on Highway 93 for just over 18.6mi and turn right onto the 93A, in the direction of the Athabasca Falls viewpoint. There is ample parking spread out over a large lot.

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When to do

May through October

Backcountry Campsites

No

Toilets

Trailhead

Family friendly

Yes

Route Signage

Average

Crowd Levels

High

Route Type

Out and back


Athabasca Falls
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Route Description for Athabasca Falls

From the hiker’s left of the parking lot you will find the trailhead to the Athabasca Falls walk. There are many routes you can take to explore Athabasca Falls, all of which grant a unique view.

Start off along the path and come to a bridge. This bridge goes right over Athabasca Falls and give stunning views of Mt. Kerkeslin. Note that the rocks and railing along the trail can get a lot of mist, and subsequently be very slippery. Never climb on them.

From the other end of the bridge you can turn left and go up along the mighty Athabasca River or go right and get more views of the canyon. The trail going up to the river continues to boast excellent views of Brussels Peak and other mountains that extend beyond upriver.

Continuing down river experience the scenery of the stunning canyon that extends for 656ft beyond Athabasca Falls. There are several options on the trail. The scenic viewpoints include sights directly of the canyon, a neat inkpot, and down the river to the Watchtower and other peaks.

Insider Hints

  • Perhaps the best HI Wilderness hostel is HI Athabasca Falls.  This new hostel has a wonderful common area and a couple of family rooms, which are private.  Highly recommended.

  • While Athabasca Falls is just off of the 93N highway, we love the slow drive on the 93A.  You’re more likely to see game and the slower speed limit means a more relaxing drive.

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DesireeD. 1 year ago

The hike is just an hour. You can see a powerful and nice waterfall.

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RobCruz 1 year ago

Good trail to look around and taking it easy!

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JohnCan 1 year ago

what a lovely trail! the falls was the cherry on top.

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Tomcote 2 years ago

We felt so lucky to see not just one, but two rainbows in this hike. It was a colorful and bright day indeed!

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romeoM 2 years ago

Words cannot describe the beauty of Athabasca Falls!

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hannahthorns 2 years ago

Sensational! Love the scenery of the stunning canyons!

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SebClyde 2 years ago

The views are unreal! I had to keep stopping to snap photos.

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Theodore R. 2 years ago

No matter how much we say it will be less. Athabasca Falls is beautiful!

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Diana C. 2 years ago

A truly beautiful place to visit and gasp at the mountains, meadows, waterfalls and trees.

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NotMichaelScott 2 years ago

Very impressive falls, not much work to get up there. Bring a jacket!

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