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    Jasper National Park (Alberta)

    Hikes in Jasper National Park

    Region in Alberta, Canada

    Jasper Hikes

    Jasper hikes offer an incredible outdoor experience like no other place. Hiking in Jasper National Park allows you to witness some of the most diverse and enchanting scenery in the Rockies, from incredible ice fields and glaciers to lush valleys and meadows. It’s the ideal spot for a challenging hike, and even the most experienced adventurers are likely to find a few Jasper hikes that will test their limits. With some steep ascents and breathtaking trails, this is the place to push your hiking skills and fitness to the next level.

    However, you don’t have to be a seasoned hiker to enjoy Jasper National Park. If you’re a keen walker looking to improve your fitness, you’ll find plenty of satisfying Jasper hikes that offer a manageable challenge and reasonable duration to complete in a half-day. If you’re travelling with children, you’re also likely to find some fun, easy trails that are a good introduction to wilderness hiking. In particular, kids will love getting up close to the Angel Glacier, or scampering through the Maligne Canyon. The sheer diversity of terrain on offer means that you’re sure to find a handful of perfect Jasper hikes for your trip, whatever your fitness and experience level!

    Here are the 15 best hikes in Jasper National Park

    1. Cavell Meadows Hike

    This wonderful hike is the perfect opportunity to experience the wildflower meadows that the Canadian Rockies are famous for. The trail passes through magnificent fields, dotted with flowers, before rising to a series of viewpoints where you’ll find wonderful views over to the Angel Glacier and the magnificent peaks that surround it.
    Cavell Meadows Hike Guide

    2. Path of the Angel Glacier Hike

    This stunning hike is one of the best family hikes in Jasper National Park. The path is level and well maintained, making it perfect for families with strollers. The route is fairly short and makes its way up to a viewpoint from which you can gaze on the Angel Glacier and the moraine lake just below.
    Path of the Angel Glacier Hike Guide

    3. Sulphur Skyline Hike

    This wonderful day hike is one of the best in Jasper National Park, involving a steep climb and a 360-degree panorama over some of the region’s finest scenery. This hike might be hard on your legs, but the views more than compensate the effort, and there’s always the chance of a dip in the Miette Hot Springs when you finally reach the bottom!
    Sulphur Skyline Hike Guide

    4. Verdant Pass Hike

    This is an excellent route if you’re looking for a challenge, and undoubtedly one of the best hikes in Jasper National Park! The path climbs steeply through the trees before emerging at an alpine meadow with magnificent views. You’ll enjoy a wonderful vista over the Throne Valley and Chevron Mountain.
    Verdant Pass Hike Guide

    5. Toe of the Athabasca Glacier

    A guided tour of the Athabasca Glacier can be an expensive day out, but it’s possible to catch a glimpse of this incredible natural phenomenon for free on this short Jasper hike! The views of the glacier are truly incredible, and the trail is well maintained and easily accessible for families. This is a wonderful way to teach your kids about the fascinating geology of the Canadian Rockies.
    Toe of the Athabasca Glacier Guide

    6. Opal Hills Hike

    This exhilarating hike through the Opal Hills is, without doubt, one of the best hikes in Jasper National Park. The trail rises fairly steeply through a gorgeous wildflower meadow, with a fantastic panorama over to the nearby peaks. You’ll have a view over Maligne Lake to the Bald Hills, and Peak 45-36.
    Opal Hills Hike Guide

    7. Whistlers Mountain and Indian Ridge Hike

    This moderate hike is deservedly popular but continue to Indian Ridge and you’ll soon lose the crowds. The scramble up the ridge is somewhat challenging, but you’ll have a fantastic view over to Terminal Mountain and the Marmot Ski Hill.
    Whistlers Mountain and Indian Ridge Hike Guide

    8. Maligne Canyon Hike

    Maligne Canyon is a fantastic example of Jasper’s unique geology, featuring an epic canyon carved over millennia by the region’s glaciers. This is an excellent route for families, as kids will love to see the waterfalls that cascade through the canyon, and the path remains fairly level and easy to navigate.
    Maligne Canyon Hike Guide

    9. Bald Hills Hike

    This is one of the legendary Jasper hikes, taking you over the so-called Bald Hills, a series of peaks above the treeline, offering stunning views over Jasper National Park. The path climbs through beautiful alpine meadows, before emerging at the top of Bald Hill, where you’ll have views to Maligne Lake, Leah Peak, Samson Peak, and Maligne Mountain.
    Bald Hills Hike Guide

    10. Athabasca Falls Hike

    This short hike is another great family-friendly route in Jasper National Park. The path comes to a bridge that crosses over the falls, where you’ll have a fantastic view (although you’re likely to get a soaking from the mists that rise from the cascade)! The views of the canyon, the river and the waterfalls are simply delightful, and this easy trail is perfect for kids.
    Athabasca Falls Hike Guide

    11. Pyramid Lake Hike

    This popular hike takes you all the way to the stunning Pyramid Lake, along an easy, accessible trail suitable for hikers of all levels. This pleasant hike makes an excellent after-dinner stroll and is particularly pretty at sunrise and sunset. An easy distance from the town of Jasper, this is an excellent family-friendly hike.
    Pyramid Lake Hike Guide

    12. Valley of the Five Lakes Hike

    The Valley of the Five Lakes hike is an easy, enjoyable hike in Jasper that leads to five different stunning alpine lakes. The vibrant greens and blues of the water make each lake better than the next, and the whole family can enjoy the views without too much of a challenge.
    Valley of the Five Lakes Guide

    13. Sunwapta Falls Hike

    Sunwapta Falls is an easy, enjoyable hike to two sets of scenic waterfalls. The trail passes through a peaceful forest, and the falls are framed by pine trees and mountain peaks. The trail is family-friendly and great for all skill levels.
    Sunwapta Falls Hike Guide

    14. Horseshoe Lake Trail

    Horseshoe Lake is a crystal blue subalpine lake that is directly off the Icefields Parkway. The trail navigates part of the shoreline while providing great views of the lake and its surrounding cliff walls. There are plenty of spots to sit and relax while taking in the beauty of the landscape at Horseshoe Lake. It is considered a local swimming hole even though the water remains ice cold all summer.
    Horseshoe Lake Trail Guide

    15. Old Man Mountain Hike

    One of the popular Jasper hikes, the Old Man Trail is an easy scramble and a local favourite. It can seem like a tough push, but your efforts will be gallantly rewarded with jaw-dropping views from the top. Explore new heights on this full-day route in the Maligne area in Jasper National Park.
    Old Man Mountain Hike Guide

    Read on to find the full list of best hikes in Jasper National Park.

    When Is The Best Time To Hike In Jasper National Park?

    Like other destinations in the Rocky Mountains, the hiking season in Jasper National Park is relatively short and sweet! The mountain snows linger in higher areas until June, meaning that many trails and even some roads are inaccessible until the summer. July and August are the most popular seasons for hiking, when you’ll enjoy fine weather, blossoming flowers and plenty of activities on offer for visitors of all ages.

    The leaves begin to turn in September, and this can be a wonderful time to visit, when the trails are quieter and the forests are at their best. However, you may run the risk of some early snows on higher ground, so it’s important to keep an eye on weather reports and make sure you seek advice from knowledgeable locals. In winter, Jasper National Park is a wonderful place for winter hiking and snowshoeing, and you may still find some accessible low-elevation trails.

    Other Outdoor Activities In Jasper National Park

    In addition to hiking, you’ll find plenty of other outdoor activities in Jasper National Park. It’s a particularly popular area for backpacking, with some epic multi-day trails and lots of good campgrounds. However, you’ll also find some fantastic road biking and mountain biking routes, and opportunities for canoeing, kayaking and even paragliding! Why not try your hand at horseback riding, or learn how to rock climb? If all that has worn you out, you can always sit back and relax in the Miette hot springs at the end of a long day on the trail!

    How To Plan A Trip To Jasper National Park

    Is Jasper National Park on your hiking bucket list? If not, it should be! To help you get started, we’ve put together the ultimate guide to planning a trip to Jasper National Park, with plenty of tips on accommodation, the right time of year to visit, and all our favorite Jasper hiking and backpacking trails. All that’s left for you to do is start dreaming of your next adventure!

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    Frequently Asked Questions About Jasper National Park

    How many days do you need in Jasper National Park?

    How long is a piece of string? There’s enough in Jasper National Park to keep most travellers happy for weeks on end, and some people spend a lifetime trying to uncover all the treasures of this vast, wild place. However, for most visitors on a tight schedule that’s not realistic, and it’s certainly possible to see many of the highlights in just a few short days. To make the most of your trip, we’d recommend staying for at least 3 days in Jasper National Park, and ideally, around a week.

    How long is the Maligne Canyon Hike?

    Maligne Canyon is one of Jasper’s top sights, and the family-friendly route through it takes around 1-2 hours to complete.

    What is Jasper National Park known for?

    Jasper National Park is the largest national park in the Canadian Rockies, covering a vast area of 11,000 square kilometers. It’s best known for its arresting beauty, lush wildernesses, towering mountains and abundant wildlife.

    Do you have to pay to go through Jasper National Park?

    Jasper National Park is administered by Parks Canada, and as such, visitors must purchase a Park Pass in advance of their trip. Fees are charged per day, and you’ll need to obtain a special permit for backcountry camping, fishing, and other activities. All the relevant information can be found on the Parks Canada website.

    Are there grizzly bears in Jasper National Park?

    Jasper National Park is inhabited by both black bears and grizzly bears, and can often be seen in spring or early autumn. When hiking and backpacking, always seek advice from local park rangers on appropriate bear safety, so you know what to do if you encounter one on the trail. In general, bears avoid noisy groups of people, and incidents involving humans and bears are relatively rare.

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      Open details for Patricia Lake Hike

      Patricia Lake Hike

      Very Easy
      3.4 km
      119 m

      The Patricia Lake Loop is a must-do along the pyramid bench area. This is a multi-use trail available to hikers, bikers, and horseback riders. You’ll complete a loop on the north shore of the lake and wrap around through the forest to where you started.

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      Open details for Edith Lake Hike

      Edith Lake Hike

      Very Easy
      0.8 km
      14 m

      Edith Lake is a pleasant spot with less foot traffic than nearby lakes. The surrounding summits are beautiful and elk frequently dot the shores. Hikers at Edith Lake will also get to enjoy some of the stunning homes that line the lakeshore.

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      Open details for Stanley Falls Hike

      Stanley Falls Hike

      Very Easy
      3.4 km
      130 m

      From the Icefields Parkway, follow the lively Beauty Creek to Stanley Falls. The trail is loaded with diverse water features that are all worth a stop. See the turquoise waters flow over golden rocks all the way to Stanley Falls. Plan to take a rest at the falls and spend some time enjoying the destination.

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      Open details for Beauvert Lake Trail

      Beauvert Lake Trail

      5.3 km
      128 m

      The 5.3 km Beauvert Lake loop trail is a must-do when visiting the famed Jasper Park Lodge. See Pyramid Mountain from a new perspective as you make your way around this pristine lake. There are multiple starting points for this route; however, our route begins at the Old Fort Pt Road access.

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      Open details for Wabasso Lake Trail

      Wabasso Lake Trail

      7.7 km
      276 m

      The trail to Wabasso Lake is a popular hike south of the town of Jasper. The popular campground across the highway is a great jumping off point for this hike. The trail is easy to moderate and manageable for kids due to its minimal elevation gain. Enjoy the marchy lake, and lookout for wildlife!

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      Open details for Moose Lake Hike

      Moose Lake Hike

      Very Easy
      2.7 km
      144 m

      The Moose Lake Trail is a very short trail that is suitable for the whole family. It leaves from the popular Maligne Lake area and is the perfect add-on to other Maligne Lake adventures and sightseeing. Get on the trail and stretch your legs after a paddle on the water or a hike up Bald Hills.

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      Open details for Lake Annette Loop Trail

      Lake Annette Loop Trail

      2.7 km
      87 m

      Lake Annette is a great hike for all abilities. If you are looking for an easy stroll with nice views, Lake Annette is an option. At only 2.7 km this trail won’t eat up a big chunk of your day and is paired well with a stroll through Maligne Canyon and a visit to Maligne Lake.

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      Open details for Old Man Mountain Hike

      Old Man Mountain Hike

      8.4 km
      1,330 m

      The popular Old Man Trail in Jasper is an easy scramble and a local favourite. It can seem like a tough push, but your efforts will be gallantly rewarded with jaw-dropping views from the top. Explore new heights on this full-day route in the Maligne area in Jasper National Park.

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      Open details for Edge of The World Trail

      Edge of The World Trail

      Very Easy
      1.1 km
      71 m

      The trail to Edge of the World is a 1.1 km out-and-back trail that is well-maintained and moderately visited. If you are on the way to Marmot Basin, you should stop here for a quick stretch of the legs and an incredible view of Jasper National Park. This is an obvious dirt trail that is straightforward and comes to a viewpoint before turning around.

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      Open details for Geraldine Lakes Hike

      Geraldine Lakes Hike

      11.7 km
      614 m

      Cover waterfalls, lakes, and dense forest on the Geraldine Lakes Trail. The 11.7 km out-and-back route is a great half-day hike near Jasper. It is a bucket-list trail in Jasper National Park, so make sure to check it off. This is a great trail to some superb mountain lakes that don’t see the large number of visitors that drive-up lakes in the area do.

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      Open details for Pocahontas Trail

      Pocahontas Trail

      3.1 km
      110 m

      The Pocahontas Trail is near the Pocahontas Campground and many other trails near the Miette Hot Springs area of Jasper. This trail is easy to follow and leads hikers to stunning Punchbowl Falls, making the trail a bit more exciting for kids!

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      Open details for Overlander Trail

      Overlander Trail

      15.8 km
      443 m

      The Overlander Trail starts at the popular Maligne Canyon area and is close in proximity to many other landmarks and hiking trails. It takes hikers and bikers from point-to-point overlooking the Athabasca River Valley. Take in some history as you pass the structural remains of a historic homestead.

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      Open details for Celestine Lake Hike

      Celestine Lake Hike

      13.8 km
      423 m

      Getting to the Celestine Lake trailhead might be the most difficult part of this trail as it is accessed by a rough dirt road that requires planned one-way travel. You will take the North Boundary Trail to Celestine Lake for an authentic wilderness experience away from Jasper’s crowds.

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      Open details for Boundary Lake Trail

      Boundary Lake Trail

      2.9 km
      121 m

      The easy Boundary Lake trail lies between Mount Hilda and Mount Athabasca along the Icefields Parkway. Being close to the central Icefields Discovery Centre makes this trail an accessible stop when taking a trip along the scenic 93N. A relaxed walk through the woods will get you to Boundary Lake in no time.

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      Open details for Mina Riley Loop

      Mina Riley Loop

      8.5 km
      291 m

      The Mina Riley loop connects both Mina and Riley Lakes in the Pyramid Bench trail area of Jasper. Close to downtown and easy to customize by connecting trails nearby, this trail is perfect for a relaxing half-day hike near town.

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      Open details for Whistler’s Trail

      Whistler’s Trail

      Very Hard
      15.4 km
      1,314 m

      Many people take the Jasper Skytram to get to the jumping off point for the Whistler’s hike. Skipping the Skytram adds distance and elevation while saving money. You can put in the work to reach the Whistlers by hiking all the way up on the beautifully-maintained trail.

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      Open details for Lorraine and Mona Lakes Hike

      Lorraine and Mona Lakes Hike

      5.6 km
      116 m

      The Lorraine and Mona Lakes trail is a part of the popular backpacking route - The Skyline Trail. This is a great route to explore while visiting the Maligne Lake region of Jasper. The trail is forested and quiet as most hikers travel one direction along the Skyline.

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      Open details for Punchbowl Falls Hike

      Punchbowl Falls Hike

      Very Easy
      0.2 km
      10 m

      The extremely short Punchbowl Falls trail is well marked and suitable for all abilities. It is a great lookout point near the Pocahontas campground and Miette Hot Springs areas. This route is connected to other trails in the area and can be easily extended. It’s a quick and easy place to stretch the legs if you are passing through.

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      Open details for Cabin Lake Hike

      Cabin Lake Hike

      6.8 km
      234 m

      The Cabin Lake Hike is a beautiful trail that is accessible directly from the town of Jasper. It is a nice option for those looking for an easy to moderate trail or those in need of a rest day from peak bagging in the area. Enjoy a smaller lake on the way to Cabin Lake, where you can sit in solitude by the calm waters.

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      Open details for Whirlpool Valley Fire Road Trail

      Whirlpool Valley Fire Road Trail

      14.8 km
      358 m

      Taking the Whirlpool Valley Fire Road up towards the Whirlpool backcountry campground is a great day out that can be a combined bike and hike effort. Join backpackers as they begin their journey to Athabasca Pass for your day trip. You will wind up the Whirlpool River, gaining 358 m in elevation.

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