Old Fort Point Trail
Old Fort Point Trail

Old Fort Point Trail hike

Jasper National Park
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Old Fort Point Trail hike

Distance: 4.3km
Elevation: 151m
Time: 1-1.5 h

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The Old Fort Point Trail is a beautiful hike leading to a fantastic viewpoint over the Jasper Valley. Cozying up at the red chairs along the trail is a highlight of this scenic, family-friendly trail.

Old Fort Point Trail hike Map

Getting there

From the Jasper townsite, take Highway 93A south and just after the junction with Highway 16, turn left onto Old Fort Point Road. The trailhead is right on the opposite side of the Athabasca River.

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When to do

March-October

Backcountry Campsites

No

Pets allowed

Yes - On Leash

Family friendly

Yes

Route Signage

Average

Crowd Levels

High

Route Type

Circuit


Old Fort Point Trail
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Route Description for Old Fort Point Trail

Old Fort Point is a loop trail, and we recommend going clockwise. If you go counter-clockwise, you’ll be starting with a steep set of wooden stairs and the lookout will be behind you early in the hike. Starting clockwise allows you to go up the steep trail and down the stairs at the end, while also giving you the best views. Early in the hike, there is a rocky outcropping with a steep dropoff beyond- keep children close here.

The Old Fort Point hike provides one of our favourite views of the Jasper Valley and is easy enough for much of the family to enjoy. You’ll head up through the forest on a clear path. Soon, the path splits- head right. Going left would take you to the Valley of the Five Lakes.

After this is where the rocky outcropping will appear on your left. Stay away from the edge and continue on. Soon, the path curves to the right and you can take a detour up the bald portion of the hill. There are two red Parks Canada chairs here to enjoy the view- look far in the distance for The Whistlers and Indian Ridge.

Returning to the path, you’ll lose a bit of elevation before you come to another rocky ledge. This is the reason you hiked the Old Fort Point Trail. Stay a while here, because this view is the highlight of the hike. The Jasper townsite, valley, and Athabasca River stretches before you, and you can make out the peaks of Pyramid Mountain, Mount Kinross, Cairngorm, Mount Kerr, and more beyond. You could spend hours here!

Once you’ve soaked up the view, head down the path. The descent is steep, but you’ll be aided by roughly formed steps. Holding little one’s hands here might be needed. Eventually, manmade stairs aid the effort. The trail will lead back to where you started.

Insider Hints

  • This is a great place for a family photo, as the scenery is stunning.

  • It’s easy to get off trail here, so remember to pay attention.

  • Jasper has plenty of great restaurants if you want a bite after the hike. We love The Spice Joint for coffee or Harvest for a full meal

  • This loop is short enough that we like coupling it with a stroll along the river

Comments

Max Oxwell 8 months ago

This beautiful hike is overwhelming! Love the scenic trail. We had a great time taking great photos.

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Otis Webster 9 months ago

This hike was very rewarding for such a short and easy trail. There were lots of great spots to rest, and there was a decent amount of people on the trail.

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Alex Lavinson 9 months ago

It was a nice decent hike in Jasper. We're shocked it was really crowded. The number of tourists was somehow alarming.

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Michael M. 9 months ago

Nice hike with great options. We did the trail counterclockwise and it started with a great challenge, which was exactly what we were aiming for.

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Joshua Zagreb 1 year ago

Crazy beautiful viewpoints. It was a nice hike worth doing,

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Parker L. 2 years ago

It’s easy to get off the trail here, so remember to pay attention. There are lots of places to have a meal after your hike too. Would recommend it for those who haven't done this hike yet.

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Ezekiel H. 2 years ago

Captivating views of the Jasper Valley! Another bonus is that it was so easy.

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Calel P. 2 years ago

A hike to remember! It's simply amazing how there are lots of amazing scenery from the viewpoint. The red chairs along the trail is a highlight of this trail.

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