Sulphur Skyline

Difficulty
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Moderate
Duration
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3.5-4.5h
Distance
This reflects the return distance of this route as measured by the GPS file.
8.2 km
Elevation
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666 m
User Ratings
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Overall Rating
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9.7
Physical Difficulty
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Intermediate (Square)
Suitable for intermediates who are ready for a little bit more adventure.
Technical Difficulty
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Easy (Circle)
Suitable for beginners, families, young children, and those looking for a casual adventure.
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Panorama of the Sulphur Lake hike in Jasper National Park, Alberta

Hiking in Jasper is exquisite when combined with a soak in a natural hot spring pool afterwards. Luckily for us, we have the Sulphur Skyline trail – naturally followed by a dip in the Miette Hot Springs making for a phenomenal day-trip in Jasper National Park.

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Route Description for Sulphur Skyline

The trail starts out paved and extremely wide, but the pavement quickly ends after a few hundred meters, however the path remains broad and well signposted as you climb up a ridge through the trees. Across the valley you can also see the dome to which you will climb.

The entire hike is a uniform, continuous climb up to the summit. After 2.2 km of ascent you’ll reach a junction, approximately halfway up the trail. Turn right and start to switchback up even further, generally heading over to your right as you ascend.

Finally you will pop out above the tree line beside a large white rock. The dome is clearly visible, as is the trail. The last section up to the summit is the steepest, but the views from the top are unbelievable. Countless mountains and valleys extend out from the peaks, as does a picturesque river, directly from the “arrowhead” of the topmost ridge. The most spectacular are Utopia Mountain to the south, Mount O’Hagan to the southwest, and Slide Mountain far out to the southeast. The wind really picks up at the top, so pack a windbreaker and a warm fleece!

Come down the way you came up. Watch your footing as you descend off the summit, as there is a lot of loose gravel and small rocks. The trees on the path provide good shelter if it starts to rain as you descend.

Don't do this trip without stopping for a dip in the Miette Hot Springs at the hike base. The cost is cheap and there is no better way to sooth the tired muscles after over 700 m of climbing!

Insider Hints for Sulphur Skyline

  • We love the Sulphur Skyline hike as we always finish off with a stay in the wonderful Miette Hot Springs at the base of the hike.
  • You can stay at the Miette Hot Springs Resort, just down the road from the Hot Springs.  There are fun cabins and a 1960’s motel.  Kids love the cabins and being able to go for an early-morning or after-dinner soak in the Hot Springs is a nice benefit.

Getting to the Sulphur Skyline Trailhead

Head north from Jasper on Highway 16 and turn right onto Miette Rd. You will drive to the very end of the road where a large parking lot, picnic area and the Miette Hot Springs are located. The trailhead is on the same roundabout as the entrance to the hot springs.

Route Information

  • When to do

    June through October

  • Backcountry Campsites

    N/A

  • Toilets

    Trailhead

  • Family friendly

    No

  • Route Signage

    Average

  • Crowd Levels

    Moderate

  • Route Type

    Out and back

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