Whirlpool Valley Fire Road Trail
Whirpool Valley Fire Trail

Whirlpool Valley Fire Road Trail

Jasper National Park
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Whirlpool Valley Fire Road Trail

Whirlpool Valley Fire Road Trail

Distance: 9.2mi
Elevation: 1,175ft
Time: 3.5-5h

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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 1175ft in elevation.

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Getting there

To get to the Whirlpool Valley Fire Road trail, merge onto the Icefields Parkway (93N) from the town of Jasper and head south. After the park gates, turn right onto Wabassa Road and continue along the road for 9.3mi. Turn right onto Moab Lake Road with signs for Whirlpool. Follow this unpaved road for 4.2mi until you reach the parking area at the end.

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When to do


Backcountry Campsites

Whirlpool Campground

Pets allowed

Yes - On Leash

Family friendly

Older Children only

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Route Type

Out and back

Whirlpool Valley Fire Road Trail
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Whirlpool Valley Fire Road Hike Description

The Whirlpool Valley Fire Road is a straightforward trail that will take you to the Whirlpool Campground and back. This is the entry point for backpackers heading to Athabasca Pass which is a 60.9mi route. Athabasca Pass is a National Historic Site reserved for expert hikers.

Starting from the trailhead at the end of the unpaved road, you will merge onto the clearly marked and obvious trail. Follow this trail up the Whirlpool River Valley until you reach the Whirlpool Campground at 4.1mi. This is a great place for families and beginner backpackers to reserve as it is relatively easy to get to and only has two sites. Continue on for about 372.8mi where you will reach Simon Creek. This is your turnaround point.

Those who choose to bike this trail can bike all the way to Simon Creek, cutting their time in half while still enjoying the historic trail.



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