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Best Trails in Jasper National Park

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Want to find the best trails in Jasper National Park for an adventurous hike or a family trip? AllTrails has 147 great hiking trails, biking trails, running trails and more. Enjoy hand-curated trail maps, along with reviews and photos from nature lovers like you. Ready for your next hike or bike ride? Explore one of 37 easy hiking trails in Jasper National Park that are great for the whole family. Looking for a more strenuous hike? We've got you covered, with trails ranging from 2 to 3,887 meters in elevation gain. Whatever you have planned for the day, you can find the perfect trail for your next trip to Jasper National Park.
Description

Jasper is a National Park in the Canadian Rockies and part of UNESCO's Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks World Heritage Site. Attractions include Mount Edith Cavell, Pyramid Lake, Pyramid Mountain, Maligne Lake, Medicine Lake, and the Tonquin Valley. Wildlife in the park includes elk, moose, bighorn sheep and bears. For visitor center hours see here: https://www.pc.gc.ca/en/pn-np/ab/jasper/visit/heures-hours ADMISSION FEES Daily * Adult $ 10.00 * Senior $ 8.40 * Youth free * Family/Group $ 20.00 * Commercial Group, per person $ 8.40 Parks Canada Discovery Pass * Adult $ 69.19 * Senior $ 59.17 * Family/Group $ 139.40 Accessibility: Information about accessible trails and facilities for those with disabilities or using strollers can be found here: https://www.pc.gc.ca/en/pn-np/ab/jasper/visit/installations-facilities/accessible

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Map of trails in Jasper National Park, Canada
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1,122,800 hectares
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Top trails (147)
Valley of the Five Lakes
#1 - Valley of the Five Lakes
Jasper National Park
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Length: 4.7 km • Est. 1h 32m
Valley of Five Lakes is a majestic trail starting users off by passing through the iconic and pristine forest and then crossing a wooden footbridge over a tall grassy and marshy area before gently climbing back into the forest. At the junction, users can either start the loop around the lakes clockwise or counter-clockwise. This route takes the path to the left going clockwise, starting at the first lake and going around to the fifth lake. The trail consists of some steeper uphill and downhill sections along with some flatter areas in between but it is not too difficult. Users who are not a fan of constant elevation change may not enjoy this, especially if just looking for a lake to swim in. They should instead go counter-clockwise to the fifth lake immediately to not get frustrated. Upon reaching the fifth lake, the trail follows a narrow ridge along the side of a hill which provides amazing views of the lakes and gorgeous mountain landscape. This section usually gets pretty crowded with folks, so it may be nice to wait in line for photos or just head straight down to the lake instead. All five lakes are absolutely beautiful and awe-inspiring and users will love the vibrant colour of the water in unique shades of blue and green and how crystal clear they are. There are beautiful reflections of the surrounding mountains and pine trees on the calm water's surface which make for some lovely photos. These lakes are among some of the most breathtaking in the Rockies, and definitely come back during the fall hiking season to witness the fall colours! When users get to the fifth lake, continue along Trail 9B to loop back around to the trailhead unless you are looking for a longer hike around the first lake, then take Trail 9A. These stunning lakes are definitely a must-see and well worth a visit in Jasper National Park. This area is usually accessible during winter, but users should of course come prepared with proper winter clothing and expect some closures or parking issues if there is a lot of fresh snow.Show more
Sulphur Skyline Trail
#2 - Sulphur Skyline Trail
Jasper National Park
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Length: 7.9 km • Est. 3h 25m
The Sulphur Skyline Trail hike starts out at a steady pace that never stops. The first two kilometres are steady, gradual uphill pace with not many views until about a moment when the trail emerges and users see across the valleys to the opposite ridges. From the junction, where users take the right branch, the incline increases and keeps ascending through many switchbacks right up until the treeline. There are many open viewpoints along this section of the trail to see down the Fiddle Valley. Once at treeline, there is a brief break before the last push to the summit, the grade increases too. The trail can be hard to follow depending on the season due to snow accumulation and can be slippery with rocks under the snow. However, once at the summit the views are expansive, 360 degrees all around. Utopia Mountain dominates the skyline and there are great views down the Fiddle Valley with Ashlar Ridge looking small from up there, quite a different perspective than at the viewpoint along the parkway. During the cooler months, there is normally not as much snow on the summit due to wind which makes it easier to trek at higher levels, and users are able to spend much more time at the summit. The descent can be slippery, rocks being wet or snowy, but overall coming down is quick and easy. The hot springs at the bottom really finish off a great hike, but are also very popular, so users should get moving early if hoping to enjoy some more privacy. The Hot Springs cost only $7 and are a wonderful way to kick back after the hike.Show more
Edith Cavell Meadows Trail
#3 - Edith Cavell Meadows Trail
Jasper National Park
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Length: 8.2 km • Est. 3h 20m
The Edith Cavell Meadows Trail is a spectacular hike with breathtaking scenery and beautiful flowery meadows, glaciers and mountains. The trail begins gently climbing a partially-paved path along the Path of the Glacier Trail. It leads to a viewing area overlooking the Angel Glacier and Cavell Pond, where the views are amazing and you feel so close to the scenery. But the views just keep getting better along the rest of the trail! The trail then continues to climb uphill as it passes over the rocky moraine and then enters the subalpine forest before opening up to the beautiful meadows with colourful wildflowers above treeline. There are stunning views of the glacier and mountains throughout the hike. The hike is consistently and steadily uphill from start to finish, with some steeper sections and some gentler ones along switchbacks, but it is totally manageable for someone of good fitness and the viewpoints make it possible to take plenty of rest breaks. Users recommend going slow and taking lots of breaks if getting tired and using hiking poles, which are especially helpful with going downhill. Also, bring lots of water and snacks as there is nowhere near to purchase anything. The temperatures get much colder and windier at the top of the trail, so wear warm layers as well. In total, this round-trip hike takes about 3.5 hours to complete including all of the stops along the way. If looking for a fantastic and incredibly rewarding day hike in Jasper National Park with stunning natural beauty, users HIGHLY recommend this one. The mosquitoes can be relentless and aggressive along most of the hike so users will want to bring bug spray. There are hoary marmots along the hike, which are super cute. Before reaching the main lookout at the end of the trail, there is a junction with two options in the route shown; they are done as a loop. Be aware that there can be avalanches along the way to the top, and Parks Canada generally keeps users aware.Show more
Maligne Canyon
#4 - Maligne Canyon
Jasper National Park
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Length: 4.3 km • Est. 1h 24m
Maligne Canyon is a spectacularly beautiful place to go for a hike and marvel at this incredible natural wonder of Jasper National Park. There are plenty of photo opportunities along this scenic trail. The canyon is located only a ten minute drive from the town of Jasper and is easily accessible. It's a popular place for visitors to explore, but if you arrive early in the morning (7:30 or 8 am), you will beat most of the crowds. You can start the hike from various points along the canyon. The trail follows alongside the canyon the entire hike and the scenery gets more and more beautiful the closer you get to the First Bridge. Although there is some elevation gain, the inclines are fairly gentle and nothing too difficult or steep at all. The narrow canyon is so deep and beautiful and the surrounding scenery is gorgeous! It is incredible to imagine how the power of water has eroded and carved this gorge over many years. Maligne can be a good choice if you find Johnston Canyon in Banff to be too crowded. There are incredible viewpoints of the canyon from the Fourth, Third, Second and First Bridges and at various points along the way too. There are bathrooms at the trailhead of the Fifth and First Bridges in the parking area and a restaurant near the First Bridge as well. The hike from the Fifth Bridge to the First and back takes around 2.5 hours including stops for taking photos and admiring the awe-inspiring natural beauty. If you are staying in Jasper, Maligne Canyon is definitely worth exploring.Show more
Maligne Canyon Loop
#5 - Maligne Canyon Loop
Jasper National Park
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Length: 3.7 km • Est. 1h 13m
The Maligne Canyon Loop is a spectacularly beautiful route to go for a hike and marvel at this incredible Albertan natural wonder, and there are plenty of photo opportunities along this scenic trail that all users will love. The canyon is located only a ten-minute drive from the town of Jasper and is easily accessible, with a very large amount of parking. It is a popular place for visitors to explore, so arrive early in the morning if hoping to beat most of the crowds and have a better natural experience. This trail can start from various points along the canyon, but this route has been identified as the best option. The trail follows alongside Maligne Canyon the entire hike and the scenery gets more and more beautiful the closer users get to the First Bridge. Although there is some elevation gain, the inclines are fairly gentle and nothing too difficult or steep at all. The narrow canyon is so deep and beautiful and the surrounding scenery is gorgeous! It is incredible to imagine how the power of water had eroded and carved this gorge over many years. Maligne Canyon can be a good alternative to Johnston Canyon in Banff, since some find it more breathtaking and less crowded and touristy which is what most people are looking for, anyways. There are incredible viewpoints of the canyon from the Fourth Bridge, Third Bridge, Second Bridge and First Bridges and at various points along the way too. The hike from the Fifth Bridge to the First and back takes around 2.5 hours including many stops for taking photos and admiring the awe-inspiring natural beauty. If users are staying in Jasper, Maligne Canyon is definitely worth exploring. For the best view, once passing the Sixth bridge, walk down the Seven Path and make a right into the mini beach by the water - it is kind of hidden so pay attention. Walk in towards the water as much as users can and users will find a bench where they can sit and have an amazing view of the Canadian Rockies of Jasper National Park and the water makes everything reflect so well. This is an area where users will be right next to the water on a shallow end so wading into the water or dipping feet in is so nice! There are bathrooms at the trailhead of the Fifth and First Bridges in the parking area and a restaurant near the First Bridge as well.Show more
Athabasca Falls
#6 - Athabasca Falls
Jasper National Park
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Length: 1.0 km • Est. 18m
Athabasca Falls is located approximately 30 minutes south of the town of Jasper along the scenic Icefields Parkway, located inside Jasper National Park. This is a place definitely worth stopping and exploring, especially if this is the first time users are venturing into this pristine national park. The waterfalls are gorgeous and users can explore the canyon too. The network of paved pathways leads to various areas overlooking the waterfalls and viewpoints of the deep and narrow canyon. Athabasca Falls is a powerful and gorgeous waterfall with a stunning backdrop of forests, mountains and the river flowing through as huge volumes of water rushed down into the canyon. There are a few lookout points offering different views of the falls along the trails. The area can be quite crowded with some of the lookout areas being very small, so users may have to wait their turn in order to get up front and take photos especially during the summer and fall days. The pathways are interesting to explore and one of them leads through a narrow section between two walls of the canyon with stairs carved into the rocks. There are some great vantage points overlooking the river and the canyon to see where the water had eroded the rock to create caves and unique rock formations over many years. Athabasca Falls is a wonderful area to discover, admire the natural beauty and take plenty of photos. The parking lot is large and can accommodate quite a few vehicles. It would probably be best to visit in the morning during the summer season before the crowds of people show up. If driving the Icefields Parkway, definitely stop here. This is a great area to stop especially if driving between Banff and Jasper National Parks, and the area offers user the chance to see what is known as softer limestone, not seen in many other places throughout the Canadian Rockies.Show more
Valley of the Five Lakes and First Lake
#7 - Valley of the Five Lakes and First Lake
Jasper National Park
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Length: 8.2 km • Est. 2h 36m
Valley of the Five Lakes and First Lake is an absolutely fantastic and must-do hike just a few kilometres south of Jasper, in the iconic Jasper National Park. This trail is extremely popular and the parking lot is almost always full, no matter what time users arrive in any season - and it is always reflected in the return to parking where users constantly discuss how full the area is by midday. This route starts with the short five kilometre trail around lakes two through five. This route is an easy-going, totally forested, gorgeous scenery trail that everyone in the hiking group will like. The lakes are stunning Alpine Lakes with each one having different colours and sizes. The difficulty is moderate with constant short elevation gains and losses, with nothing too crazy which makes this trail a favourite for runners and hikers alike. Further, the trail is well marked. After the shorter loop, users come to a junction and can either complete that loop and head back to the parking lot or they can turn to the north and do the very large loop around the first lake which is this route. Though a little bit more challenging, this trail can include more obstacles than the easier route - especially in a few spots but nothing major. At the north end of the lake, the trail down at the lake can be significantly flooded, washed out and muddy especially if here close to the new spring season. Several sections of detours through the bush are required as well as balancing on rocks and logs, which means that summer use or winter/fall use are best unless prepared. Once the trail heads south to complete the loop, conditions are almost always great from that point. Just that one small section was problematic. At this point users often started to pass more people were doing the loop from this direction and the closer you get to the parking lot the more traffic users will see on the trail.Show more
Wilcox Viewpoint via Wilcox Pass
#8 - Wilcox Viewpoint via Wilcox Pass
Jasper National Park
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Length: 9.3 km • Est. 3h 30m
The Wilcox Viewpoint via Wilcox Pass is a generally easy trail with amazing views throughout the entire route, so it comes highly recommended for any user. The trail is best conditioned and marked nearest the bottom, with the higher elevations becoming more muddy and rugged unless lucky enough to venture here during August. At the trailhead, users will find outhouses and limited parking, and parking on Highway 93 is strongly discouraged due to danger and crowding. Users recommend that the trail can be broken down into three parts. Part one starts at the trailhead and moved to the red chairs, iconic for any Parks Canada fans. This section is a steady climb within trees until the top of the ridge, flattening out at the chairs. Part two comprises the red chairs until the Wilcox Pass, which is again a steady climb until up in the meadow, which can be slippery but fairly easy. The final section heads on out to Wilcox Ridge and spans 1.4 kilometres over two pretty knolls. There is normally some snow to cross in this area, but often quite fun since this area of the trail overlooks glaciers and visitor centers. Staying on the maintained trail, is generally easy on this section as well, since users do not have to cross a large river and/or bridges, as other sections sometimes require. Once users are up in the alpine meadows and the pass itself things are fairly flat. The ridges, knolls, passes make great views of the glaciers and icefields across the parkway even better than lower. Users will commonly see bighorn sheep, elk, bears, and so many more animals. Remaining at the top of this route is a nice way to rest, relax, and explore a few other small viewpoints. Additionally, near the top there are a couple small streams that are easy enough to pass without wet shoes, except in winter. During the winter season, this area can be hard to complete due to the deep and soft snow. Without snowshoes, it is common to be unable to reach the summit since the snow for much of the year will still be deep. Many groups who have tried to summit this hike recommend to either bring snow gear or come back in late July early August.Show more
Bald Hills Trail Loop
#9 - Bald Hills Trail Loop
Jasper National Park
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Length: 15.0 km • Est. 5h 29m
The Bald Hills Loop is a mostly easy to moderate trail that starts off following a gravel road all the way up, which then becomes a thinner and more authentic hiking experience. The road is often muddy and snowy during the last half kilometre to the lookout point before venturing off to the cutoff shortcut, which is steeper and rootier than continuing on the fire road, but far more interesting. Once users hit the corral at the top of the fire road, the views open up, and the real mountain experience begins. Users recommend taking the Lovate Scouts - left - branch, so as to get the best views of Maligne and to stay to the left of the mountain, thus avoiding the usual wind and weather that passes to the west and north. That trail heads south, and winds around and up onto the high coll with views of both Maligne Lake is to the east, and the Athabasca River is to the west. This is where the awesome views begin, since hiking from the first peak to the second and third is a blast. Though at times a bit of a scramble, and some parts looking a bit scary at a distance, they are not nearly as scary as they seem when users are actually on these ridges. Climbing peaks 2 and 3 is always the absolute highlight of the hike for most. The overall stunning views at the top make this all worth doing, as long as users come prepared and are careful trying to connect the loop. There are footstep paths to nowhere up there so if users are just following one of those be prepared to hike back up if it's a dead end, so having downloaded the offline maps is always a great way to avoid those issues. From other reviews, it seems like the snow is normally melting fairly quickly if here in late spring or early fall, but starting later in the day can help avoid more difficult snow or ice. During winter, users recommend following footprints in the snow and starting to walk to the summit that way - since the trail markings can be hard to spot. This is where the real fun starts, since folks will have to hike through the snow on the way to the summit. Once they arrive at the summit, users can hike to another mountain summit very close to enjoy the amazing view. On the way down the snowy cliff users love to sit on their butts and slide down portions of this hike, which makes this so much fun!Show more
Old Fort Point Trail
#10 - Old Fort Point Trail
Jasper National Park
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Length: 3.7 km • Est. 1h 19m
This trail follows the recommended hiking direction in a clockwise direction. Going counter-clockwise would involve starting at the steep wooden stairs with lots of steep uphill at the beginning to the lookout as opposed to a more gentle climb and ending at the lookout, then going downhill on the way back if hikers take the clockwise direction. The trail begins on the trailhead marked 7/1 and follows through the peaceful forest. Some areas can be muddy and wet at the beginning. There have been bears seen in this area, so bring bear spray. After rounding a corner and climbing a short and steep uphill section, the trail loops back around and opens up to some lovely views of the surrounding mountains. There is a little detour off the main trail to the red Parks Canada chairs on top of a flat hill with more amazing 360 degree views. The trail then continues through the forest and opens up again to climb a giant rock where there is the scenic viewpoint, which is what everyone comes here looking for. The views are beautiful and overlook the town and surrounding mountains and valleys. From the viewpoint, the trail follows a steep downhill path, so be careful not to slip with the loose gravel and rocks, and then through some forest and then down a set of wooden stairs back to the trailhead. This last section of the hike is the most scenic with gorgeous views from the lookout point and continues as folks hike down. The terrain is mostly flat in the beginning of the trail, with some uphill climbing involved around the corner and up to the lookout point, then continues on a steep downhill back to the trailhead. It is not difficult. During winter months, proper gear should be used on this trail. This can be good for snowshoeing, but at times the snow is so deep that it is easy to fall through.Show more
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