Trail Designations for horses and bikes
Effective: November 15, 2012
What does trail designation for horses and bikes mean?
Simply put, horses and bikes are asked to remain on the signed, official trail network in the park.
Prior to the Jasper Trails Project, there were approximately 190 km of signed, official multi-use trail in the valley. Through consultation with trail users, the park is in the process of adopting and building an additional 90 km of trail, increasing the offer to ~280 km. The majority of these trails are multi-use and can be used by bikers, horse users and hikers. Trails that exist, but are not signed, are not official and cannot be used by bikes and horses. Unofficial trails will be rehabilitated on a priority basis as determined by Parks Canada.
Why does the designation apply only to bikes and horses?
Bikes need trails to travel through forested areas. A group of horses can make a trail in one pass. Once a trail is developed, people will use it. By managing these two use types, we can reduce the number of trails evolving throughout the valley. This sets aside undisturbed space for wildlife movement.
Travelling on foot has minimal impact and does not require a trail; however JNP will still actively discourage hiking/running off the official trail network.
But…the Three Valley Confluence Trail Plan has not been implemented in its entirety.
To date, the plan has not been completely implemented, there are still trails recommended for incorporation and others for development. As time and resources permit, these trails will be signed and/or developed (with the aid of JNP trail crew and the Jasper Trails Alliance). In the interim, temporary signage will be placed on some of these routes that have been planned; others may take a bit of time for design.
How will I know if the trail is official?
Official trails will be signed with a number or a wildland trail sign. Over time, trails that are not official will be rehabilitated- making it easier for you to determine the official network from the unofficial. If you are not sure about a certain trail, look to the Day Hiking Guide or choose another option.
For Further Information
Marcia Dewandel 780-852-6295, email@example.com