Since Jasper National Park was established in 1907, its historical trail networks have been expanded and maintained for everyone wanting to experience Jasper’s wilderness. Whether you are strolling along the shores of Maligne Lake or hiking all day in the alpine, the following information will help you plan a trip that is right for you.

Take the Red Squirrel Trail from town to Old Fort Point, walking alongside the glacier-fed Athabasca River. Relax in one of our many sets of red chairs quietly tucked away at one of the most unique locations. The viewpoint at the top overlooks the town and many of Jasper’s iconic valleys and peaks.

Lake Edith and Lake Annette are a short jaunt from town and a world away from city life. Take the Bighorn Alley Trail and bring your swimsuit. Soak in some beach time under snow-capped peaks. The trail around Lake Annette is paved.

Trails along the Pyramid Bench are open year-round. Explore this area after a 10-minute drive from town, or spend a few hours and walk or bike to the top. Patricia Lake or Pyramid Lake are ideal picnic stops.

The Jasper Discovery Trail is a popular trail around the town that will introduce you to the nature and history of Jasper. This trail is an easy to moderate 8.3 km loop, with 120 m of elevation gain and loss. It can be started nearly from anywhere by following the bear symbol. There's something to suit nearly everyone. There are a few steep inclines on the northwest section of trail. Look for signs, maps, markers and kiosks to guide your way.  


BYOB

There’s no better time to “BYOB”…that is, ‘Bring your own bike!’ If you don’t have a bike, no sweat, there are many bike shops in town that you can rent from.

Why should you bring your own bike? Well, one of Jasper’s most unique and convenient offerings include our easy connector trails from either the townsite or campgrounds. These trails are family friendly and can get you from Whistlers and Wapiti campground to town in less than fifteen minutes, or from the townsite to some of our most popular locations in under an hour!

Experience Jasper as most locals do, with the fresh mountain air at your back, getting your daily dose of exercise and Vitamin D and reducing the carbon footprint. Now that’s a win-win for all! Plus, during the summer months, finding a parking spot can be challenging. If you want to avoid the crowds, best to go bright and early in the day, or later in the afternoon. Most importantly, be attentive to wildlife. Make lots of noise (belt out your favourite tune or let your vocals echo in the Rockies!). Bring bear spray and know how to use it.

Explore the trails
Jasper Connector Trails

Jasper Connector Trails
Trail

Distance (round trip)

Time

Elevation

Trail # Level of difficulty

Biking

Dogs Horses
Wapiti Trail 9.4 km 2-4 hours 0 m 12 Easy Yes Yes Yes
Bighorn Trail 8.6 km 2-4 hours 33 m 13 Easy Yes Yes Yes
Red Squirrel Trail 2 km 1 hour 0 m 14 Easy Yes Yes Yes
Pyramid Trail 5.4 km 1-2 hours 118 m 15 Moderate Yes Yes Yes
Woodpecker Trail 2.8 km 1 hour 0 m 18 Easy Yes Yes Yes
Across the river

Across the river
Trail

Distance (round trip)

Time

Elevation

Trail # Level of difficulty

Biking

Dogs Horses
Old Fort Point Loop 3.8 km 1-2 hours 130 m 1, 1a     Moderate No Yes No
Overlander Trail 31 km 10-12 hours 65 m 10 Moderate Yes Yes Yes
Maligne Canyon 4.4 km 2-4 hours 100 m 7g
7
Moderate

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

No

No

Lake Annette Loop 2.4 km 1-1.5 hours 0 m 4d Easy No Yes No
West and Southwest of Jasper

West and Southwest of Jasper
Trail

Distance (round trip)

Time

Elevation

Trail # Level of difficulty

Biking

Dogs Horses
Caledonia Lake 8 km 4-6 hours 97 m 3 Moderate Yes Yes Yes
Virl, Dorothy and Christine Lakes 8.6 km 4-6 hours 250 m 60, 60a Moderate Yes Yes Yes
The Whistlers Summit Trail 2.2 km 1-2 hours 150 m 5a Moderate No Yes No
The Whistlers Trail 13.6 km 5-8 hours 1200 m 5 Difficult No Yes No
Maligne Lake

Maligne Lake
Trail

Distance (round trip)

Time

Elevation

Trail # Level of difficulty

Biking

Dogs Horses

Opal Hills Loop

8.2 km

4-6 hours 460 m 22 Difficult No No No
Bald Hills 10.4 km 4-6 hours 500 m 23 Difficult No

No

No
Moose Lake Loop 2.7 km 1-2 hours 59 m 20 Easy No Yes No
Mary Schäffer Loop 3.2 km 1-2 hours 0 m 21 Easy No Yes No
Lorraine Lake and Mona Lake 5.2 km 2-3 hours 80 m 100 Easy No No No
Geraldine Lakes

Geraldine Lakes
Trail

Distance (round trip)

Time

Elevation

Trail # Level of difficulty

Biking

Dogs Horses
First Geraldine Lake 3.6 km 1-2 hours 200 m 120 Moderate No Yes No
Pyramid Bench
Pyramid Bench
Trail

Distance (round trip)

Time

Elevation

Trail # Level of difficulty

Biking

Dogs Horses
Pyramid Trail 10.4 km 2-4 hours 118 m 15 Moderate Yes Yes Yes
Cottonwood Creek Loop 5.1 km 1-2 hours 60 m 2, 2a, 11 Moderate Yes Yes Yes
Patricia Lake Loop 4.8 km 2-3 hours 60 m 6 Moderate Yes Yes Yes
Mina-Riley Lakes Loop 9 km 3-4 hours 172 m 8 Moderate Yes Yes Yes
South of town

South of town
Trail

Distance (round trip)

Time

Elevation

Trail # Level of difficulty

Biking

Dogs Horses
Valley of the Five Lakes 4.6 km 2 hours 66 m 9a, 9b, 9 Moderate Yes Yes Yes
Wabasso Lake 6.4 km 2-3 hours 38 m 9 Moderate Yes Yes Yes
Mount Edith Cavell
Mount Edith Cavell
Trail

Distance (round trip)

Time

Elevation

Trail # Level of difficulty

Biking

Dogs Horses
Path of the Glacier Trail 1.4 km 1 hour 70 m 41 Moderate No Yes No
Cavell Meadows Trail 7 km 3-5 hours 500 m 42 Moderate No No No
Icefield Parkway

Icefield Parkway
Trail

Distance (round trip)

Time

Elevation

Trail # Level of difficulty

Biking

Dogs Horses
Athabasca Falls 200 m 0.5 hour Minimal Moderate No Yes No
Lower Sunwapta Falls 2.6 km 1 hour 87 m 125 Moderate No Yes No
Forefield Trail 3.6 km 1-2 hours Minimal 53 Moderate No Yes No
Toe of the Athabasca Glacier 1.8 km 1 hour 60 m 52 Moderate No Yes No
Nigel Pass 14.4 km 5 hours 365 m 130 Moderate No Yes Yes
Wilcox Pass 2.4 km return to first viewpoint; 8 km return to pass 1 hour return to first viewpoint, 2-3 hours return to Pass 390 m 50 Moderate No Yes No
Parker Ridge 5.4 km 3 hours 250 m 51 Moderate No Yes No
Miette Hotsprings

Miette Hotsprings
Trail

Distance (round trip)

Time

Elevation

Trail # Level of difficulty

Biking

Dogs Horses
Sulphur Skyline 8 km 4-6 hours 700 m 30 Difficult No Yes No
Pocahontas Mine Trail 800 m lower loop, 1.7 km upper loop

20 min for lower loop, 45 min for upper loop

0 m 31/32 Easy No Yes No
Jasper House Viewpoint 0.7 km 20 min 0 m 33 Easy No Yes No

While we aim to achieve high standards, inclement mountain weather and events can considerably change trail conditions instantly.

How was your trip? Please send us your comments at pc.jasperinfo.pc@canada.ca and report trail conditions to park staff.