COVID-19 trail safety

You are responsible for your own safety.

Signal your presence.
Allow others to pass.
Signal your presence.
Allow others to pass.
Be kind to others
Be kind to others.
Wait your turn to avoid
congestion.
Wait your turn to avoid congestion.
Visitor safety

Natural hazards are a part of the national park experience. You can reduce the impact of an unfortunate circumstance by being well informed and well prepared.

Winter driving

Check the road conditions multiple times a day for most up to date information.

You are in avalanche country

Whenever there is snow on a slope, there is potential for an avalanche. Skiers, snowshoers, fat bikers and hikers must be familiar with avalanche terrain and avalanche conditions to safely enjoy the mountains.

Seasonal closures in the Tonquin, Maligne-Brazeau, and North Boundary areas of Jasper National Park took effect on November 1.

Ice safety

Waterfalls, Canyon, Rivers (moving water):
Travelling on ice covered moving water is unsafe. Doing so without a certified guide is not recommended. Respect all safety signage and fenced areas.

Ponds, Lakes:
The Red Cross recommends an ice thickness of at least 15 centimetres for safe skating. This does not apply to moving waters. Parks Canada does not monitor ice thickness. It is up to you to assess the thickness of the ice.

Fire danger rating

Rating Trail Condition Comment Links
N.A. Current Fire Danger Low 03-05-2021: N.A. ; Trail details

Around Town

Use ice cleats for extra grip on winter trails. Keep pets on a leash at all times. Report unsafe or aggressive human-wildlife interactions to Jasper Dispatch (780) 852-6155. Trails shared with commercial horse riding groups: 2, 2b, 2c, 2e, 2f, 4, 4b, 4e, 4f, 6, 6a, 6c, 7, 7e, 13.

Rating Trail Condition Comment Links
Easy Jasper Discovery Trail: South (11) Good. 01-05-2021: Paved trail; Trail details
Moderate Jasper Discovery Trail: North (11) Fair. 01-05-2021: Muddy sections; Trail details
Easy Wapiti Trail (12) Good. 01-05-2021: Muddy sections; Trail details
Moderate Pyramid Trail (15) Fair. 01-05-2021: Muddy sections; Trail details
Moderate Edge of the Bench (2b, 2c, 2j) Fair. 05-06-2020: Wet and muddy sections; Trail details
Moderate Overlook Loop (2, 2b, 2f, 2g) Fair. 01-05-2021: Muddy sections; Trail details
Easy Bighorn Trail (13) Good. 01-05-2021: Muddy sections; Trail details
Easy Red Squirrel (14) Good. 01-05-2021: Muddy sections; Trail details
Easy Lac Beauvert Loop (4a) Good. 01-05-2021: Muddy sections;  
Easy Lake Annette Loop (4d) Good. 01-05-2021: Paved trail; Trail details
Moderate Old Fort Point Loop (1) Fair. 01-05-2021: Muddy sections; Trail details
Moderate Valley of the Five Lakes : Short Loop (9a, 9b, 9) Fair. 06-05-2021: Wet and muddy sections; Trail details
Moderate Valley of the Five Lakes : Long Loop (9a, 9) Fair. 06-05-2021: Wet and muddy sections; Trail details
Most Difficult The Whistlers Trail: The Whistlers Trail (5) Winter conditions. 03-05-2021: Snow covered; Not recommended;  
Moderate The Whistlers Trail: The Whistlers Summit Trail (5a) Poor. 03-05-2021: Snow covered;  
Easy Woodpecker (18) Good. 01-05-2021: Muddy sections; Trail details
Moderate Dorothy and Christine Lakes (60, 60a) Poor. 03-05-2021: Snow covered sections; Trail details

Maligne Valley

Check 511.alberta.ca for road updates.

Rating Trail Condition Comment Links
Moderate Maligne Canyon (7, 7f) Fair. 06-05-2021: Wet and muddy sections; Trail details
Easy Mary Schäffer Loop: From Trailhead (South) to Viewpoint (21) Poor. 01-05-2021: Icy sections; Cleats recommended; Trail details
Easy Mary Schäffer Loop: From Trailhead (North) to Viewpoint (21) Poor. 01-05-2021: Icy sections; Cleats recommended; Trail details
Easy Moose Lake Loop (20) Poor. 01-05-2021: Icy sections; Wet and muddy sections; Cleats recommended; Trail details
Difficult Opal Hills Loop (22) Poor. 03-05-2021: No dogs allowed; Snow covered; Trail details
Easy Lorraine and Mona Lakes (100) Poor. 03-05-2021: No dogs allowed; Snow covered; Trail details
Moderate Bald Hills (23) Poor. 03-05-2021: No dogs allowed; Snow covered; Trail details

Icefields Parkway and Wabasso Road (93A)

Check 511.alberta.ca for road updates.

Rating Trail Condition Comment Links
Moderate Edith Cavell : Path of the Glacier Trail (41) Road access closed 03-05-2021: Cavell road is closed to vehicles for the winter; Trail details
Difficult Edith Cavell : Cavell Meadows Trail (42) Road access closed 03-05-2021: Cavell road is closed to vehicles for the winter; No dogs allowed; Trail closed; Trail details
Moderate Wabasso Lake Fair. 03-05-2021: Mainly dry; Wet and muddy sections; Trail details
Moderate Lower Sunwapta Falls (125) Poor. 01-05-2021: Slippery sections; Muddy sections; Trail details
Moderate Forefield Trail (53) Poor. 01-05-2021: Snow covered; Slippery sections; Cleats recommended; Trail details
Moderate Toe of the Athabasca Glacier (52) Poor. 01-05-2021: Snow covered; Road closed, no vehicle access; Walk in access only; Slippery sections; Cleats recommended; Trail details
Difficult Wilcox Pass: Wilcox Viewpoint - Red Chairs (50) Poor. 01-05-2021: Avalanche danger beyond the Red Chairs; Slippery sections; Muddy sections; Snow at high elevation ; Trail details
Difficult Wilcox Pass: Upper Wilcox Pass (50) Winter conditions. 03-05-2021: Snow covered; Avalanche danger beyond the Red Chairs; Trail details

Miette Hot Springs Area

Miette road is closed to vehicle traffic. Check 511.alberta.ca for road updates.

Rating Trail Condition Comment Links
Easy Pocahontas Mine Trail: Lower loop (31) Fair. 01-05-2021: Muddy sections; Trail details
Moderate Pocahontas Mine Trail: Upper loop (32) Fair. 01-05-2021: Muddy sections; Trail details
Easy Jasper House Viewpoint (33) Fair. 01-05-2021: Mainly dry; Trail details
Easy Source of the Springs (140) Road access closed 04-05-2021: Road closed, no vehicle access; Trail details
Difficult Sulphur Skyline (30) Road access closed 04-05-2021: Road closed, no vehicle access; Trail details

Jasper Backcountry

Geraldine and Moab Road are closed to vehicle traffic. Check 511.alberta.ca for road updates.

Rating Trail Condition Comment Links
Moderate Saturday Night Lake Loop: South (3, 3d) Fair. 01-05-2021: Wet and muddy sections;  
Moderate Saturday Night Lake Loop: North (3, 3c) Fair. 01-05-2021: Wet and muddy sections;  
Moderate Fryatt Valley: Trailhead to Lower Fryatt Campground (122) Fair. 01-05-2021: Wet and muddy sections;  
Moderate Fryatt Valley: Lower Fryatt Campground to Fryatt Lake (122) Poor. 01-05-2021: Stream crossings; Wet and muddy sections; Snow patches; Snow covered sections;  
Difficult Fryatt Valley: Fryatt Lake to Fryatt ACC Hut (122) Poor. 01-05-2021: Stream crossings; Wet and muddy sections; Snow patches; Snow covered sections;  
Moderate Geraldine Lakes: Trailhead to First Geraldine Lake (120) Poor. 20-10-2020: Fresh snow; Road closed, no vehicle access;  
Difficult Geraldine Lakes: First Geraldine Lake to Second Geraldine Lake Campground (120) Poor. 20-10-2020: Road closed, no vehicle access; Not recommended; Fresh snow;  
Moderate Trailhead to Athabasca Crossing Campground (126) Fair. 12-10-2020: Fresh snow; Wet and muddy sections;  
Moderate Jacques Lake: Trailhead to Beaver Lake (139) Fair. 01-05-2021: Snow patches; Wet and muddy sections; Trail details
Moderate Jacques Lake: Beaver Lake to Summit Lakes (139) Poor. 01-05-2021: Wet and muddy sections; Snow covered sections; Trail details
Moderate Jacques Lake: Summit Lakes to Jacques Lake (139) Poor. 01-05-2021: Wet and muddy sections; Snow covered sections; Trail details
Moderate Athabasca Pass: Trailhead to Tie-Camp Campground (115) Fair. 01-05-2021: Wet and muddy sections; Road closed, no vehicle access;  
Difficult Athabasca Pass: Tie-Camp campground to Simon Creek (115) Fair. 01-05-2021: Wet and muddy sections; Stream crossings;  
Difficult Athabasca Pass: Simon Creek to Kane Meadows Campground (115) Not recommended. 01-05-2021: High water levels at river crossing(s);  

Tonquin Valley

Cavell road is closed to vehicle traffic. Check 511.ablerta.ca for road updates.

Rating Trail Condition Comment Links
Difficult Tonquin Valley: Astoria Trailhead to Astoria Campground (105) Road access closed 02-05-2021: Cavell road is closed to vehicles for the winter; No dogs allowed; Snow covered; Trail details
Difficult Tonquin Valley: Astoria Campground to Amethyst Campground (105) Road access closed 02-05-2021: Cavell road is closed to vehicles for the winter; Use extreme caution in rockslide area; No dogs allowed; Snow covered;  
Difficult Tonquin Valley: Wates-Gibson Trail (106, 107) Winter conditions. 02-05-2021: Cavell road is closed to vehicles for the winter; No dogs allowed; Snow covered;  
Difficult Tonquin Valley: Portal trailhead to Portal Campground (105) Winter conditions. 02-05-2021: Cavell road is closed to vehicles for the winter; No dogs allowed; Snow covered;  
Difficult Tonquin Valley: Portal Campground to Maccarib Campground - Maccarib Pass (105, 109) Winter conditions. 02-05-2021: Cavell road is closed to vehicles for the winter; No dogs allowed; Snow covered;  
Difficult Tonquin Valley: Maccarib Campground to Amethyst Campground (105) Winter conditions. 02-05-2021: Cavell road is closed to vehicles for the winter; No dogs allowed; Snow covered;  

Brazeau and South Boundary

Rating Trail Condition Comment Links
Moderate Brazeau: Poboktan Trail (132) Poor. 02-05-2021: Snow covered; No dogs allowed; Trail details
Moderate Brazeau: Nigel Pass trailhead to Brazeau Lake Campground (130) Poor. 01-05-2021: Snow covered;  
Moderate Brazeau: Brazeau Lake to Jonas Cutoff Campground - Poboktan Pass (132) Poor. 02-05-2021: No dogs allowed; Snow covered;  
Difficult Brazeau: Four Point Campground to Jonas Cutoff Campground - Jonas Pass (131) Poor. 02-05-2021: No dogs allowed; Snow covered; Avalanche danger at high altitude;  
Route South Boundary: Brazeau River to Rocky Pass Poor. 02-05-2021: Route finding may be necessary; Snow covered;  
Route South Boundary: Rocky Forks Poor. 02-05-2021: Unmaintained trail; Snow covered;  

North Boundary and Celestine Lake

Celestine Lake road is closed to vehicle traffic. Check 511.ablerta.ca for road updates.

Rating Trail Condition Comment Links
Moderate North Boundary: Traillhead to Celestine Lake Campground (150) Poor. 02-05-2021: Road closed, no vehicle access; Snow covered sections;  
Moderate North Boundary: Celestine Lake Campground to Snake Indian Falls (150) Poor. 02-05-2021: Stream crossings; Trail overgrown with vegetation; Snow covered sections;  
Difficult North Boundary: Snake Indian Falls to Rock Lake Trailhead (150, 153) Poor. 01-05-2021: Stream crossings; Wet and muddy sections; Deadfall on trail; Snow patches;  
Route North Boundary: Willow Creek Campground to Blue Creek Campground (150) Poor. 01-05-2021: Wet and muddy sections; Snow covered sections;  
Route North Boundary: Blue Creek Campground to Chown Creek Campground (150) Poor. 01-05-2021: Unmaintained trail; Stream crossings; Be careful fording rivers and streams; Wet and muddy sections; Snow covered sections;  
Route North Boundary: Chown Creek Campground to Adolphus Campground (150) Poor. 01-05-2021: Unmaintained trail; Stream crossings; Wet and muddy sections; Snow covered sections;  
Moderate North Boundary: Adolphus Campground to Mount Robson Provincial Park Boundary (150) Poor. 01-05-2021: Unmaintained trail; Wet and muddy sections; Snow covered sections;  

Skyline

Rating Trail Condition Comment Links
Difficult Skyline: Maligne Lake Trailhead to Snowbowl Campground (100) Poor. 02-05-2021: Snow covered; No dogs allowed;  
Difficult Skyline: Snowbowl Campground to the Notch (100) Poor. 02-05-2021: Snow covered; Avalanche risk, use caution; No dogs allowed;  
Difficult Skyline: The Notch (100) Poor. 02-05-2021: Snow covered; Avalanche terrain; No dogs allowed;  
Difficult Skyline: The Notch to Tekarra Campground (100) Poor. 02-05-2021: Snow covered; Route finding may be necessary; Avalanche risk, use caution; No dogs allowed;  
Difficult Skyline: Tekarra Campground to Signal Campground (100) Poor. 02-05-2021: Snow covered; Avalanche risk, use caution; No dogs allowed;  
Difficult Skyline: Signal Campground to Signal trailhead (100) Poor. 01-05-2021: Wet and muddy sections; Snow at high elevation ; Slushy sections ;  
Difficult Skyline: Wabasso Lake Trailhead to Curator Campground (101) Poor. 02-05-2021: Slippery sections; Wet and muddy sections; Trail details