With more than 1000 kilometres of trails and routes to choose from, backcountry camping is a great way to experience the rugged and untamed wilderness of Jasper National Park. The park offers something for everyone, from easy, one-night escapes to 10-day adventures.

Suggested itineraries

Two or three day trips
Athabasca Island 

Athabasca Island - 3.5 km one-way, two days. Canoeing.
This is a beautiful campsite on a small island in an easy section of the Athabasca River, accessible by paddling 3.5 km from the nearest road access.
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Big Ben 

Big Bend - 12.6 km return, two days. Hiking, mountain biking.
Hike or ride along this old fire road to enjoy the spectacular views of the upper Athabasca Valley. Make a day of it, or stay overnight at Big Bend or Athabasca Crossing campgrounds. Elevation loss 37 m. Maximum elevation 1400 m.
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Celestine Lake
Celestine Lake - 13.2 km return, two days. Hiking, mountain biking.
A moderate hike or bike an old fire road to a secluded, forested lake-side campground. Beautiful views of the Snake Indian River valley along the way. Elevation gain/loss: 330 m. Max elevation: 1283 m.
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Fryatt Valley

Fryatt Valley - 35 km return (Brussels campground), 44 km return (ACC hut). Hikers, bikers.
This alpine valley, tucked into one of Jasper's great mountain ranges is a jewel that rewards all your efforts. Camp at Brussels and explore the upper valley and beautiful Fryatt Lake on day two, or tackle the infamous headwall to the Alpine Hut and the small hanging valley beyond. Elevation gain 690 m. Maximum elevation 2040 m.
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Geraldine Lakes
Geraldine Lakes - 12.4 km return, one-two days. Hiking.
This is a strenuous but rewarding onenight backpacking trip sandwiched between the steep slopes of Mount Fryatt and Whirlpool Peak. Elevation gain 532 m, loss 330 m. Max elevation: 1890 m.
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Jacques Lake 

Jacques Lake - 24 km return, two days. Hiking, mountain biking.
This unique trail travels through a narrow mountain valley, skirts four lakes and crosses a watershed- all in less than 13 km and with little change in elevation. A good choice for novice hikers. Elevation gain 90 m. Maximum elevation 1540 m.
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Maligne Lake  

Maligne Lake Canoeing - 7 km to 44 km return, two-three days.
Maligne Lake is the largest natural lake in the Canadian Rockies. Stunningly beautiful, this lake is famed for its surrounding peaks, glaciers and Spirit Island - one of the most photographed locations in the country. Maligne Lake is a unique backcountry experience in Jasper National Park. Canoes, kayaks and electric motors are allowed. New to Maligne Lake, follow a short 3.5 kilometre route along the shoreline to Hidden Cove paddle-in only campground.
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Maligne Pass - Avalanche 

Maligne Pass - Avalanche Campground - 11 km one-way, two days. Hiking.
Maligne Pass is well known for its spectacular wildflowers and incredible alpine meadows. This trail is no longer maintained; watch for bridge washouts and poor sightlines. Elevation gain 810 m gain, loss 289 m.
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Saturday Night Lake Loop  

Saturday Night Lake Loop - 24 km loop, two days. Hiking, mountain biking.
This well-marked trail, beginning and ending in the Jasper townsite, is on a plateau all below timberline, making it a good selection for the novice or early season hiker. Elevation gain/loss 786 m. Maximum elevation 1640 m.
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Skyline - 44 km one way, two-three days. Hikers.
Caribou range – no dogs allowed.
An exceptionally beautiful trail, most of it above treeline. High elevation allows for expansive views that extend over much of the park, encompassing vast meadows, windswept ridges and the chance to spot wildlife in the distance. Elevation gain from Maligne Lake 1410 m and loss 1928 m. Maximum elevation 2510 m.
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Tonquin Valley 

Tonquin Valley - 43 km return, two-three days. Hikers, horses.
Caribou range – no dogs allowed.
The Tonquin Valley's scenery is unrivalled. This is one of Canada's premiere alpine regions, a unique combination of barren peaks, ghostly ice and fertile lakes. There are several excellent day hikes in the area. Elevation gain from Astoria trail 1053 m and loss 1293 m. Maximum elevation 2210 m.
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Four Day Trips
Brazeau Loop 

Brazeau Loop - 80 km loop. Hikers, horses.
Caribou range – no dogs allowed.
The "grand tour" of the southern ranges, this circuit includes one of the park's largest backcountry lakes and an extraordinary alpine traverse with glaciated peaks, lush wildflowers and a variety of wildlife. The trail passes through extensive alpine meadows and three passes. Elevation gain/loss-clockwise loop, 1912 m. Maximum elevation 2475 m.
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Poboktan-Jonas Pass 

Poboktan-Jonas Pass - 54 km one way. Hikers.
Caribou range – no dogs allowed.
A shorter alternative to the Brazeau loop. This is an impressive hike with over 13 km of travel above treeline. Good views and prime habitat for park wildlife including hoary marmot and woodland caribou. Elevation gain 1686 m and loss 1340 m. Maximum elevation 2470 m. See notes for Brazeau loop above.
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Fiddle River 

Fiddle River - 37 km one way. Hikers, horses.
Follow the Fiddle River to Fiddle Pass, a beautiful alpine summit straddling the park's eastern boundary. Beyond scenic Fiddle Pass a well-defined but often very muddy trail continues down to a provincial campground near Cadomin. A rugged, primitive trail with few bridged crossings that can be very muddy in places. Not recommended during periods of high water. Elevation gain 1200 m and loss 448 m, from Miette Hotsprings. Maximum elevation 2135 m.
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Seven to Ten Day Trips
Athabasca Pass 

Athabasca Pass - 98 km return. Hikers, horses.
This remote historic trail follows the Whirlpool River valley, the traditional route of early fur traders crossing the Rocky Mountains. Large gravel flats and glaciers dominate the scenery in sections. No bridge at Simon Creek. Most major crossings are bridged as you climb toward Athabasca Pass National Historic Site. Some horse traffic. Elevation gain 843 m and loss 311 m, from Moab Lake road, one way. Maximum elevation 1755 m.
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North Boundary 

North Boundary - 179 km one way.
The North Boundary country possesses its own unique brand of beauty- a wilderness of broad valleys and distant views that is inhabited by an array of wildlife. The trail is rugged and many large, potentially dangerous creek crossings are not bridged. Not recommended during periods of high water. Some horse traffic. Elevation gain 2688 m and loss 2922 m, from Celestine Road, one-way. Maximum elevation 2019 m.
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South Boundary 

South Boundary - 120 km one way, Hikers, horses.
This high country trek travels through lowland forest and over two alpine passes. Most major water crossing are bridged but the smaller streams may require fancy footwork. Much of the trail is very remote. Elevation gain 1806 m and loss 2231 m, from Nigel Pass, one-way. Maximum elevation 2255 m.
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