Skyline Trail, Alberta, Canada

A local favourite.


Jasper National Park can be reached via Calgary or Edmonton. Both are four- to five-hour drives. The journey from Calgary is much more scenic, though, winding its way through Banff National Park and the Icefields Parkway.

The Skyline Trail is 27 miles in length with more than half above treeline. In good weather, it can be completed comfortably in as little as three days, two nights. …

The trail passes through six campsites, each positioned in scenic locations below treeline near or next to flowing water. …

If you’re tackling it in a standard weekend, plan to stay at Tekarra and Snow Bowl. For me, they were the most scenic, combining pine forests, rivers and landscape views. …

You can start the Skyline Trail from either the Signal or Maligne Lake trailheads. I recommend starting from Signal because you get the most boring part of the trail, a fire road with no views, out of the way in the beginning as opposed to letting it be an anticlimactic end.

The Skyline Trail is best enjoyed between late June and early September. …

Travel Pulse – What You Need to Know About Hiking the Skyline Trail in Jasper

Dawn at Maligne Lake

Dawn at Maligne Lake

Adventure blog linked to a video profile of Jasper National Park.

Click PLAY or watch Into the Canadian Rockies on Vimeo.

(via Meandrathals)

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