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Hiking - Skyline Trail Wilderness Hiking

JASPER NATIONAL PARK, ALBERTA

“ALPINE HIKING IN THE LAND OF THE CARIBOU”

SUMMARY

August 31 - September 4, 2014

Join us for four days of magical alpine hiking in one of Canada’s greatest Rocky Mountain Parks- Jasper National Park.

The Skyline Trail traverses a distance of 47 km with campsites located in several places along the trail allowing for a moderate days travel through the alpine and treeline landscape. We complete the hike travelling from south to north starting at Maligne Lake and ending at the Signal Mountain fire road.

Wildlife that can be seen on this trip include; mountain caribou, bighorn sheep, wolf, wolverine, numerous bird species, marmots, pikas, black and grizzly bears.

INTINERARY

August 31
Meet in Jasper @ 2:00 pm at Wapiti Campground (dinner meal is catered) we will spend the evening sharing a meal, finalizing group gear in our packs and conducting pre-trip checks. This campground has hot showers.

September 1
It is 8.3 km of hiking from the Maligne Lake trailhead to our first backcountry campsite below Little shovel Pass. We take our time to ensure packs are fitting perfect, feet are happy and we can enjoy the beautiful lakes, forest and mountains. 410 meters (1350 ft) height gain.

September 2
Hike over Little Shovel Pass traversing through the alpine and tree line areas covered in wildflowers and in the afternoon descending into Curator Campground for the second night. Distance is 12km. Height gain about 450 meters ( 1500 ft).

September 3
Today we reach our high point hiking up through “the Notch” on a rugged section of trail. At an elevation of 2480 meters, “the Notch” is the crux of our journey and opens to a gateway of unforgettable mountain vistas beyond. We descend the Tekarra Valley then on and up to camp at Signal Campground. Signal Mountain is perched above Jasper and the last leg of the journey. Distance is 17.3 km. Height gain about 420 meters( 1400 ft) .

September 4
After a short hike to summit on Signal Mountain, we begin our gradual 1000 meter descent to civilization , vehicle shuttle, and the town of Jasper. Distance is 9.5 km. Height gain about 100 meters ( 328 ft).

DIFFICULTY

Moderate to difficult. This 47 kilometer backpack tour rises 1380 meters ( 4500 ft) and traverses through 25 kilometers of above treeline terrain. We average 12 kilometers a day on mountain trails. Guests will carry warm personal clothing, shared lightweight camping equipment, and a portion of food for the trip. All your gear (especially boots) should be field tested prior to the trip start.

REQUIRED EQUIPMENT

Please see our gear section for the complete list of recommended personal items for our backpacking trips.