This summer, Simon and I have calculated that we hiked over 100 hours, and 500+ km this summer. Definitely not a record (hard to hike when trails are closed due to the snowpack!). But definitely discovered some new and spectacular hikes, that’s for sure!
One that really got us excited was the Skyline trail in Jasper National Park, Alberta.
Jasper is home to so many of my favourite hikes, and this one quickly rose to the top of the top. And, so did we.
Climbing 1,380 metres, this hike gave us some pretty amazing scenes of Maligne Glacier and Mountain Range. Most people complete this trail as an overnight backpacking trip. Unfortunately, Simon and I are not equipped for overnight backpacking, but we did get a good taste of the trail, by hiking the 10km in to Little Shovel Pass.
We began the hike at the end of Maligne Lake Road (48km from the town). After a gentle rise in a beautiful forest, we passed both Lorraine and Mona Lakes. After that, the incline increased and the trail opened up. This is where it went from very pretty, to BAM – stunning! The 360 degree view of the mountains were jaw-droppingly gorgeous, and we were lucky enough to time it perfectly with the peak of the wildflowers.
If we were to complete the trail, it comes out about 8km from the townsite, on the same road. The trail is 44km from one end to the other, so in order for us to attempt this in one day, a ride to the trailhead is a must…or we need to drink a ton of Red Bull.
But the dream is there.
(and hopefully we will see the endangered woodland caribou when we do hike it again)