Athabasca River to Fortress Lake

Jasper, Alberta

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This ride takes you through exciting and spectacular country where big valleys and towering, glaciated mountains form the very headwaters of the Athabasca River. The Columbia and Chaba icefields feed two fast-flowing rivers, the bridge, and the Chaba, which must be forded to get to the lake. Fortress Lake is a large mountain lake lying just west of the Continental Divide in Hamber Provincial Park, British Columbia.
Backcountry Biking in the Canadian Rockies

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Backcountry Biking in the Canadian Rockies

by Doug Eastcott (Rocky Mountain Books)

This ride takes you through exciting and spectacular country where big valleys and towering, glaciated mountains form the very headwaters of the Athabasca River.

The Columbia and Chaba icefields feed two fast-flowing rivers, the bridge, and the Chaba, which must be forded to get to the lake. Fortress Lake is a large mountain lake lying just west of the Continental Divide in Hamber Provincial Park, British Columbia.

©  Doug Eastcott/Rocky Mountain Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Jasper
Distance: 60
Elevation Gain: 66 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Technical Difficulty: Moderate
Physical Difficulty: Difficult
Duration: 7-8 hours
Season: June to Mid-October
Trailhead Elevation: 4,593 feet
Top Elevation: 4,659 feet
Local Contacts: Alberta Forest Service Rocky Mountain House 403-845-8272
Local Maps: Athabasca Falls, Fortress Lake
Driving Directions: Directions to Athabasca River to Fortress Lake

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May 2018