Great Divide Trail Maligne Lake to Jasper

Jasper, Alberta

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Strenuous climbing on an excellent hiking trail. Just north of Big Shovel Pass, you will admire the view across the Athabasca River Valley. The Skyline Trail takes advantage of as much of the alpine terrain as possible between Maligne Lake and Jasper. The strenuous climbs over high passes will make you sweat—a trade-off for some of the best views of the GDT. The only drawback is the popularity of the segment, which inevitably leads to full campgrounds. Pace your grinding ascents so that you can still muster enough breath to greet others on the trail. Despite the popularity of the segment, the hiking is superb.
Hiking Canada's Great Divide Trail

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Hiking Canada's Great Divide Trail

by Dustin Lynx (Rocky Mountain Books)

Strenuous climbing on an excellent hiking trail. Just north of Big Shovel Pass, you will admire the view across the Athabasca River Valley. The Skyline Trail takes advantage of as much of the alpine terrain as possible between Maligne Lake and Jasper. The strenuous climbs over high passes will make you sweat—a trade-off for some of the best views of the GDT. The only drawback is the popularity of the segment, which inevitably leads to full campgrounds. Pace your grinding ascents so that you can still muster enough breath to greet others on the trail. Despite the popularity of the segment, the hiking is superb.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Jasper
Distance: 34.3
Trail Type: Shuttle
Skill Level: Difficult
Season: Summer depending on snow pack
Local Contacts: Jasper National Park, 780-852-6176
Local Maps: 83 C / 12 Athabasca Falls, 83 C / 13 Medicine Lake and 83 D / 16 Jasper
Driving Directions: Directions to Great Divide Trail: Maligne Lake to Jasper

Recent Trail Reviews

8/12/2011
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Stellar trail and views! Hard hike in some spots but the views are all worth it. Completed it in three days but wish we would have taken longer just to enjoy and hang out. A group of five of us women hiked and had a blast!


8/9/2009
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We did this trail in reverse...from Jasper to Maligne, which is not recommended since there is more altitude gain in this direction. However, it was the only way we could get camp sites for us and our three kids (ages 12, 8, and 7 at the time). We took our time (did it in 5 days/4 nights) since we wanted the kids to have fun. Weather was great (just a little rain coming down the Notch), views were spectacular, and our kids still rave about it a year later! We had done the trip 20 years prior with just the two of us and it was just a spectacular as we remembered it.


8/7/2008
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SKYLINE TRAIL we hiked this trail the july 2808. great views it's very special to pass trough very differents sections of this trail...valleys, summits , glaciers, lakes. it's by far the thoughest hike we ever made. We have pass trough snow bowl and made a stop at curator hut then we have taken a shortcut to wabasso lake by the horse trail... take care of the indications just before enterring the wabasso lake section...finally we arrived at icefield parkway and made some hitching to return to jasper..... in one day 13 hours with breaks- 38.5 kilometers. we highly recommend this trail to experienced hikers...and if you are highly athletic it is possible to do the all trail by tekerra trail all way down to jasper...but allow some 15-16 hours...good luck and be quick in your breaks...


7/24/2008
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Hiked this great trail July 11/08. Camped first night at Snobowl after 3 1/2 hours, and a second night at Tekarra after a 6 hour day. Might cut this to two days by hiking through to the end point. Discovered 6 guys and no booze makes for an early night. Weather was fine but it snowed the Thursday before, so advise that you make sure to have warm weather gear and study the signs of hypothermia. At midpoint of the second day is the Notch, which starts with a 1000 ft. climb and crossing of a steep snow covered area that is not really technical but may be imposing to some under poor conditions. Views are awe inspiring, highly recommend this hike to experienced hikers.


4/15/2004
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