Overlander Trail

Jasper, Alberta

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The trail is located north of Jasper, Alberta. This challenging 22.3-mile expert loop follows the footsteps of explorers. It exhibits moderate elevation gain, but has some very challenging stretches that limit it to experienced riders. The route follows the Athabasca River beneath the towering slopes of the Colin Range. It passes the cabins of John Moberly, who settled in the area at the turn of the century and lived here until 1909. Once each year, the family made the trip to Edmonton to sell its furs. The trip took three months, as there were no roads in those days. From the Moberly cabins, the trail passes through the site of a controlled burn, set in 1989 by the park wardens to help improve wildlife habitat. You can see the rapid regrowth beneath the blackened stumps. Before you know it, the trail is squeezed along narrow side-cuts above the river. It gets technical and challenging, but the views are exquisite.

Overlander Trail Professional Review and Guide

"The trail is located north of Jasper, Alberta. This challenging 22.3-mile expert loop follows the footsteps of explorers. It exhibits moderate elevation gain, but has some very challenging stretches that limit it to experienced riders. The route follows the Athabasca River beneath the towering slopes of the Colin Range. It passes the cabins of John Moberly, who settled in the area at the turn of the century and lived here until 1909.

Once each year, the family made the trip to Edmonton to sell its furs. The trip took three months, as there were no roads in those days. From the Moberly cabins, the trail passes through the site of a controlled burn, set in 1989 by the park wardens to help improve wildlife habitat. You can see the rapid regrowth beneath the blackened stumps. Before you know it, the trail is squeezed along narrow side-cuts above the river. It gets technical and challenging, but the views are exquisite."

Activity Type: Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Jasper
Distance: 22.3
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Technical Difficulty: Difficult
Physical Difficulty: Difficult
Season: Late May to early October.
Trailhead Elevation: 3,390 feet
Top Elevation: 3,480 feet
Local Contacts: Jasper National Park, 403-852-6176.
Local Maps: Topo: 83 D / 16 Jasper. Jasper and Maligne Lake Recreational Map.
Driving Directions: Directions to Overlander Trail

Recent Trail Reviews

7/1/2007
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This is a good non-technical trail that builds confidence in newer riders and gives seasoned rider a chance to stretch their legs. Great scenery, natural water springs and you can combine it with several trails on the other side of the highway to make it an epic adventure.



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May 2018