Palisades Lookout

Jasper, Alberta

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The trail is located north of Jasper at the end of Pyramid Lake Road. If you ride to the summit of just one lookout, make this the one. It is accessible to riders of all technical abilities, although it does require a good fitness level and an adventurous spirit. It climbs 6.9 mile one-way to the lookout, where the entire Athabasca Valley spreads out beneath you. since the trail is an out-and-back route, you'll need to return on the same trail. From the lookout, the Colin Range holds the eastern skyline, with Roche Bonhomme, locally known as the "Old Man of the Mountain," staring toward the sky. This mountain resembles a face looking skyward. Pyramid Mountain, with its cable car providing access for maintenance of the telecommunications tower at its summit, blocks the western horizon. The town of Jasper and Whistlers Mountain stand out clearly to the south, and Jasper Lake is visible to the north. Few views in Jasper can compete with the awesome spectacle from this point.

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"The trail is located north of Jasper at the end of Pyramid Lake Road. If you ride to the summit of just one lookout, make this the one. It is accessible to riders of all technical abilities, although it does require a good fitness level and an adventurous spirit. It climbs 6.9 mile one-way to the lookout, where the entire Athabasca Valley spreads out beneath you. since the trail is an out-and-back route, you'll need to return on the same trail.

From the lookout, the Colin Range holds the eastern skyline, with Roche Bonhomme, locally known as the "Old Man of the Mountain," staring toward the sky. This mountain resembles a face looking skyward. Pyramid Mountain, with its cable car providing access for maintenance of the telecommunications tower at its summit, blocks the western horizon. The town of Jasper and Whistlers Mountain stand out clearly to the south, and Jasper Lake is visible to the north. Few views in Jasper can compete with the awesome spectacle from this point."

Activity Type: Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Jasper
Distance: 13.2
Elevation Gain: 2,800 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Technical Difficulty: Easy
Physical Difficulty: Easy
Season: Mid-May until early October.
Trailhead Elevation: 3,880 feet
Top Elevation: 6,680 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 Palisades Lookout

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May 2018