Signal Mountain Fire Lookout

Jasper, Alberta

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The trail is located east of Jasper, Alberta, within Jasper National Park. Signal Mountain Fire Road is perfect for riders of all abilities, as long as their lungs are made of steel. The climb is unrelenting, but the rewards make it all worthwhile. The trail climbs 3158 feet to the site of an old fire lookout on the lower slopes of Signal Mountain. The quality of the trail is great for the entire total out-and-back distance of 11.9 miles. It follows a good, wide fire road all the way to the top. Just before the summit, the whistling calls of the hoary marmot will tempt you to look for these large rodents. From the lookout, the views open in all directions. Beneath you sits the town of Jasper and a seemingly endless number of small, sparkling, emerald green lakes. Beyond Jasper, the peaks of the Victoria Cross Range are visible; each is named for a recipient of the empire's highest award for valor. To the southwest, Whistlers Mountain dominates, with its tramline constantly moving up and down the mountain face. To the south, Mount Edith Cavell's snow-covered summit hold the skyline.

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"The trail is located east of Jasper, Alberta, within Jasper National Park. Signal Mountain Fire Road is perfect for riders of all abilities, as long as their lungs are made of steel. The climb is unrelenting, but the rewards make it all worthwhile. The trail climbs 3158 feet to the site of an old fire lookout on the lower slopes of Signal Mountain. The quality of the trail is great for the entire total out-and-back distance of 11.9 miles. It follows a good, wide fire road all the way to the top.

Just before the summit, the whistling calls of the hoary marmot will tempt you to look for these large rodents. From the lookout, the views open in all directions. Beneath you sits the town of Jasper and a seemingly endless number of small, sparkling, emerald green lakes. Beyond Jasper, the peaks of the Victoria Cross Range are visible; each is named for a recipient of the empire's highest award for valor. To the southwest, Whistlers Mountain dominates, with its tramline constantly moving up and down the mountain face. To the south, Mount Edith Cavell's snow-covered summit hold the skyline."

Activity Type: Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Jasper
Distance: 11.9
Elevation Gain: 3,159 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Technical Difficulty: Easy
Physical Difficulty: Easy
Season: Early July to mid-September
Trailhead Elevation: 3,880 feet
Top Elevation: 7,040 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 Signal Mountain Fire Lookout

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May 2018