Overlander Trail Topo Map

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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.

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