Almost double the size of its neighbour – Banff NP, Jasper is the largest national park in the Canadian Rockies. Understandably with all this space, there’s bound to be some fantastic trails.
However nothing prepared me for the beautiful views I witnessed every time I hiked here. When I visited Jasper for the first time, I was so impressed with the surroundings that I seriously considered settling down here for a while!
1. The Sulphur Skyline
The Sulphur Skyline trail starts roughly 40 km northeast of Jasper townsite, past the Pocahontas Bungalows, next to the Miette Hot Springs.
The hike begins along a wide horse path before curving off through the forest where a steep series of switchbacks will take you above the treeline. As the views become more expansive they eventually climax on a ridge-line summit where a 360 degree panorama can be enjoyed.
What’s most appealing about this hike, to me anyway, is that once you get down from the trail you can take a long soak in the hot springs located right near the trailhead!
Length: 8km (5 miles)
Estimated Duration: 3 – 5 hours
Elevation Gain: 700m (2417ft)