Backpack - Skyline trail/Jasper NP

Skyline trail/Jasper NP

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August 8-11, Thur.-Sun. – Skyline Trail, Jasper National Park, Canadian Rockies, Alberta (S) (National Geographic–Jasper South; Medicine Lake, 83 C/13 West; Athabasca Falls, 83 C/12) 27.4 mi, 4,600’ gain, 6,300’ loss. Max. Altitude, 8,300’. Moderate pace. Jasper National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is the largest national park in the Canadian Rockies. It is located in Alberta and bordered on the west side by stunning Mt. Robson Provincial Park. The alpine landscape of Jasper contains spectacular mountain peaks, active glaciers, pristine lakes, rumbling waterfalls, hot springs, and deep limestone canyons. The Columbia Icefield and the wild and scenic Athabasca River system dominate the interior of Jasper National Park. Wildlife in the park includes caribou, elk, moose, mountain goats, bighorn sheep, mule and white-tailed deers, grizzly and black bears, wolfs, mountain lions, among other animals. The Skyline Trail follows ridges of the Maligne Range and is a premier backpack, mostly above timberline, with expansive views of the park. Its traverses the range over such geographical features as Little Shovel Pass, Snowbowl, Shovel Pass and The Notch. Our backpack will proceed from southeast to northwest with a car shuttle or local transportation. The backpacking plan is for 4 days/three nights starting on August 8 and staying overnight at Snowbowl, Curator, and Tekarra campsites, depending on backcountry permit requirements. Proposed Trip Itinerary: 8/7 – Meet in Jasper, pickup permits, camp near Jasper; 8/8 – Participant car shuttle to Maligne Lake trailhead and backpack over Little Shovel Pass to Snowbowl Camp; 8/9 – Backpack to Curator Camp; 8/10 – Backpack to Tekarra Lake Camp; 8/11 – Backpack to Maligne Lake Road and head to camp near Jasper. Our meeting place will be at a pre-arranged location and time in Jasper. There is a limit of 6 experienced backpackers and preference will be given to those registering for the Berg Lake Trail backpack from August 2 to 6. The Skyline Trail permits are issued 3 months in advance, so some adjustments in schedule and camping arrangements may become necessary. In case of inclement weather, we may do day hikes such as the Angel Glacier trail at Mount Edith Cavall. The total camping, permit fees (park and backcountry) and local park shuttle, excluding your own transportation and lodging expense to and from Jasper is estimated at $200. Optional upgrading to lodging will increase costs. A valid passport, Washington Enhanced Driver’s License or I.D. Card are required to go on this trip. A non-refundable deposit may become necessary. Leader permission required. If interested, you need to request an application from leader for registration and submit by July 30 to Glen Strachan, ( or 425-869-8094 (s2/15-7/30). The Canadian Rockies Trail Guide by Patton and Robinson.
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