This three-day trip travels over passes and ridges in the Maligne Mountain Range in Jasper National Park. This trip is one of the most popular in the park, with an extended section of alpine travel. Scheduled for early September, the autumn foliage is sure to amaze!
This hiking trip is rated as challenging. We will be carrying three days of food, keeping the pack weights low, but our legs will still be challenged by the mountain travel. Each person will be carrying a share of the group equipment and food, with pack weights up to 45 lbs, depending on how lightweight you can pack! You will need to be fit enough to carry a backpack for multiple days in mountainous terrain.
We will be staying in lightweight backpacking tents and in established Jasper National park backcountry campgrounds. Each campsite is equipped with outhouses and food storage facilities. You are responsible for supplying your own tent, sleeping bag and sleeping pad, however, we will arrange for rentals on your behalf if you require, extra charge will apply.
Meals will be lightweight backpacking dried food, although we will have some fresh food earlier in the trip. Each day will consist of three nutritious and tasty meals and some snacks to keep us fueled throughout the day.
We meet in Jasper the evening before the trip start date to sign waivers, discuss the logistics and to ensure everybody has appropriate equipment for the trip.
On day one, we will catch a shuttle in the morning to Maligne Lake where our adventure begins! We’ll ease into the trip with a gradually ascending trail through the forest, passing Lorraine and Mona Lakes on the way. Midway through our day we’ll emerge into the alpine tundra, with great views enroute to our campsite at Snowbowl Campground. The distance is 12 km with elevation at 400 meters up, 150 meters down.
Day two is the day you came for! We’ll pass through broad alpine meadows enroute to Big Shovel Pass, followed by an easy descent to Curator Lake. We’ll climb up to our high point of the trip, The Notch at 2,510 meters. From here we’ll follow Amber Ridge, an amazing alpine ramble, with views of Mount Robson, Jasper and the Icefields Parkway. From the end of the ridge, we’ll descend to Tekarra Campground. The distance is 18 km with an elevation of 500 meters up, 450 meters down.
On this final day, we’ll gradually climb while contouring around Mount Tekarra and Signal Mountain, with views of the Maligne Valley. Our final descent will take us along a fire road to the trail head. The distance is 13.5 km with an elevation of 150 meters up, 1,000 meters down. From here, we’ll head on to Jasper for showers and a well-deserved celebratory dinner!