Our Favourite Jasper Hikes

The views are endless when hiking in the Rocky Mountains, and Jasper National Park is no exception. Whether you’re looking to explore around Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge or venture out a little further, we have provided the ultimate beginner’s guide to hiking the area below. Are you looking for additional suggestions? Our Concierge team is happy to assist in planning your perfect trip to Jasper.

Old Fort Point

Old Fort Point in the meadows before the summit
Old Fort Point in the meadows before the summit

Time Required: 1.5 – 2 Hours | Difficulty: Moderate | Elevation Gain: 130 M | Approximate Distance Round Trip: 10 Km

Old Fort Point is a favourite short hike that will challenge your small-summit abilities with a few steep grades and great panoramic lookouts over the town of Jasper and Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge.

Directions: Begin at The Boathouse (facing the lake) and follow the trail to the left. At the Lac Beauvert parking area, follow the road a short distance to trail 7c (on the right hand side), connecting to trail 7. Turn left onto trail 7 and follow it to the base of Old Fort Point where the ascent begins at a set of stairs. Come back down the same way, or go down the backside of the mountain to complete a loop. There is also a parking lot at the base of Old Fort Point that can be accessed from Highway 16.

Note: Kid Friendly Activity, Dogs Allowed on Leash

Maligne Canyon

Maligne Canyon near First Bridge (close to parking lot) in Jasper National Park
Maligne Canyon near First Bridge

Time Required: 2 – 2.5 Hours | Difficulty: Moderate | Elevation Gain: 110 M | Approximate Distance Round Trip: 7 Km

A series of bridges crossing the canyon allow you to tower over impressive waterfalls and canyon walls up to 50 metres tall! The hike can be started from the parking lot at the top of the canyon, or from the Fifth or Six Bridge parking lots at the bottom.

Directions: At the end of Old Lodge Road, turn right onto Maligne Road. Look for signage on the left hand side as you drive.

Note: Kid Friendly Activity, Dogs Allowed on Leash

Valley of the Five Lakes

Valley of the Five Lakes – Third Lake
Red Chairs

Time Required: 1.5 – 2 Hours | Difficulty: Easy – Moderate | Elevation Gain: 66 M | Approximate Distance Round Trip: 4.5 Km

This hike takes you around five, sparkling blue-green lakes. Much of the trail is flat, but there are a few short steep sections.

Directions: The trailhead is about a 20 minute drive from the Lodge. Take the Icefields Parkway about 9km south and you will see a big sign indicating the parking area on the left hand side.

Note: Kid Friendly Activity, Dogs Allowed on Leash

Whistlers Mountain

Whistlers Mountain near the Jasper Skytram
Couple hiking Whistlers Mountain

Time Required: 3 – 3.5 Hours | Difficulty: Hard | Elevation Gain: 1200 M | Approximate Distance One Way: 8 Km

This is a great physical test with fantastic views. You can hike both ways, but we recommend taking the SkyTram down!

Directions: Take Highway 93 south about 2 km. Turn right at the signs for the Jasper SkyTram onto Whistlers Road and follow it

Note: Dogs Allowed on Leash (they are not allowed in the restaurant at the top of the mountain)

Jasper in Every Season

people skating on an ice path on a frozen lake
baby bear cub in tall grassy field

Our friendly and knowledgeable Concierge team would be delighted to assist you in planning your upcoming stay. For further assistance, please contact the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge Concierge desk at 780-852-3301 or email: [email protected].

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