Canadian Rockies Hiking Blog

Grizzly closes trails in Kootenay National Park

Already suffering trail closures from bridge washouts and the Numa Creek fire, Kootenay National Park has closed several more trails at the north end of the park due to grizzly bear activity. The closure went into effect August 20, 2013. Trails affected by the closure...

Jonas Pass-Brazeau Lake Loop washout in Jasper National Park

Jasper National Park’s most popular loop trip for backpackers, the Jonas Pass-Brazeau Lake Loop, has been disrupted by washouts in the wake of the storm that swept the region in June (2013). The destruction of a bridge at Brazeau River Campground is the most serious...

Hiking the Canadian Rockies highest trails

By mid-summer, all of the snow has disappeared from the highest hiking trails in the Canadian Rockies parks and most hikers are in a bit better shape than they were in the spring. If you’d like to hike to the highest trail-accessible points in the parks, this is the...

Hiking above the washouts in Banff National Park

With the closure of the Sunshine Village Road and washouts on Pharaoh Creek as a result of the June 2013 flood, its been a discouraging summer for getting to Sunshine Meadows and Eygpt Lakes. But backpackers travelling from Spray Valley Provincial Park to Highway 93...

Shuttle relieves Red Rock traffic In Waterton National Park

Parks Canada has announced that damage to the Akamina Parkway in Waterton Lakes National Park resulting from spring flooding is major and the road will be closed for the rest of the 2013 summer. In order to relieve some of the traffic that is pressuring the Red Rock...

The last best wildflowers in the Canadian Rockies

Heading into mid-August hikers are looking for those final summer trips that will take them into the best wildflower meadows before the first killing frosts of the season. Many of the traditional destinations are out of reach this year because of flood-related road...

Cavell Meadows—Jasper National Park’s best wildflowers

The hike to the Cavell Meadows is probably the best half-day hike to wildflowers in Jasper National Park. And it certainly lived up to its reputation on Monday, July 29. The damage from the collapse of Ghost Glacier (see Path of the Glacie Reopens in Jasper National...

Path of the Glacier reopens in Jasper National Park

Much of the Path of the Glacier trail, in Jasper National Park, was destroyed in the wee hours of August 10, 2012 when a major chunk of the Ghost Glacier fell from the face of Mount Edith Cavell and plunged into Cavell Tarn. As described by the Jasper Trail Alliance:...

Hiking Parker Ridge in Banff National Park

The switchbacking trail to the alpine summit of Parker Ridge in northern Banff National Park has a reputation for being the most scenic short hike in the Canadian Rockies. On Sunday, July 28, 2013, I recorded my 57th “ascent” of the ridge. Most of my Parker Ridge...