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The new bridge at Brazeau River Campground, August 2013.

One of Jasper’s most popular backcountry hikes, the Jonas Pass-Brazeau Lake Loop, reopened this week following reconstruction of the bridge at Brazeau River Campground. The multi-day backpack traverses Nigel, Jonas and Poboktan Passes and visits Brazeau Lake, one of the park’s largest backcountry lakes.

The bridge was washed out during the June 2013 flood (see my earlier post on the washout along the Jonas Pass-Brazeau Lake Loop) that destroyed dozens of bridges and sections of trail throughout Alberta’s mountain parks. As reported to the Jasper Trail Alliance by the project’s trail foreman, the new Brazeau River Campground bridge is “a 90-ft-long monster.”

Parks Canada reports that conditions on the loop trail are generally good though some fording is required on Poboktan Creek. Before planning any backcountry trip, be sure to check Jasper Park’s Trail Report: http://www.pc.gc.ca/apps/tcond/cond_e.asp?oPark=100244

For a full description of the trip, check trail 109—Jonas Pass-Brazeau Lake Loop in the Canadian Rockies Trail Guide, 9th edition (2011).

Photo by Nicole Gaboury