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 and has prompted Parks Canada to list this section “impassable.”
Backpackers can still hike from Banff National Park to Four Point Campground via Nigel Pass and then north into Jonas Pass, but no one should attempt the Jonas Pass-Brazeau Lake Loop (109) until the Brazeau River Campground bridge has been repaired.
Other backpacking routes in Jasper affected by bridge washouts and storm erosion include the North Boundary Trail (128) and the South Boundary Trail (122). To keep abreast of conditions on these and other trails, check the Jasper National Park Trail Report: http://www.pc.gc.ca/apps/tcond/cond_e.asp?oPark=100244
(Trail numbers in parentheses refer to trail listings in the Canadian Rockies Trail Guide, 9th edition, 2011):
Photo © Brian Patton