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More spring hikes in Jasper

Old Fort Point, Jasper National Park

The trail to the top of Old Fort Point is an easy spring hike in Jasper National Park.

I don’t get to Jasper National Park nearly enough these days, especially for spring hikes. Time was we would spend a good chunk of our summers hiking and backpacking in the park. And one summer we worked in nearby Mount Robson and made frequent day trips there.

That’s why I find myself feeling frustrated this week as some of the best early hikes in the Canadian Rockies are opening up in Jasper National Park. In fact, nearly all the lower elevation trails around the townsite and down the Athabasca Valley are open, including to Old Fort Point, though there have been grizzly bear warnings and closures on some of the trails west of town.

The road to Miette Hot Springs is open, which provides access to the Sulphur Skyline, one of the best short hikes in the Front Ranges.

The Cavell Road opened this weekend, but the Cavell Meadows trail is closed until snow melts and conditions dry out. Meanwhile, hiking is limited to the Cavell Lake viewpoint 0.7 km beyond the parking area.


Longer Jasper spring hikes

The Celestine Road is open for the Devona Lookout day hike or an overnight to Snake Indian Falls (both are popular trips for cyclists). The drive to the trailhead is slow and a bit rough in spots, but open meadows along the roadside are filled with wildflowers at this time of year. (Check in at the Visitor Centre for the current limited-access schedule and latest road conditions before you go.)


More Jasper spring hikes information

All the trails discussed above are described in the Canadian Rockies Trail Guide. You can get a quick overview of current trail conditions in the park by linking to the “Jasper Trail Condition Report”. But I prefer to access the “Jasper Trail Alliance-Facebook” page for lively conversation and updates from one of the most active backcountry communities in Canada (check “June 11” for a report on Devona Lookout).