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Long Day Hikes to Ditch the Crowds in Jasper National Park

The best way to avoid a crowd is to hike farther than most people will.

Hiking Moderate, Difficult, Severe

Opal Hills
Opal Hills Photo: Wayne Hsieh


Jasper is one of Canada’s most popular national parks, so you may think the trails would be crowded. While it’s true that many trailheads swell with people during peak times, there are ways to avoid the crowds and find a peaceful time in nature. For most trails, arriving early in the morning is a good strategy. The other strategy is to simply hike beyond the crowds, farther than most people will go. Here are some of Jasper’s best long hikes, which can still be completed within a day. With proper fitness, you can leave the crowds behind and experience the lesser-visited highlights of Jasper National Park.

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