Brazeau Loop: Brazeau Lake to Jonas Cutoff

Jasper National Park

Day 3 of the trek climbs steadily from the lake to camp in a high valley.

Hiking Moderate

Distance
15 km
Ascent
659 m
Descent
372 m
Duration
4-5 hrs
Low Point
1.8 km
High Point
2.3 km
Gradient
10˚
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Brazeau Loop: Brazeau Lake to Jonas Cutoff Map

Description

This day is almost all uphill, but a gradual climb for the most part. From Brazeau Lake, the trail leaves the shoreline and takes a wide berth around the lake’s southern end. It’s all in the forest, but you’ll catch occasional, elevated views while hiking the ridge above the lake. You’ll cross the ravine of John-John Creek on a footbridge, then begin the long walk up a valley. It’s mellow for much of the way, but steepens in a climb above treeline. Then you’ll cross a subalpine pass which is thick with berry bushes and soaked in views of surrounding peaks.

There is a campground part-way up this valley, called John-John, but most trekkers choose to finish the day at Jonas Cutoff camp, which is over the pass and down, at the end of the route mapped here. Located in a pocket beneath the pass and huge summits, this camp is beautiful, but bound to be cold at night. Try to sleep warm and save energy for the next day’s hike over Jonas Shoulder.

Sources: https://www.pc.gc.ca/en/pn-np/ab/jasper/activ/passez-stay/arrierepays-backcountry/sugg-sentierstrip-ideas/Brazeau https://theridgelinereport.com/the-brazeau-loop/ https://simplestoke.com/2019/09/12/magical-days-on-the-brazeau-loop/

Difficulty

Moderate

Hiking along trails with some uneven terrain and small hills. Small rocks and roots may be present.

Medium Exposure

2 out of 4

The trail contains some obstacles such as outcroppings and rock which could cause injury.

Remoteness

3 out of 4

Little chance of being seen or helped in case of an accident.

Best time to visit

June, July, August, September

Features

  • Wildlife
  • Picturesque
  • Wild flowers
  • Water features
  • Forestry or heavy vegetation

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