Brazeau Loop: Jonas Cutoff to Four Point Campground

Jasper National Park

A difficult day that crosses the highest and most panoramic point of the circuit.

Hiking Difficult

Distance
18 km
Ascent
529 m
Descent
713 m
Duration
4-5 hrs
Low Point
1.9 km
High Point
2.5 km
Gradient
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Brazeau Loop: Jonas Cutoff to Four Point Campground Map

Description

This is the toughest day of the Brazeau Loop, no matter which direction it’s hiked. Most trekkers hike the circuit counter-clockwise, making this the 4th day on a 5-day itinerary. In this direction, the day begins at Jonus Cutoff, which is already high enough to be near the timberline. But it’s up and up some more to reach the highest point on the Brazeau Loop. Jonas Shoulder, sometimes called Jonas Pass, is a high-elevation saddle between two sweeping glacial valleys. The hiking is not only steep, but also tricky on rock-strewn slopes. In early or late season you may encounter snow. When you can look up from your feet, though, you’ll see the views are worth the work.

After crossing over the shoulder, you’ll descend through similar terrain with equally impressive views into the adjacent valley. Once beneath the talus slopes, it’s an easier path through grassy meadows, along a trickling stream and beside small ponds. The openness lasts quite a while before the trail re-enters the forest and continues to Four Point. On a 5-day trek, that is the end of day 4, and day 5 retraces the route of day 1 back to Nigel Creek Trailhead.

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

Difficult

Hiking trails where obstacles such as rocks or roots are prevalent. Some obstacles can require care to step over or around. At times, the trail can be worn and eroded. The grade of the trail is generally quite steep, and can often lead to strenuous hiking.

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

  • Alpine
  • Wildlife
  • Picturesque
  • Wild flowers
  • Water features

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