Whistlers Summit Trail

Jasper National Park

The tram only takes you so far–this trail goes to the summit of Whistlers Peak

Hiking Moderate

Distance
2.6 km
Ascent
198 m
Descent
198 m
Duration
0-1 hrs
Low Point
2.3 km
High Point
2.5 km
Gradient
12˚
Whistlers Summit Trail Map

This is the short hike that reaches Whistlers Peak, beginning from the Summit Restaurant at the top of the tram. If you ride the Jasper SkyTram but don’t hike to the real summit, you are missing out on the full experience! It’s a moderate uphill on a well-defined trail, in a dramatic alpine setting far above treeline, with a horizon of mountains in all directions. Don’t forget to look around for marmots, and listen for their characteristic whistle. Lots of them live among the rock-strewn slopes.

Description

At this elevation, snow lingers into the summer, so you may have to walk through some. This is generally not a problem because so many people track the trail, but in the early season (March-May), you may have to trudge through quite a lot, and snowshoes are recommended. Also, keep in mind that at any time of year, the mountain is subject to extreme weather. Use good judgment and don’t hike if conditions are unsafe.

Source: https://www.pc.gc.ca/en/pn-np/ab/jasper/activ/activ-experience/sentiers-trails/ouest-west

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

2 out of 4

Away from help but easily accessed.

Best time to visit

March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October

Features

  • Alpine
  • Wildlife
  • Picturesque
  • Summit Hike
  • Family friendly

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