Summit Lakes

Jasper National Park

Mellow ride through the forest to a scenic lake, with the option for a tough ride or easy hike extension to another lake.

Mountain Biking Easy

Distance
9.4 km
Ascent
170 m
Descent
170 m
Low Point
1.4 km
High Point
1.5 km
Gradient
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Summit Lakes Map

Description

The trail to Summit Lakes follows an old fire road, and is not very steep, making an easy and pleasant bike ride through the forest. It’s best in mid to late summer when the track has had a chance to dry out, though some sections will always be muddy. Along the way you’ll pass Beaver Lake, which grants some views to the mountains above. Upon emerging at First Summit Lake, you’ll have a very nice view over the grassy lakeshore, the water, and an arc of peaks beyond.

The trail along Summit Lakes and on to Jacques Lake remains open to bikes, but turns much more difficult because it leaves the road grade and turns into singletrack that’s not maintained for riding. Advanced riders may want to continue to Jacques Lake, but most choose to turn around at First Summit Lake. Alternatively, you can make this a multi-sport outing by locking your bike and hiking the roughly 16km return trip to Jacques Lake.

Sources: https://www.pc.gc.ca/en/pn-np/ab/jasper/activ/passez-stay/arrierepays-backcountry/sugg-sentierstrip-ideas/Jacques

Difficulty

Easy

Mostly smooth and non-technical singletrack with unavoidable obstacles 2in/5cm tall or less. Avoidable obstacles may be present. Ideal for beginner riders.

Low Exposure

1 out of 4

The path is on completely flat land and potential injury is limited to falling over.

Remoteness

2 out of 4

Away from help but easily accessed.

Best time to visit

June, July, August, September, October

Features

  • In the forest
  • Roots

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