Guidebook

Long Day Hikes to Ditch the Crowds in Jasper NP

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

Description

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.

Indian Ridge
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Indian Ridge

Jasper National Park
3 - 4 hrs
9.6 km
755 m
755 m
An airy ridgeline with some steep scrambling to a wild summit, reached by extending the hike from Whistlers Peak.
Severe
Private
Verdant Pass
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Verdant Pass

Jasper National Park
4 - 5 hrs
18.6 km
688 m
688 m
High meadows beneath twin cirques on Mount Edith Cavell’s lesser-seen backside.
Difficult
Private
Geraldine Lakes
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Geraldine Lakes

Jasper National Park
3 - 4 hrs
11.5 km
591 m
590 m
Long day hike or backpacking trip in one of Jasper's lesser-visited valleys.
Difficult
Private
Brazeau Loop: Nigel Creek to Four Point campground
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Brazeau Loop: Nigel Creek to Four Point campground

Jasper National Park
3 - 4 hrs
13.7 km
450 m
403 m
The first (and also the final) leg of the Brazeau Loop trek, climbing over a high pass and tracing a river from its headwaters.
Difficult
Private
Opal Hills Loop
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Opal Hills Loop

Jasper National Park
2 - 3 hrs
8.9 km
549 m
549 m
A hike into a colorful subalpine valley beginning from Maligne Lake.
Moderate
Private