Guidebook

5 Days on the Brazeau Loop in Jasper NP

A trek deep into the Southern Ranges of Jasper National Park.

Description

The Brazeau Loop is a 4-5 day backcountry trek that begins from the Icefields Parkway. On the journey, you’ll cross multiple passes above timberline, camp at one of the park’s largest backcountry lakes, and walk many miles beside turquoise rivers among cool forest.

This trek doesn’t get the same attention as some others like Tonquin Valley or the Jasper Skyline, so you’re likely to share the trails and campgrounds with just a handful of fellow trekkers. The circuit can be completed in either direction, but it’s more common to go counterclockwise––so as to have more gradual elevation gain, and to save the trail’s magnificent highpoint (Jonas Shoulder) for the next-to-last day. More information and camping permits are available from Jasper’s Brazeau Backcountry Guide.

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
Brazeau Loop: Four Point to Brazeau Lake campground

Brazeau Loop: Four Point to Brazeau Lake campground

Jasper National Park
17.3 km
303 m
406 m
Day 2 on a typical itinerary for the Brazeau Loop.
Moderate
Private
Brazeau Loop: Brazeau Lake to Jonas Cutoff

Brazeau Loop: Brazeau Lake to Jonas Cutoff

Jasper National Park
15.2 km
659 m
372 m
Day 3 of the trek climbs steadily from the lake to camp in a high valley.
Moderate
Private
Brazeau Loop: Jonas Cutoff to Four Point Campground

Brazeau Loop: Jonas Cutoff to Four Point Campground

Jasper National Park
17.7 km
529 m
713 m
A difficult day that crosses the highest and most panoramic point of the circuit.
Difficult
Private