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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. 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