The "grand tour" of the southern ranges, this circuit includes one of the Jaspers largest backcountry lakes, two passes and an extraordinary alpine traverse with glaciated peaks, lush wildflowers and a variety of wildlife.

Statistics

1

day +

2,254

m

2,251

m

7

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Difficulty

FATMAP difficulty grade

Difficult

Description

Starting at the Nigel Pass trailhead in northern Banff National Park, the trail follows Nigel Creek, gradually climbing to Nigel Pass and the boundary with Jasper National Park (7 km).

Along the way, the trail passes historic Camp Parker, marked by historic tree carvings.

Please leave natural and cultural objects and sites as you find them.

After the pass, ford the upper reaches of the Brazeau River, and turn left towards Boulder Creek campground.

The unmaintained trail to the right leads to the White Goat Wilderness Area. Past Boulder Creek you arrive at Four Point and the Jonas Shoulder junction.

Turn left to head up to Jonas Shoulder or go straight to continue to Brazeau Lake.

Both are very rewarding but make for quite long days.

Heading to the lake first is more popular because there is less elevation gain.

Both Jonas Cutoff and Brazeau Lake Campgrounds are good base camps for day trips.

If you want to spend an extra day somewhere, either of these sites would be a good choice.