The Skyline Trail in Jasper National Park is a spectacular backpacking destination in the Canadian Rockies. Of the 44 km of trail, nearly two thirds of the route is above treeline. You can expect sweeping mountain views in all directions, beautiful glacial lakes, and wind-swept ridges for miles. The trail climbs over three mountain passes along a moderately graded path. You’ll encounter diverse flora and fauna (and a beautiful wildflower display in August), as well as vast meadows great for wildlife entions and other pieces of content that don’t fit into a shorter, more succinct space.
In general, July through September is the best time to hike the Skyline Trail. Snowpack is a key factor for trip planning in this area, as snow can linger on the passes, especially the Notch, until late in the year. Rain and snow can fall at any time of year and freezing temperatures are possible, even in summer months.
As always, be prepared and diligent monitoring current conditions before your trek. Weather can change quickly . Before heading out, check the Jasper National Park trail report for up-to-date conditions at www.pc.gc.ca/jaspertrails.
Below are the distances of each campsite from Maligne Lake.
Water is plentiful along this trail and easily accessible from small streams. Carry enough water to get from one source to the next and use a lightweight water purifier. Every campsite along this trail has nearby running water.