2 days of hiking Banff’s northern neighbor.
Jasper National Park
At the end of July and beginning of August, Courtny and I spent a week in the Canadian Rockies with 2 of our friends. While the incredible Banff National Park was on our list, we decided to start our trip with some hiking in the much larger, yet less-visited, Jasper National Park.
Our first hike was a 6-hour out-and-back trek along the Indian Ridge. The hike starts at the top of the Jasper Skytram, which means you spend the whole time above the tree line. The result? Stunning views and truly unique landscapes.
After 3 false summits, it was time to push to the top!
The final scramble
View from the top! Totally worth the grueling hike to get there.
The return trip is just as gorgeous
Our 2nd hike of the trip wasn’t quite the grind that Indian Ridge was. Sulphur Skyline is located right next to Miette Hot Springs, which is where we were staying during our time in Jasper. The climb doesn’t offer much in terms of views, but we stayed at the top for over an hour taking in the amazing scenery! Once you’re done, take a dip in the hot springs to relax those leg muscles!
Jasper National Park is one of the premiere places in all of Canada to spot wildlife. After Sulphur Skyline, we spent much of the day just driving around and observing the animals. We spotted plenty of elk, and even got lucky enough to see a momma grizzly (above) and her 2 cubs.
Always shoot from a safe distance. I used my Pentax K1 with a 450mm lens to photograph these animals.
“Mom, hurry up!” -this cub, probably
2 days in Jasper National Park is simply not enough! We wish we could have stayed for at least a full week, but it was time to hit the Icefields Parkway and head down to Yoho and Banff National Parks. During your time in Jasper, I would absolutely recommend Miette Hot Springs Bungalows. And, for dinner, do yourself a favor and take at least 1 night to eat at Agni in town. It is perfect after a day of hiking!
- Phil Navatsyk & Courtny Jodon
Thanks for reading our #epixtrip entry! As always, feel free to ask any questions about our adventures in the comments 😃