The Evelyn Creek Loop trail in Jasper National Park should only be attempted in the clockwise direction described here by competent skiers who love zipping down narrow winding trails at high speed. Intermediate skiers with a solid snowplow could pull it off in the counter-clockwise direction.
Cross the paved road above the parking lot and head up the gated fire road (aka: Bald Hills Trail) for 3.2km to an unsigned junction on the right.
Turn right and within 500m the fun begins. (Better make sure your pockets are zipped up, I've never made it down without falling.) At the 5.2km mark you'll reach the junction with the Skyline Trail at the Evelyn Creek Bridge. Just across the bridge is Evelyn Creek c/g, a wonderful spot to have a picnic lunch.
Turn right and continue along a fairly level stretch of trail for just over a kilometre to where the downhill run resumes. Scream down the hill to the Mona Lake junction, 200m off to the left. Climb over a ridge and pick up speed again as you pass the junction with the Lorraine Lake Loop on the right. Hold on tight as the winding trail loses 90m of elevation in the last 2km.
Parks Canada produces a trail guide of this and all other x-c ski trails in the Park called 'Winter Trails', which is available for free from the Jasper Information Centre in the town of Jasper.
Submitted by 'mtncat'.
From the town of Jasper drive east for 2km on Hwy 16 and turn right on the Maligne Lake Road. Cross the bridge follow the Maligne Lake Road for 47km and park at roads end.
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