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Skyline Trail end of April/early May
posted by: rmurawsk   email this member
Posted Wednesday, Apr 3 at 6:00 PM
Wed, Apr 3 at 06:00 PM
Regarding trail Skyline Trail near Jasper, AB

http://www.trailpeak.com/index.jsp?con=trail&val=1515

Hello,

I was wondering if anyone has completed the Skyline Trail in late April/ early May? We were looking into bringing snowshoes and ice cleats!

Or if hiking this trail is even possible that early in the season?

Thanks in advance!


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trails page for loafydoodRe: Skyline Trail end of April/early May
loafydood  email this member
Posted Wednesday, Apr 3 at 6:18 PM
Wed, Apr 3 at 06:18 PM
Regarding trail Skyline Trail near Jasper, AB

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< BR>It's doable but I would highly highly suggest having avalanche training. Spring is not the season to be messing around in the backcountry unless you have formal avalanche training and quite of a bit of experience. Moreover, I don't know if you can even book campgrounds during April/May.


trails page for KaNaDiaNRe: Skyline Trail end of April/early May
KaNaDiaN  email this member
Posted Thursday, Apr 4 at 2:12 PM
Thu, Apr 4 at 02:12 PM
Regarding trail Skyline Trail near Jasper, AB

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< BR>You can reserve sites in the back country for April/May but the majority of the trail will still have snow cover at that time and the passes will be heavily snowed in still. The Notch and the ridgeline afterwards will be hazardous as its well above 8,000 feet and usually isn't clear until July and even then there is still large patches of snow in that pass in August.
Avalanche gear and training is highly recommended as is a means of contacting emergency services (SAT phone) would be a really good idea as well as the only cellphone reception is at the Notch.

Cheers



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