This is a fantastic multi day trip that starts around the Columbia Icefields Centre.
The trail is moderate in difficulty, however, the distance is what makes it difficult. There are two river fords on this trip; however, one river you must ford twice. The first river is maybe ankle deep (I would imagine much deeper in spring runoff), however the second river is something to contend with, as it runs almost waist deep if you arrive later in the day.
All things considered, you won't meet many people on this trail, and it's definately one of the better trails I've ever done. The trail is in Great condition the whole way, except along the second river ford, where things get a little confusing, but the trail is easily enough picked up afterwards, and you're back to the fun hiking.
There are three passes on this trail, but only the Jonas shoulder is trying. The Jonas shoulder is the culmination of a very long alpine day with a valley and glaciers that will knock your socks off! It's well worth the trip.
The trailhead is technically in Banff, about 8km South of the Banff/Jasper Park Boundary opposite Parker Ridge. If coming from the south, the parking lot is at the top of the highway switchbacks climbing up from the Sunwapta River. The parking lot is marked with a map at the trailhead and is the trail to Nigel Creek/Pass.
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Posted By: SpecialK2458
- Tue Aug 22 15:33:05 UTC 2017
QuestionJust curious how many days people typically complete this in?
I am planning end of September, or for next year.
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Posted By: Jaegermiester7
- Wed Sep 07 18:02:12 UTC 2016
QuestionHi, I am thinking of hiking this trail the last week of September (29th-Oct3) and am curious if anyone has done this trail that late in the season, and if there are any rivers/areas that need special consideration this late in the year.
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Posted By: The Prairie Walker
- Wed Jan 28 02:41:48 UTC 2015
Upside- 3 passes - alpine meadows/wildflowers - The "grand" open views that come with the passes and meadows - The 19km of alpine meadow you hike through in Jonas pass/shoulder. Downside- A long and rather uninteresting slog between Four point Comment- Hike it counter clockwise. You will get the long slog between Four Point and the Brazeau River/Lake campgrounds done on the second day. To do the loop clockwise is also rather anti-climactic. Hiking the 20km slog in the trees would be a bit of a downer if you already came through Jonas and Poboktan.
- This loop's best quality really is the vast openness. If you are lucky you might even see the elusive caribou herd
- Sure the trail is long, but you wont even be thinking about distance. Sometime you hike to get somewhere, and sometimes you hike to "hike". This loop evokes the latter.
Posted By: barrygut
- Sat Jun 28 14:40:57 UTC 2014
QuestionI am a party of 4-7 people interested in doing the brazeau loop from August 7-11 with one horse for carrying equipment and one guide. Could anyone recommend a person or company to contact?ANSWERS are in this forum: brazeau loop with horse support
Posted By: LukasFraser
- Tue Jun 18 20:49:39 UTC 2013
QuestionHi I have no vehicle and was hoping to hike this trail, I was just wondering if there's a bus, shuttle, bike rental place or any sort of way to get there from Jasper or another nearby town.
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Posted By: davenash23
- Sat Dec 29 07:37:29 UTC 2012
It says I can download the gps data, but the gps track map on the website is not showing any more than a waypoint in rocky mountain house.
Is there a gps track of the route? or multiple waypoints? or nothing at all?
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