Skyline trail in a day

“The Skyline Trail” in Jasper is a premier backpacking trip. Arguably the best trail in the Canadian Rockies! But who needs to backpack it over two, three or four days when you can do it in just one!

It was a huge day of 44km but in hindsight it was easier than I had anticipated. My conditioning for big days is peaking thanks to lots of practice over the last few months.

Our group of four hiked it in the more common south to north direction starting at Maligne Lake. This way saved 500m of climbing. We made the distance in 14 hours, 7am to 9pm, sunrise to sunset, what a day!

It never felt like we were rushed for time either. We stopped to marvel at the landscapes often and took plenty of photos.

This spectacular trail even reminded me of trekking in Iceland by the way the scenery just kept changing constantly.

We even deviated off-trail for four hours while we scrambled up Mt Tekarra which proved more difficult than expected but so worth it.

Tekarra was a mountain that beat me back in early August when I gave it a shot but didn’t make it, time and weather stood in my way. So this was a day of redemption for me as well.

So far September has provided nothing but brilliant weather. The clouds that typified August just disappeared as soon as the 1st of the month ticked over. Let’s hope this weather lingers. It’s perfect!!!

The colours of fall are starting to pop up all around too – the greens of summer morphing into bold yellows, oranges and reds. Awesome. My first “real” autumn is underway.

These photos show snapshots of the day from beginning to end.

Meadows
From dense trees into sparse open sub-alpine meadows – perfect Grizzly territory.
A convenient stream to top up depleting water bottles.
A convenient stream to top up some depleting water bottles.
Up into alpine heights. Snow covered for most of the year, in summer a desert like landscape is unveiled.
Up into the alpine heights where we stayed for over 20km! Snow covered for most of the year, in summer a desert like landscape is unveiled. “The Notch” is ahead – the low point between the two mountains on the left.
Halfway point (22km) at the Notch. Laura, Grayden, Joel and I.
Halfway point (22km) at “The Notch”. Laura, Grayden, Joel and I. Feeling fresh.
View like these were everywhere
Commanding views like these were everywhere. In the background the aptly named “Watchtower” mountain overlooks the valley to keep everything in order.
Now my favourite mountain in the area, Tekarra is like a castle in the clouds.
Now my favourite mountain in the area, Tekarra (2693m) is like a castle in the clouds.
5pm
5pm on top of Tekarra.
Oh yeah!
Oh yeah! 9th summit of the year.
Descending a super steep scree gully on the north side of Tekarra.
Descending a super steep scree gully on the north side of Tekarra.
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3 thoughts on “Skyline trail in a day”

  1. You have a new style of blogging, with lots of one sentence paragraphs. Jealous of the 9 summits in a year. That’s so good.

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