Sunrise at the Lloyd MacKay Hut, Jasper National ParkRampartsHelen LakeHiking Below Cataract PassSouth Boundary Trail

Recommended Adventures

You do not have to spend a month to reach some fantastic views in the Canadian Rockies.  There are plenty of areas and places where a day or even an afternoon can take you away from the hustle and bustle of the city to open air and open skies.

Oldhorn Mountain near Maccarib Pass in Jasper National Park


Far reaching views from Nigel Pass in Jasper National Park.

See below for examples of great day hikes in the Canadian Rockies.  Hikes range in difficulty and length and trip itinerary can be tailored to your specific goals, skill, and schedule.


Hiking in the Mountain National Parks

The largest and least travelled of the Mountain National Parks, Jasper National Park is home to a wide range of ecological regions, woodland critters tall and small, and also Starry Summit guide Ben Nearingburg's home base.  Jasper National Park has many options for hiking from remote week long traverses to afternoon alpine strolls.  The typical hiking season in Jasper is between June to late September.  Check out the list below for some of the great areas to discover in Jasper.

For information on accommodations, travel and route conditions be sure to visit Jasper National Park's and the Tourism Jasper's websites.


Views from the campground on the third Geraldine Lake in Jasper National Park

Recommended Adventures:

Day Trips:

  •  Jasper National Park Day Hikes , 1 Day


​Difficulty Ratings Explained:

 Easy trips with short days and good trails.     

 Moderate trips with more aggressive terrain and more distance to cover.

 Advanced trips with extensive travel on rugged trails, may include creek crossings.  Expect long days.

Trip Length:

  • Daytrip, Can be completed round-trip in a single day from the parking area.
  • Backpacking, A multi-day (2+) adventure sleeping in tents or backcountry huts.


When travelling in the Rockies you can experience all four seasons in a trip (or even a single afternoon!).  It is highly recommended that guests bring clothing that can be layered to allow for changing conditions.  Cotton clothing is not well-suited to hiking in the Rockies.  Coming prepared with appropriate clothing and gear will make your trip much more enjoyable! 

Recommended clothing includes:

  • Sturdy hiking boots
  • Hat or toque
  • Light synthetic shirt
  • Hiking pants or shorts
  • Waterproof-breathable jacket
  • Waterproof-breathable pants
  • Light mitts or gloves
  • Comfortable hiking socks

Recommended gear includes:

  • Trekking pole/poles
  • Small backpack (20 - 30 L) for storing personal gear and clothing
  • Backpack rain cover
  • Camera
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Water bottle
  • Headlamp

​Each trip has a specific list of recommended clothing and equipment.  If you have any questions, Contact Us.