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GDT Alternate Route that descends from a high, above tree line area to run through the forest, passing small lakes.


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Map Key

14.7

Miles

23.7

KM

Point to Point

7,178' 2,188 m

High

3,416' 1,041 m

Low

627' 191 m

Up

4,389' 1,338 m

Down

6%

Avg Grade (4°)

32%

Max Grade (17°)

Dogs No Dogs

Features Commonly Backpacked · Lake · Views · Wildlife

Need to Know

Resources regularly updated with the latest conditions and other information are:
- GDTA website www.greatdividetrail.com
- Dustin Lynx book "Hiking Canada's Great Divide Trail"
- Dustin Lynx's Guidebook Topo Map Set
- GDT App
- Gem Trek maps

The route shown here deviates very slightly from that shown in the resources above to pass more scenic lakes around Valley of the Five Lakes Trail. Specifically, it leaves Trail #9, and instead takes Trail #9b and Trail #9a, and then rejoins Trail #9.

Description

Great Divide Trail - Section E (Saskatchewan Crossing to Jasper) Alternate Route.

This Alternate Route bypasses a high area along the popular Skyline Trail, by descending into the forest and passing a few small lakes on its way into Jasper. Typical reasons to take this Alternate Route include poor weather, no trail camp availability on the popular Skyline Trail, and shorter highway/trailhead access. Runs on maintained trails.

Please see the resources listed above under Need to Know for up to date detailed descriptions and valuable hiker information.

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Shared By:

Joan Pendleton

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Photos

Mount Edith Cavell in the far distance (left center), Whistlers Summit on the right, with the mighty Athabasca River far below the Old Fort Point Loop trail.
Jul 31, 2019 near Jasper…, AB
First Lake, one of five turquoise and blue green lakes visited by Valley of the Five Lakes Trail, is seen through the fir forest here.
Sep 9, 2018 near Jasper…, AB

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