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The Best Backpacking in Improvement District No. 12

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Top backpacking spots in and near Improvement District No. 12

  • Improvement District No. 12, Alberta

    Hike to Wilcox Pass

    5.0
    7.45 mi / 1100 ft gain
    Views of the Columbia Icefield from the Icefields Parkway pale in comparison with those achieved along this trail. Few trails anywhere are so instantly and extravagantly gratifying. That being said, be prepared to share the trail with a dozen other hikers as this premier scenery is no secret.Begi...
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  • Saskatchewan River Crossing, Alberta

    Backpack to Michelle Lakes

    5.0
    11.2 mi / 7545.9 ft gain
    Trailhead Owen Creek located by the East Banff National Park Boundary on the David Thompson Highway (#11). There is no sign for Owen Creek so keep you eyes open for a pullout approximately 2kms east of the Banff National Park toll gate. You will find the trail to the right of the creek when facin...
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  • Clearwater County, Alberta

    Mount Cline

    4.0
    14.56 mi / 6535 ft gain
    Starting 105 miles (169kms) from Rocky Mountain House, the trailhead for this hike begins across the highway from Thompson Creek Campground. There is a grassy area to park and the path extends obviously on the east side of the creek. The initial 2.5 miles (4.2kms) meanders along the creek with 2...
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  • Jasper, Alberta

    Snowshoe to Big Bend Campground

    10.9 mi
    The Big Bend Trail is the first part of the greater Fortress Lake trail system. Situated in Jasper National Park, Canada, this hike is extremely quiet during the winter, so if you're looking for seclusion, this winter trail is for you. The trail is transformed into a wonderland during the winter ...
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  • Clearwater County, Alberta

    Backpack the Vision Quest Trail

    4.2
    This short, but steep hike includes a moderate scrambling section, leading to an open spine that becomes increasingly difficult. The views of Abraham Lake are well worth the uphill grind, however, and this makes for a great half-day or beautiful backcountry overnight trip. About one third of the ...
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  • Improvement District No. 12, Alberta

    Backpack the Skyline Trail

    4.0
    28 mi
    This hike can be done from either end, but the most popular route is starting from south side (Malign Lake trailhead), and I would recommend starting it from this trailhead to avoid a long climb up the fire road at the other trailhead. If you don't have a car, you can take the Malign Shuttle from...
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  • Jasper, Alberta

    Hike to Geraldine Lakes

    7.7 mi / 1340 ft gain
    Geraldine Lakes is one of the more physically demanding half-day/day trails in Jasper National Park. However, this hike rewards you with everything that makes the Canadian Rockies wonderful, with views of pristine lakes, cascading waterfalls, and mountain vistas.The first 1.8km to Lower Geraldine...
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  • Improvement District No. 12, Alberta

    Snowshoe to Jaques Lake Campground

    16.2 mi / 147.6 ft gain
    The Jacques Lake trail is one of the best winter trails in Jasper National Park and allows for various activities including snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, and camping. The trip to Jacques lake is 13km one-way through a narrow mountain valley and can be quite a strenuous, but rewarding hike in...
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