Hike the Sulphur Skyline Trail

Sulphur Skyline Trail

Distance

5 Miles

Elevation Gain

2296.6 Feet

Activities

Photography, Backpacking, Hiking

Skill

Intermediate

Season

Summer

Type

Out-and-Back

Added by

Kim Morris

Bathrooms
Easy Parking
Food Nearby
Forest
Groups
Hot Springs
Picnic Area
Scenic
Wildlife

Bagging this peak comes with breathtaking views of the Fiddle Valley at the top and a well earned, muscle relaxing dip in the Miette Hot Springs at the bottom.

Take Highway 16 to Pocahontas. Turn onto the Miette Hot Springs Road (Pocahontas). Drive to the Miette Hot Springs parking area.

The trailhead is to the right and behind the hot springs building. Walk up the stairs to the hot springs and through the passenger drop off loop drive. Don't be confused with Cadomin or Utopia trailhead near the picnic area at the far end of the parking lot. There is a large herd of mountain goats that call the lot and picnic area their home. They are not afraid of people, but they are wild. Do not approach.

The beginning of the trail is paved but quickly breaks into a packed dirt path. Once on the dirt path, a constant climb up to Shuey Pass begins. Once at the pass, take a break in the meadow on a sub-alpine shelf before tackling the steepest part of the climb to the summit. The path to the summit is very steep and peppered with small, round rocks. You'll slip and slide a bit on the way up.

Once on top, the rocky outcroppings all across the summit are perfect for resting, lunching and taking in the marvelous panorama. The Fiddle Valley with its peaks, green swells and dips and endless skies are more than enough reward. But don't forget that hot springs await you at the bottom... More on that soon.

If you are lunching at the summit, keep an eye on your food. Golden-mantled squirrels will sneak off with your snacks before you realize it. I was visited by two squirrels who ran under my legs and onto my backpack. They began licking the hip belt to get the salt I left there when grinding out the summit. It was gross and cute at the same time.

Also keep an eye out on the weather. Afternoon thunderstorms are common. Stay below or move below the treeline if the weather looks threatening. Do not begin the hike if there is a potential for a storm.

When your eyes are full of the expansive views, begin the descent to the Miette Hot Springs. Watch your footing on the way down from the summit. The small rocks on the path are loose, and the path is steep. You can end up on your rear in a heartbeat.

At the bottom: Drop the backpack at the car. Pick up a towel, flip flops, swim suit and maybe some cash for a treat at the cafe. Those tired feet and sore muscles are about to feel a lot better!

Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures and follow local regulations.

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Very Enjoyable Trail

Awesome and moderately difficult hike that rewards you with stunning views of the snow capped peaks of the Canadian Rockies!

Windy with a view

This hike is definitely worth taking the time to do. It gives you an unbelievable view of the valley. It's definitely windy at the top though.

Spectacular Views!

I would rate this hike as a moderately difficult. It's easy to find at the back of the parking lot of the hot springs. There were a few other people that we saw on our way to the summit so I would recommend bringing bear spray and hiking with at least one other person. Definitely a lot more people on the summit. The summit gives you 360 degree views with a whole lot of wind! Very rewarding after the hike up. The last bit of the hike to the summit is rocky and steep. It can get a bit slippery so trekking poles would probably be useful if you're unsteady on your feet. I would highly recommend this hike.

Distance

5 Miles

Elevation Gain

2296.6 Feet

Activities

Photography, Backpacking, Hiking

Skill

Intermediate

Season

Summer

Type

Out-and-Back

Added by

Kim Morris

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