Sulphur Skyline Trail
Sulphur Skyline Trail
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  • Mimi C
    Toronto, Canada6 contributions
    Steady uphill hiking -flat- no exposure
    You can make this hike easy by going slow or challenging by running. Great for small kids who want a challenge . It’s flat steady and uphill with a great reward at the peak. Some snow but not additional gear needed as its melting
    Written May 30, 2021
  • Brittany
    Winnipeg, Canada3,247 contributions
    Gorgeous Hike with Stunning Summit Views!
    I hiked Sulphur Skyline on July 27, 2021. My FitBit recorded 9 km total. The trail starts off by following a paved section of the path and then transitions to gravel. It’s a steady uphill climb the entire way there. Most of the trail up leads through forest along endless steep switchbacks and then it begins to open up to some lovely views of the valley and mountains. It was definitely a leg burner and a test of endurance! Once you get above the tree line, there is a flat grassy area at the false summit with amazing views and some wooden benches before the final 400 metre push to the summit. This is the most difficult section along a rocky and exposed area, and it was super challenging! The panoramic views from the summit were breathtaking and worth the effort to get there! I spent a good half hour just admiring the views and taking photos. Incredible feeling to be at the same height as some other mountains around you. The hike down is a bit tricky along the rocky exposed section from the summit, so watch your step. Hiking poles are super helpful for stability. Overall, this is an amazing hike. Definitely a favourite in Jasper!
    Written August 5, 2021
  • Tigerman777
    920 contributions
    STUPENDOUS SULPHUR SKYLINE!!!!!
    What a beautiful ride from Jasper to Miette it is, with amazing views of the mountains!!! When I got to the parking lot for the Hot Springs at the end of the road, I wasn't sure where the trailhead is, but found it to the right of the building for the Springs. I got there about 8:00am and it was pretty quiet, at least compared to many other attractions I visited on my trip. The hike is fairly steep, but not too bad for me. It took about one hour fifteen minutes to get to the summit. At almost 50 years old, I had no problems with the hike. You start on a paved trail, then it turns into gravel, which brings you through mostly forest, giving you decent glimpses of the mountains. At the end, the trail gets quite steep. At the top, the views are AWESOME!!!! 360 degree views are GREAT, with magnificent views of Fiddle River, Utopia Mountain and Ashlar Ridge (kind of reminds me a little of the back of a stegosaurus, with the armor plates, but of course, the ridge is connected). The mountains are multicolored due to mineral deposits in the rock. The whole hike took about three and a half hours, including an hour at the peak. Suggestions: 1)It may be a good idea to bring hiking poles, especially for the peak. When I was there, the winds were more than 50 mph, meaning I used my hiking poles to lean on when a sudden gust blew. It can be dangerous up there. 2)It is best to go in the morning because in the afternoon there can be a major threat of bad storms suddenly appearing. When I was at the restaurant about 3:00pm after soaking in the Miette Hot Springs for a good while, clouds suddenly appeared and it rained on top. This can be extremely dangerous. It's usually a good idea to be off the mountain before 2:00pm, although that doesn't mean every day it will rain, but clouds accumulate normally in the afternoon. Please keep a close eye on the weather. 3) The Miette Hot Springs is a very very nice place to soak in after your hike. It's very reasonably priced as well. 4) The Miette Resort Restaurant is very nice too, with great food and outdoor seating. The prices aren't all that bad either. Great ice cream👍👍. In conclusion, this is one of the best hikes in the Canadian Rockies, namely due to its uniqueness!!!!!! You MUST go if you can go on a fairly, but not too challenging of a hike!!!! You'll feel a great reward at the end of the day😀. Thanks for reading. If you feel this review has helped you, it would be appreciated if you would tap the 👍button below. Thank you.
    Traveled solo
    Written December 4, 2017
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krp329
Jasper, Canada31,299 contributions
This is one of those hikes that I make sure to do every season. It IS a bit strenuous, with lots of elevation gain and you must bring plenty of water, as there is no water along the way (assuming you have a pump or water filter - you should not drink untreated water even from pristine-looking streams). It takes about two hours up and one hour down. I almost always see mule deer in the "pass" below the final ascent to the top of the ridge, and have seen ptarmigan a few times too. An interesting note about the large and very bright white boulder before the final ascent - it is a glacial erratic, dropped there during the last ice age. It can be very windy at the top, so be prepared with extra layers, as you will want to linger to enjoy the view!
Written August 10, 2005
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JohnAnnColumbia_MD
Columbia, MD1,706 contributions
Sep 2016 • Solo
Can’t say enough about this rewarding hike – one of the most memorable of our trip.
Directions: Take the Yellowhead highway, AB-16, about 24 miles north of Jasper. Turn right onto Miette Hot Springs Rd. and drive about 10 miles to the springs parking lot located on the left just after the resort buildings. It’s about a 40 minute drive. Walk around to the right of the Hot Springs building and keep walking to the right toward the paved path marked by the large trail head sign.
The trail is moderately steep most of the way with good switchbacks up the last half. At the flat spot (good for lunch) just about 15 minutes below the summit the last short portion of trail becomes exposed, very gravely and very steep to climb. Persevere and you will be rewarded with major vistas at the top. I saw a good sized Ptarmigan on the way down, see photos.
Round trip hike took 4 hours and 21 min.s including ½ hr for lunch, ½ hour at the top and many photo stops along the way. Boots and hiking poles recommended.
Back at Miette Hot Springs I paid about C$10 for admission, swim suit & towel rental and spent a delightful 15 min. soaking in the thermal pools.
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Written October 29, 2016
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Brian R
Vancouver, Canada72 contributions
Oct 2013 • Friends
Just so you know what kind of hiker is making this review: I am a transit driver on the coast (at sea level). A serious hiker I am not. So for people of average fitness HERE are the real goods. Reading the first part of this review, this hike isn't going to seem like a good idea but read on, oh adventurous one, read on to the end.

The hike is about 4.5 kilometres, roughly 2.8 miles each way. It took me about 2 1/2 hours to hike up to the first summit and about 1 1/4 hours to come back down again. It was too windy and too cold (and I was too tired) to climb up to the very top of the trail. Don't worry, the first summit still is a great vantage point.

Over that distance, the elevation gain is about 700 metres over a 4,600 metre distance travelled so it is quite steep: an average of 15%. The trail is well maintained but there is a little loose gravel in spots so coming down can be a little challenging as you can step down and slide a bit.

Beware of the weather. So long as you're in the trees you're protected from the wind but as soon as you emerge from the trees into the alpine region (where almost nothing can survive the weather- that's why there are no trees) you are vulnerable to wind. It can be quite chilly. So dress in layers. Be prepared to take layers off, only to put them on again.

That's all the down side and don't let any of it dissuade you. Take your time. Rest when you're tired. The hike is worth it because the view at the top is amazing.

The mountains and cliffs surrounding the Fiddle River are not the highest so looking down from your vantage point is an exhilarating experience. And while viewing up the valley you've just hiked is wonder, the real wonder is what you see over the other side of the mountain to the south.

The day I was there, I watched the storms pass across the valley below, sometimes shrouding the mountains and then sometimes allowing the sun to break through. It felt like I was looking across to the land of the Elves in Lord of the Rings.

So it is well worthwhile. And the best part is that once you've finished, there are hot springs- not some piddly little hot tub, but real natural hot springs- to soak your weary muscles.

Plan on 4 - 5 hours if you are not a frequent hiker. The sense of achievement will be great. The reward at the hot springs will be exquisite.
Written October 4, 2013
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Ginimp
Province of Guipuzcoa, Spain20 contributions
Aug 2017 • Couples
Absolutely amazing hike! Stunning views and beautiful scenery thought-out the entire walk! I don't do regular hikes and wouldn't say my fitness was fantastic but I found it an alright incline, it was tiring but nothing unmanageable, just remember to take plenty of water. For the most part you are walking in a wooded area so the hike is pretty shaded. The route is pretty well used can be busy the later you go, we started around 9am.

Once you are out of the wooded area there are a few benches for picnics and a rest, the ground is slightly more unsteady on the climb to the skyline summit, I wore trainers and was fine.

The views are incredible at the summit, I would really really recommend this hike!

To complete the walk you can head to the hot springs which are greaaaaat!

10/10
Written September 29, 2017
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Suydam
Grand Rapids, MI369 contributions
Aug 2017 • Family
This hike is not particularly difficult though it does climb rapidly at the end.
When you get to the stone that appears to mark the "top" be sure to keep going up the bald hill for the real 360-degree view.

The view was a highlight of our trip for me. We absolutely loved this hike and the views.

We were 2 families with kids 9,10,12,12 on the hike. The kids had no trouble completing the climb, including the "goat path" final push to the summit.

Doing this hike in the late afternoon allows the sun to hit the hills "just right." It was early August, we hiked at 4:30pm and were rewarded with stellar views. We ate dinner at 8pm at the pizza-greek place down the hill past the hot springs parking lot.
Written August 16, 2017
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TallDad
Edmonton, Canada57 contributions
Jul 2016 • Family
This is my favourite half-day hike in the Canadian Rockies—and I’ve done a lot of them. It’s perfect for determined youngsters, active seniors, and everyone in between. Less experienced hikers may find the climb a bit arduous (the 700 m elevation gain makes it feel at times like a 90-minute stairmaster) but the payoff-to-effort ratio is unsurpassed. As long as you bring food, plus plenty of water (there’s none on the trail), you’ll be just fine. Best of all, the return trip (about 4.5 km one way) is all downhill, with a hot springs soak awaiting you at the bottom.

The hike starts with a steady climb through a forested valley for about 2.5 km, before branching right at a (well marked) T-intersection. Then, as you head up a long series of switchbacks, with benches thoughtfully placed along the way, the views get ever more spectacular. A lovely meadow, dominated by a huge white boulder (call it a “glacial erratic” to impress your companions) provides a great spot to rest up for the final push to the summit. There you’ll find yourself at one of the most breathtaking picnic spots on the planet, with the amazing Ashlar Ridge stretching far to the west, and a dizzying visual plunge down to the Fiddle River valley to the east. Feel free to thank me later.
Written August 28, 2016
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Wojtek K
Brussels, Belgium52 contributions
Aug 2013 • Couples
This hike has a considerable elevation gain (some 700 m), but it is relatively straightforward and very rewarding for the views that await at the top. It can be done in 3 hours. Best experience it early morning, when there is a better chance of clear skies and uninstructed panorama. The added bonus is that the earlier you go, the fewer people there will be. It gets pretty crowded after 10 am. We got to the top at 9:30 and were the only people there and we saw some wildlife. We felt we were on top of the world.
Once you get down, don't miss a dip in the Miette hot springs at the trailhead - a perfect culmination of this half-day adventure
Written August 13, 2013
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Kareena S.
Sidney, Canada42 contributions
Jun 2018
In 1977, I first experienced Sulphur Skyline Trail. After a move to Edmonton AB, we started going to Jasper. It was (and still is) the most amazing day hike in Jasper National Park. We did it several times until we moved back to Manitoba in 1982. In 2007, after splitting up with my husband, a close older friend of mine told me that I could start camping and hiking by myself in Jasper. She herself had climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro, when she was 65.

I drove out from Winnipeg and although I wasn't in the best of shape, I camped and hiked for 7 days. I built up to doing Sulphur Skyline on my last day. It is important to start before noon as the hike can take up to 4 hours. It also leaves enough time for the Hot Springs at the end of the hike to soothe the muscles.

I remember thinking as I began to switch back, that the mountain on my left side looked very steep. In actual fact, you go higher than the mountain on my left. I have some arthritis but with two poles, made it up and down in 4 hours. It is an amazing hike as she see everything as you switchback. There are even benches to rest. In the summer, it can get quite hot as you are in the sun the entire time. Bring plenty of water! The scree is harder to negotiate than the 70's as the trail is not as well marked. But once you get to the top, it is magnificent as you can survey the mountains all around you. Roche Miette is especially spectacular.

Remember to bring a light jacket and pants for the top, as it can be quite cool and the wind can be strong. As I looked at the Hot Springs from where I had come, it was a proud moment to be able to complete the hike at age 55. I came back and hiked and camped for the next 3 years and always hiked Sulphur Skyline. Another great hike is the Edith Cavell meadows hike.
Written December 5, 2018
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Ais
Vancouver, Canada98 contributions
Apr 2018 • Couples
We LOVE this hike, but be prepared as it's sometimes VERY windy up top. On a clear day, there are mountain views everywhere, and it's hard to find anything to complain about. Be sure to bring layers as it can be cooler up top. Highly recommended.
Written December 3, 2018
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deathbyblackcat
birmingham430 contributions
Jun 2018
Moderate hike, relatively flat at the beginning and increasing in steepness. Carry on when you reach the rock it isn’t the end. Absolutely stunning views. When we got to the bottom we rewarded ourselves with a soak in the hot springs!
Written June 6, 2018
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