Rock Garden

It is the clos­est and eas­i­est approach to rock climb­ing in Jasper.   A 15 min. dri­ve with a 20 min. hike makes the Rock Gar­dens the most pop­u­lar crag.   The climb­ing is steep to over­hang­ing on lime­stone.

Most­ly in the shade here, cool on the hands

Many routes can be top roped with a 50m rope.  Much of the rock on pop­u­lar routes is quite firm, due to climb­ing traf­fic.  North fac­ing and shad­ed by trees, it tend to be cool on most days.   There is no drink­ing water, so bring your own and don’t for­get your lunch.

Sport climb — Ter­ri

To reach the Rock Gar­dens, trav­el East on High­way 16 from Jasper to the inter­sec­tion with the Maligne Lake Road.  Fol­low the Maligne Lake Road for 3.1km to a left turn, marked by a sign, “FIFTH BRIDGE”.  This road leads to a paved park­ing lots.  Cross the foot­bridge and fol­low the trail, take the left fork.   Less than 100m take a right turn on a small­er trail.  The wind­ing path pro­gress­es uphill, keep to the left fork. It even­tu­al­ly lev­els off as you approach the Rock Gar­dens.  Keep a eye open for a lit­tle trail on the right who leads to the base of the cliff.  If you miss that right turn, you will end up at the Boul­der Gar­den.

Just hang­ing out

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Above all, strive to respect the area and keep it clean.  We must all be care­ful to pre­serve its char­ac­ter as a great place to climb and prac­tice.




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