Parks has announced the road is opened for the summer. After years of different closures, the access is open to public again.
This road has a time system, where only one way traffic is allowed at certain time of the day. The time schedule is posted on the entrance of the road. If you are traveling by bicycle, not to worry as you can avoid the traffic.
Traffic: The traffic is one way, so please observe the “in” and “out” times. The one way schedule is: hours in, 8–9, 11–12, 2–3, 5–6; hours out, 9:30–10:30, 12:30–1:30, 3:30–4:30, 6:30–7:30.
This road is also the trailhead for the North Boundary Trail, Celestine Lake, Snake Indian Falls.
April 22, 2001
Access: Highway 16 East of Jasper approximately 15 kilometers.
Parking: Yes, in designated areas along the road.
Trailhead: Take the Snaring turnoff, then drive pass Snaring Campsite.
Weather you have your own horse or want to ride some. There are outfitters here that can help you out. Plus there is a couple of day ride outfits that can take you out for a couple of hours or even overnight back country cabins.
Little known fact; You can bring your own horse in the National Park and enjoy the designated trails for horses. The Parks Canada information office can supply you with all the details on which trails you can bring your horse.
Great trail riding for all ages in Jasper National Park. You can ride for a couple of hour or a couple of weeks. There are a few outfitters that can take you around the townsite area or go into the wilderness to some remote backcountry lodges. Whatever you are into, you will be sure to find an adventure of your choosing. There are outfitters that will even rent you horses and you can create your own wilderness trip. Below are links that you can contact to arrange your holiday adventure.
I have done this trail twice now and both times in harsh weather. I was waiting to go again so I can get some updated photos for you. Here are some details of the Skyline Trail for all of you that are interested in this spectacular hike.
There are about seven campsites on this trail, Evelyn Creek 5.2km (distance will list from Maligne Lake Trailhead), Little Shovel Pass 8.1km, Snow Bowl 11.8km, Watchtower 21.5 (this campsite is off the main path, and can be access by the Maligne Lake road just before Medicine Lake 10.3km), Curator 20.4km, Tekarra 30.1km, Signal 35.7km then another 8.5km down to the road. Booking campsites for this popular trail is a must and well in advance.
Be prepared for this trek as the weather changes are frequent and unpredictable. These photos were taken years ago and it was all in one long 12 hour day. If you think you are unable to hike this trail, try going by horseback with a local outfitter, and their access is from the Athabasca valley side by the way of Wabasso Lake.
Be prepared to get your boots wet for this hike to one of the campsites on the North Boundary Trail. We (Lydia and I) access this route by Rock Lake in the Wilmore Wilderness Park. If you take the route from Celestine Lake, it takes about 33km, but if you take the route we took, it is only 13km. While driving to Rock Lake we encountered Elk, Goat, Sheep, Whitetail Deer and Mule deer.
The trail is well marked and beaten by horses. The gentle open terrain through this valley make this trip a walk in the park. Upgrades to the trail was noticeable as we crossed some newly built bridges by the Fly-in Trail Crew of 99 (FTC99). The sight of these bridges was definitely a blessing to our feet.
During rainy weather, you might come across water cresting slightly over older bridges on the far end. But the upgraded bridges are will generally serve well to keep your feet dry. There is a section of the creek crossing that you cannot avoid getting your feet wet, even after attempts to find shallow channels and pole vaulting across with no success! Squish, sloosh, squish …lucky the camp site is not that far.
Willow Creek Headquarters
Arriving at the Willow Creek Headquarters (warden station) we met up with friends from Jasper. You guessed it, the FTC99 (Sean, Angela, Mathieu and Pats). They were in for ten days of hard labor. We got to join them for dinner (a feast I might add) and asked them all about how their techniques of constructing and detailing these bridges. All I can say is, HARDWORK. The camp site is about two kilometres passed this station.
Since we knew the crew, we got invited to stay and camp out with them. Gladly taking them on their offer we enjoyed music, fine food and friends. Visitors on horseback passed through to the horse corral at Willow Creek camp site.