The gang taking a lunch break

Watchtower Basin

Access: Maligne Lake road approx­i­mate­ly 18km from Jasper

 Park­ing: Yes

 Trail­head: Short walk

 Dis­tance: 9.8 km one way

Activ­i­ties: Sight­see­ing, hik­ing, camp­ing

Watchtower Basin Trail

Back­coun­try camp­sites bear poles, pit priv­ies, and fire box­es (where fires are per­mit­ted).


Watchtower Trail Description

The trail starts about 18 km from Jasper town­site on Maligne Road and brings you to a rel­a­tive­ly steep climb that leads to an alpine mead­ow. You have to ford a small creek to reach the camp­site. The ele­va­tion gain that you can expect on this trail is 985 meters and the max­i­mum ele­va­tion will be 2375 meters. This is an over night trip. You can day trip this like we did, just give your­self the whole day to hike this trail. Con­tact Jasper Nation­al Park for details, maps and back coun­try per­mits.


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