Mount Edith Cavell Trail

Mount Edith Cavell Trail, Jasper National Park: Address, Phone Number, Mount Edith Cavell Trail Reviews: 5/5

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Calgaryskichick
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Sep. 2021 • Friends
Amazing drive to the trailhead for Edith Cavell pond. Easy 60 minute roundup hike to pond to see close up glacier and icebergs. Must do :)
Written September 20, 2021
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Tenille
Cape Town, South Africa10 contributions
Aug. 2021 • Couples
OK so I know all sources say ‘moderate hike’ but for the unfit or those not specifically hiking fit (I’m a swimmer) this is more like a difficult hike. It is exceptionally beautiful so definitely worth it but make sure your shoes have excellent grip for the loose gravel on the way down, good socks to prevent blisters and definitely pack plenty of snacks and water. There are stunning views for the entire hike. Everything from the Glacier, cute little marmots, chipmunks, gofers and typically bears (which we did not encounter), meadows, fairy-glen type forest, small meadows and mountain top views. I really would encourage everyone to take their own garbage bags for any trash from your snacks as the increasing amount of tissues etc. left lying around really made me very sad. As explorers we should do everything we can to preserve this extreme beauty.
Written August 22, 2021
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Sarah
Toronto, Canada6 contributions
Aug. 2021
One of the most spectacular places I've seen in person. The hike itself was not very difficult, and the views were stunning! It is about a 30 minute drive on a narrow winding road from the base to the parking lot where the hiking path begins, and it is very worth it.
Written August 16, 2021
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Brittany
Winnipeg, Canada3,229 contributions
Jul. 2021
I hiked Edith Cavell Meadows on July 25, 2021. Arrived at 8:30 am and was one of the first people on the trail which was lovely. This hike is my favourite in Jasper.

The trail starts off along a paved uphill path leading to the first viewpoint near the base of the Cavell Pond and Glacier. From there it continues up and around a large pile of rocks and then enters the forest. The trail climbs gradually along switchbacks through the forest before reaching a junction before the meadows. I recommend taking the “easier” route up and then the steeper route on the way down. The meadows were gorgeous with colourful wildflowers! The trail continued to gain steady elevation and once above the tree line, opened up to dramatic and incredible views of Mount Edith Cavell and the surrounding mountains! Everywhere you looked, the views were amazing and didn’t feel real. I even heard a few avalanches on the way up (but did not see them). From there, the trail led to the second viewpoint overlooking the glacier and pond which was beautiful. It continued to climb all the way to the third and final viewpoint, and followed along an exposed rocky area to the top of the ridge. The trail became very steep and there were lots of loose rocks. This was the most difficult section but so worth it once you make it to the top! The views of the valley and mountains were stunning. It was very windy and cold at the top, so bring something warm to wear.

I took the steeper route on the loop down from the third viewpoint and it was definitely steep! Hiking poles are necessary to feel safe and steady. It was much faster coming down the mountain. In total, the hike took me 3 hours and 50 minutes including lots of breaks along the way, and a longer stop at the top.

I saw an adorable marmot along the trail near the beginning on top of the rocks which was cool. Other than that, no other wildlife. Incredible trail! I would highly recommend this one.
Written August 5, 2021
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Tvler8
St. Albert, Canada786 contributions
Aug. 2021
It is a mildly steep trek up to the lake. It has a small paved path most of the way up. The last portion is well maintained gravel.
Written August 2, 2021
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MichaelCarreiro
Montreal, Canada418 contributions
Aug. 2020
This is a wonderful place to visit. The views are incredible. There is a little bit of everything for everyone. For people with mobility issues or young children, you can take a short stroll to a viewing deck overlooking the glacier and the lake below with icebergs. For the more adventurous, you can hike to the summit. Plenty of places for a picnic as well. Simply a beautiful place to hang out and enjoy. One can easily spend half a day here, or just a few minutes, depending on what you want to do.

It was raining the day I came here. I hiked to the summit in rain and high winds. When i got below the scree, the sun came out. So back up I went to get some great photos.Well worth the trip.
Written April 15, 2021
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Marcus1900I
Vancouver, Canada122 contributions
Sep. 2020
if you can make it to the viewpoint- it is definitely rewarding. good view of glacier and lake together. we thought view point # 2 was the best- Viewpoint #3 is the steepest - but not the best in our opinion. you also need good shoes to go through the ice that might be uphill even after warm days....
Written October 6, 2020
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Jay Y
7 contributions
Sep. 2020
Best things about the hike:
- Begins at fairly high elevation (1700+ meters) - not much effort before getting above the tree line
- Awesome views: glacier, lake, mountain peaks, blue sky
- Wild flowers (even late in the season)
- Pikas and mountain marmots (they are not as shy as those we saw in other places; you can get a really close-up view)
- Moderate efforts: took us 4 hours round trip to the highest point of the trail and back; this is with extended lunch and animal viewing stops; we are moderately active and only average in fitness level.
- The pay-off is excellent for you effort. (It takes a lot more work to get this kind of view elsewhere.)

Things to be prepared for:
- Bug repellent (even this late in the season)
- Prepare for changing weather (hot, cold, windy, rainy); but "marginal weather" often produces the most spectacular views.
- Sturdy hiking shoes and/or hiking poles help; the upper part of the trail could be a little slippery/scary for some.
- Could be crowded; (not so much this year due to COVID perhaps)
- No outhouses once you leave the parking lot; time your "needs" for a 4+hr walk.
- Bring your long lens if you are into animal photography
Written September 7, 2020
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57suzie
Calgary, Alberta, Canada28 contributions
Aug. 2020
Such a great place visit. Its a wonderful if you are looking for a short walk or if you wish to do a longer hike the meadows hike is great.
Written August 31, 2020
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Skwiki
Burnaby, Canada1,568 contributions
Aug. 2020
This was the highlight of our two days in Jasper! The road to the parking lot is an adventure in itself. There are many sharp switchbacks at the beginning.
At the parking lot a sign/map showed it was less than a kilometre to the pond. The initial sight of the trail looked quite steep. We are all out of shape, so we weren't sure how we would fare. The hike was a breeze! The weather was perfect and we had no problem getting up the initial hill. Around the halfway mark there was a sign saying not to proceed to the pond. There were many people continuing on, so we did too. A friendly squirrel followed us most of the way.
The views the entire way are incredible. The mountain is massive, and Angel Glacier is very impressive. In the future we would like to try the segment that goes up through the rockfall to get a few from a higher elevation.
A friend saw our photos from our trip 2 weeks ago and they went yesterday and also loved it.
Written August 29, 2020
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