Sulphur Skyline Trail – Best Canadian Rockies Day Hikes

#26 – Canadian Rockies Day Hikes: Sulphur Skyline Trail

Sulphur Skyline Trail
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  • Location: Jasper National Park
  • Trailhead: Miette Hot Springs
  • Type: Out-n-Back
  • Rating: Difficult to Strenuous
  • Total Distance: 5.25-miles
  • Trailhead Elevation: 4,590′
  • Total Elevation Gain: 2,080′
  • Recommended Time: 2.5 – 3.5 hours
  • Recommended Season: Early July – Late September

Sulphur Skyline Trail

Hiking the Sulphur Skyline Trail
Jennifer hikes along the Sulphur Skyline Trail as it leaves the tree-line.

Most of the Sulphur Skyline Trail is a nondescript and steep slog through the dense forest. While the trail to the summit isn’t much to opine for, the destination of this hike is so amazing that it easily makes it into the best hikes in the Canadian Rockies. Nearing the end, the trail emerges from the trees onto a small alpine bench where the surrounding landscape starts to reveal itself. The final 1/2-mile is a truly grueling steep slog up the mountainside. Arriving at the summit hikers are greeted with unparalleled views of the Canadian Rockies’ terrain and the Sulphur Creek cutting through the picturesque mountain landscape. This unique and beautiful scene makes the journey well worth the effort.

Miette Hot Springs

Sulphur Creek
Sulphur Creek cuts through the Canadian Rockies.

This amazing hike also has the benefit of returning to the parking area for Miette Hot Springs on the eastern edge of Jasper National Park. Sore muscles can be soaked in the naturally heated water of the hot springs. Not a bad way to spend a day in the Canadian Rockies.

Miette Road

Much is said about the gorgeous Icefield Parkway and rightfully so, but I had never heard of the Miette Road until arriving in Jasper National Park. This is a gorgeous stretch of mostly two-lane road that contours to the landscape and would be fun to drive if in a sports car or on a motorcycle. It is less fun when driving a large truck with a camper in the bed but it is still a very scenic drive and another highlight of choosing to hike the Sulphur Skyline Trail.

Sulphur Woods
The view as the trail begins to emerge from the trees as it approaches the summit.

Where to Stay?

There are cabins at the Hot Springs or the Pocahontas Campground is located on the access road in. Both places make for a great way to unplug and get away from it all.

What’s in a Name?

Don’t confuse the Sulphur Skyline Trail with the popular Sulphur Mountain Trail in Banff or Jasper National Park’s Skyline Trail which is one of our favorite backcountry adventures in the Canadian Rockies.

Sulphur Skyline Panoramic
The terminus of the Sulphur Skyline Trail leads to this incredible view overlooking the Canadian Rockies.

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