Scaling New Heights
Join Date: May 2006
Location: Edmonton, AB, Canada.
Southesk Lake from Jasper South Boundary
I was skiing in Jasper this week (yeah it was cold!) and stopped in at the information centre to discuss summer hikes. The helpful gentleman suggested a loop hike entering Jasper NP via Rocky Pass, then following the South Boundary Trail, branching at the Southesk River up to Southesk Lake. The return is via Rocky River to Medicine Tent River then out again via Rocky Pass.
Anyone ever hiked this route? The Parks fellow told me that a horse outfitter had been following this route annually and removing deadfall to keep it open. It doesn't appear on Parks maps, although the topo map shows the route. I'm sure this would be great for scenery and solitude, but trail conditions are important. My info centre friend told me that the outfitter usually goes through in August with a chain saw.