This final hike is quite the treat as you'll get views of Utopia Mountain and Ashlar Ridge with time to take a dip in the hot springs afterward.
As a well-traveled trail, the path starts out paved before becoming gravel and then dirt as you move upward through the valley. After a few switchbacks you'll walk out of treeline to the views from the saddle along the ridge where there's a lovely bench for sitting. From here, you can see your final destination further along the ridge, but you'll be climbing nearly straight up on a small field of scree to reach it. The peak is well worth the extra effort for a completely unobstructed view.
Bring your swimsuit with you from Jasper as there's nothing like a luxurious dip in the Miette Hot Springs to round off your final hike of the trip.
Bears are present and active around all hiking routes. Be sure to review The Parks Canada information regarding travel in bear country to familiarize yourself with best practices. Always carry bear spray and know how to use it.
The weather in this area can change quickly. Even if you start a hike with blue skies, it could easily be storming (or even snowing) by the afternoon. Check the weather report daily to adjust your hiking schedule as needed.
Trail Conditions can vary based on the season and weather. Check with a local visitor's center or visit the Parks Canada Website for the most up to date trail conditions. Always be prepared to turn back you feel that snow or rain makes a trail unsafe.
We recommend packing at least bear spray, hiking boots, warm layers, water, snacks, sunscreen, sunglasses, sun hat, warm hat, rain gear. There are a good number of mosquitos on this trail so consider bringing bug repellent as well.
Points of Interest:
Miette Hot Springs
Miette Hot Springs is known to have the warmest water of all the springs in the Canadian Rockies. The mineral-rich water flows from the mountain at 54°C (129°F), so it must be cooled slightly before entering the pool at a temperature of 40°C (104°F). You'll find the springs extremely popular during the day, so if you'd like to beat the crowds you'll have to visit early or late in the day.
Food & Drink:
While you won't see any restaurants or services on the drive from Jasper, there is a cafe at the hot springs that serves coffee, pastries, and sandwiches. See your driving route notes for additional recommendations in Jasper.
There is plenty of available parking for this trail as it shares a lot with the Miette Hot Springs. The parking lot is so large that it can be a little disorienting to find the appropriate trailhead, but if you walk to the main entrance of the springs, you'll see the large sign for the trail to the right when facing the entrance.