Sulphur Skyline - Jasper
Time: 3 Hours Return (Depending on how long you want to enjoy the view)
Distance: 8 Km
Elevation Gain: 700 Metres
Access: Around an hour North of Jasper. Head up Highway 16 until you reach the Pocahontas Cabins where you'll need to take a right. Follow the road for 17 Km until you arrive at Miette Hotsprings. Here there you'll find plentiful parking, the trail head is well signposted and starts in the upper corner of the parking area.
Sulphur Skyline is an incredibly worth while hike with a fantastic effort to reward ratio. Now I love the feeling and achievement of concurring a huge ascent however it can be equally as satisfying not having to work too hard for incredible views. Sulphur Skyline is definitely the latter.
The trail starts off paved and then turns into a well trodden track as it winds up the mountain and through the trees. The majority of the hike is set between towering pines, this can be a little frustrating as there is no real view to enjoy, this does however make the final reveal at the summit even more impressive.
At first the trail is relatively straight with a steady ascent before hitting a series of switch backs. You'll find small wooden benches throughout your journey if you fancy a moment to catch your breath . Eventually you'll clear the tree line and come to an open area with a large white rock in the centre. There are some stunning vistas to enjoy from this point but the best is yet to come!
The last section of this hike is a short steep climb to the true summit, from here you'll have 360 degree views of the surrounding valleys.
We completed this trail at sunrise starting out in the dark, not only does this mean the weather is cooler but the morning light adds an extra element to the layered peaks and ridge lines.