The Sulphur skyline trail is located in Jasper National Park, with the trail head being right near Miette Hot Springs. This by far, is one of my favourite places in the park to visit. It’s right at the edge of the park, so it’s quicker to get to than going all the way to Whisteler’s Peak (near the town of Jasper) and is right pretty much the beginning of the Rocky Mountains from that side of the park. A great weekender, or day trip for those just looking to get away for awhile. Pocahontas Campground is a great place to base camp with the family as well, as it is in close proximity to the hot springs and several lighter hikes in the campground area perfectly suited for smaller legs. Also, it never seems too busy, unlike some of the larger more popular spots.
The hike itself starts right behind the hot springs pool heading east from behind there. It starts out with a paved trail but then quickly turns into a rugged uphill climb up to the ridge line. It is a 5.3Km trek so bring water, some healthy snacks and bug spray. You would be wise to bring a rain jacket as well as weather can change very quickly in high alpine areas. If you’re going to do this in the shoulder seasons you should also prepare for snow!
This trail is for hikers only, as in no other methods of transport are allowed. Personally I can’t say I wasn’t a little bit interested in ripping down this trail on my bike at top speed, but luckily there are lots of other spots for that in Jasper. You can’t bike on it due to the fragile nature of plant life in the area. It’s very dry and cold, so things take a long time to establish and grow. However, hikers will be rewarded with spectacular views and some of the friendliest mountain squirrels you have ever met. As a note, they love trail mix and will steal it right out of your hands!