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Great Divide Trail - Section F (Jasper to North Boundary Trail)

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65.2 mile 104.9 kilometer point to point
93% Runnable
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Ascent: 7,827' 2,386 m
Descent: -6,011' -1,832 m
High: 6,911' 2,107 m
Low: 3,412' 1,040 m

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Avg Grade: 4% (2°)
Max Grade: 62% (32°)

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Canadian Rockies at their best, wild and beautiful, along the Continental Divide.

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Features Birding · Commonly Backpacked · Lake · River/Creek · Views · Waterfall · Wildflowers · Wildlife

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Need to Know

The GDT is a wilderness trail. Hiking it provides a wilderness experience that in places may include unmaintained trail, no trail at all (route finding required), animal sightings and encounters, isolation, unbridged creeks and rivers, and long distances between resupplies.

Summer weather can include snow :>)

Resources regularly updated with the latest conditions and other information are:
- GDTA website www.greatdividetrail.com
- Dustin Lynx book "Hiking Canada's Great Divide Trail"
- GDT App
- Ryan Silk's GDT Map Atlas
- Gem Trek maps

Description

The GDT (Great Divide Trail) is a long distance hike along the Continental Divide in Canada. This is Section F, the second northernmost section of it.

Section F runs from the town of Jasper, Alberta in Jasper National Park, to a trail junction in Jasper National Park where the Moose River Route meets the North Boundary Trail.

The Moose Pass meadows, some of the most beautiful high mountain meadows on the planet, are in this Section. They are pristine, remote, surrounded by endless snowy mountains and especially beautiful with wildflowers (late July/early August). However, they are well guarded by lower, large, wet meadowy areas where the trail is easily lost, if there actually is a trail at all, AND one must splash through rivers - the wild and beautiful, turquoise Moose River, and the swift flowing, glacial Smoky River.

And don't forget to visit the postcard-perfect Mt. Robson, a short side trip from the end of Section F.

Please see the resources listed above under Need to Know for up to date detailed descriptions and valuable hiker information.

Alternate Routes
- Great Divide Trail - Marjorie Dorothy Lakes Alternate Route
- Great Divide Trail - Elysium Pass Alternate Route
- Great Divide Trail - Moose River West Alternate Route
- Moose River Route: Smoky River Crossing Alternate

Access Trailheads (motor vehicle accessible)
- Connaugh Drive in Jasper (start of Section F)
- Yellowhead Highway (Hwy 16) up to mile 13.5 of Section F. Section F follows the road here.

Access Trails
- Berg Lake Trail and Moose River Route: Berg Lake Trail to Smoky River Crossing to the end of Section F(17.2 miles)
- Moose River Route from the Yellowhead Hwy (Hwy 16) to the Great Divide Trail - Moose River West Alternate Route (14.4 miles)

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Calumet Creek headwaters flow through the expansive Moose Pass meadows below rugged Peaks of Calumet Ridge. Looking northwest from just west of Moose Pass.
Sep 11, 2018 near Grande…, AB
Looking north, left to right - Unnamed hill, peak(s) that some consider to be part of Calumet Peak (lower than Calumet Peak), and northwest shoulder of Calumet Peak. Headwaters of Calumet Creek flow down from the glaciers and snowfields of Calumet Peak.
Sep 11, 2018 near Grande…, AB
Looking northeast, left to right - Calumet Peak, low ridge, ridge forming north side of Moose River valley descending southwest from Moose Pass, with the headwaters of Calumet Creek in the foreground, seen from the trail just west of Moose Pass.
Sep 11, 2018 near Grande…, AB
Calumet Creek. The trail runs along the creek after crossing the large open, flat, wet meadow to the west.
Sep 11, 2018 near Grande…, AB
More mountains, glaciers, and snowfields come into view to the west-southwest when descending through the Moose Pass meadows. Mumm Peak, Mount Anne-Alice, Mural Glacier, Mount Phillips, and Gendarme Mountain (left ot right).
Sep 11, 2018 near Grande…, AB
The headwaters of Calumet Creek flow down through the mountain meadows just west of Moose Pass. Seen looking west-northwest from the west side of Moose Pass.
Sep 11, 2018 near Grande…, AB

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