Mount Edith Cavell Tour
ElevationAscent: 1,730' 527 m
Descent: -1,729' -527 m
High: 7,419' 2,261 m
Low: 5,808' 1,770 m
GradeAvg Grade: 13% (7°)
Max Grade: 34% (19°)
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“A tour of Mount Edith Cavell—Angel Glacier, glacial Cavell Pond, Cavell Meadows, and awesome high viewpoints.”— Joan Pendleton
Cavell Meadows Trail begins by switchbacking up a rocky old moraine (?). After the third switchback, one is on top of the moraine with the moraine drop-off on the right, fir forest on the left, and awesome views of Mt. Edith Cavell, Angel Glacier, and Cavell Pond ahead to the right. After about half a mile on top of the moraine, the trail veers left, into the forest, to switchback up to the meadows. The trees thin as the trail climbs. At the 1.7-mile mark, a trail junction is reached - go right here to loop counter-clockwise through the meadows as described here. Going left takes one clockwise around the loop.
Continuing to climb, treeline is reached at about the 1.9-mile mark and one is in the open meadows, again with great views of Mount Edith Cavell, Angel Glacier, and Cavell Pond. At the 2.2-mile mark the Cavell Meadows Viewpoint 1 Spur is reached. A short 100 meters on this spur takes one to a large open, flat lookout, a great place to take a break, have a snack, and admire the views. Besides, Mt Edith Cavell, Angel Glacier, and Cavell Pond, one can see far down the valley to the north—Franchere Peak and many mountains far into the distance (possibly the Victoria Cross Ranges northwest of Jasper).
Returning from Cavell Meadows Viewpoint 1 Spur, go right to continue on Cavell Meadows Trail. Above treeline here and continuing to climb, the low vegetation gives way to scree. Cavell Meadows Viewpoint 2 Spur is reached on the right, at the 2.7-mile mark. Take this spur to climb higher to even more expansive views. About 250m up this steep rock and scree spur, at a sharp bend to the right, are perhaps the best views to the north. Here to the north-northwest are Cavell Lake, Franchere Peak, and the Victoria Cross Ranges into the far distance. To the north-northeast are Mount Tekarra with the Colin Range in the distance behind it. Another 250m up this spur brings one to a large flat spot with great views in all directions. In addition to all the distant mountains, close by are of course, views of Mt. Edith Cavell, Angel Glacier and Cavell Pond.
Returning from Cavell Meadows Viewpoint 2 Spur, go right at the trail junction to continue on Cavell Meadows Trail. As the trail descends through the meadows, trees reappear, one drops below treeline and re-enters the fir forest. At the 3.8-mile mark the trail junction with the start of the Cavell Meadows Trail loop, is reached.
At this trail junction, go right to retrace your steps and return to the parking area, by descending the switchbacks through the forest to reach the moraine, traversing the moraine and switchbacks down it to the Path of the Glacier Trail junction, and going right onto the Path of the Glacier Trail to get to the parking area.
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Land Manager: Parks Canada - Jasper National Park