Having a town of 5,000 right at its centre provides Jasper National Park with some unique challenges. Wherever you have that many people living amidst breathtaking mountains, many of whom are avid trail users, you are bound to have trails appearing everywhere. We arrived to help the park reroute one such trail that was established many years ago, but passes through a sensitive wildlife corridor. The plan is to designate it as a trail built and maintained ‘by the locals, for the locals.’ Though it’s recognized as an official trail, it will not be placed on any maps in order to keep its traffic volume low.

The total reroute is over a kilometre long and we flagged the whole thing before leaving. The trail will offer some great views but what we were really excited about was the technicality and flow it will offer. The project we worked on with park staff and local enthusiasts was around 150 metres and it included smooth rolling benchcut, lots of rock work, a berm, a filtered, alternate advanced line and even an opportunity to get your wheels off the ground. Our goal was to provide them with as many examples as possible so that they could use their terrain to its maximum potential after we left.

We stayed an extra two days after our official visit to take in some of the park’s other trails. The best ride was in the Valley of the Five. As you’ll see in the posted pictures, mountain peaks and lakes are everywhere you look. The trail itself offered great technical challenges and even though there were some obvious problems that need attention, the three hour experience as a whole was exhilarating