Season: late June to mid-September (cannot go earlier due to caribou calving and it is known to be a grizzly route). It is necessary to check with Parks Canada whether the area is open or closed due to bears.
The only two ways into Amethyst Lake is by riding horses or hiking in 14 miles. The trail head is at the end of the Mount Edith Cavell road, about 25 km south of Jasper. Jasper can be reached on highway #16, 360 km west of Edmonton, Alberta. If you hike in you use your own camping gear and come in a group of 6 or more (if less, you might be bear dinner); if you take an outfitter package there are more creature comforts like heated chalets, hot showers in the main cabin and home cooked meals: at an approximate cost of $150 per day.
The four mile long Amethyst Lake, located in the Tonquin Valley, offers splendid fishing for rainbow and brook trout as large as 12 pounds. Recommended fishing tackle includes a light spin casting rod with 4-10 pound test line, with lures such as flatfish, Len Thompson spoons and willow leaves. Fly fishermen should bring an assortment of dry and wet flies. A permit is required for use of the backcountry in Jasper National Park and a fishing license.
The picturesque trail route to the Amethyst Lake will be posted at a later date as I wanted to get the fishing aspect in for Travis Erwin today. You can find the link to his blog on the sidebar to the right.
Photo Credit: -brilang-CC=nc-sa-flickr.
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