The elevation gain is 550m and an elevation loss of 160m on today’s hike to the Snow Bowl campground.
[24-Wildflowers on Skyline Trail]
The Skyline Trail has been identified as critical Woodland Caribou habitat, a threatened Species-at-Risk in Canada. In an attempt to reduce stressors on this disappearing animal of the Canadian wilderness Parks Canada has banned dogs from all Caribou habitat in Jasper National Park.
[25-Little Shovel Pass]
From the Little Shovel Pass at 2240m, down to the Snow Bowl campground the distance is 1.6 km.
[27-Wildflowers in Little Shovel Pass]
Not often seen are wolves and mountain lions who roam these high valleys in search of prey. Grizzly bears can be spotted digging for ground squirrels or munching on plants in trail side meadows and once in awhile woodland caribou are spotted.
[29-View southest from Little Shovel Pass]
[30-Forget Me Nots]
When entering the Snowbowl, the trail can be seen snaking its way down through open meadows and into the trees where the Snowbowl campground is hidden.
[31-Down into the Snow Bowl from the Little Shovel Pass]
[33-In the Snow Bowl]
[39-Waterfall on Skyline Trail]
[40-Hiking along a stream]
[42-Wildflowers at streamside]
[43-View northeast toward Maligne Valley]
Dropping down to the Snow Bowl campground.
[44-click to enlarge]
The campgrounds are basic ‘backcountry campgrounds’ with a small patch of uneven ground, small common area with two picnic tables, a food suspension cable and an open pit toilet. The use of gas stoves is mandatory as campfires are not permitted.
Photo Credits: -brilang CC=nc-sa-flickr, -ahisgett CC=flickr.