The Skyline Trail is over the top of the Maligne Range in Jasper National Park in Alberta. Today's hike is over the last 14 km to Jasper townsite. For those hikers who wish to take it slower may stay overnight at the Signal Mountain campground.
From the Tekkara campground the distance is 5km through wildflower alpine meadows past the shoulders of Tekarra and Signal Mountain.
[101-Smokey Athabasca Valley]
[102-Pyramid Mountain from Skyline Trail]
[103-Mount Tekarra northern most peak]
[104-On Tekaara looking down - click to enlarge]
[105-Looking back at Mt. Tekarra]
[106-Looking at valley with the Yellowhead Highway - click to enlarge]
The trail drops down to the Signal mountain fire road via numerous switchbacks to the campground.
[109-Fireroad at Signal Mountain]
Descending the trail to the right, the fire road passes the junction to Signal campground before plunging into the forest with a final 9km trudge downhill dropping over 800m in elevation. This is very hard on the knees. At the bottom of Signal Mountain at Annette Lake is a parking lot where the hiker may catch a ride back to Jasper on the Maligne Lake Shuttle or to retrieve your car from another location.
[111-Bull elk with spring antler velvet]
[115-Coyote near Lake Annette - click to enlarge]
[116-Lake Annette water - click to enlarge]
[117-Annette Lake - click to enlarge]
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