The GDT is a wilderness trail. Hiking it provides a wilderness experience that in places may include unmaintained trail, no trail at all (route finding required), animal sightings and encounters, isolation, unbridged creeks and rivers, and long distances between resupplies.
Summer weather can include snow :>)
Resources regularly updated with the latest conditions and other information are:
- GDTA website www.greatdividetrail.com
- Dustin Lynx book "Hiking Canada's Great Divide Trail"
- GDT App
- Ryan Silk's GDT Map Atlas
- Gem Trek maps
The GDT (Great Divide Trail)
is a long distance hike along the Continental Divide in Canada. This is Section E, one of the middle sections of it.
Section E runs from Saskatchewan Crossing where the Saskatchewan River crosses Icefields Parkway (Hwy 93), to the town of Jasper, Alberta in Jasper National Park.
On top of the world here in Section E, one crosses several open and rocky high passes with glorious, expansive views of the surrounding snowy, rugged mountains. The highest point of the GDT is in this Section. Although a good bit of Section E is "off the beaten path", a good bit of it is also on well maintained, popular (but not overcrowded due to the reservation system :>) Jasper National Park trails with their wonderful, maintained trail camps complete with shared picnic tables, fire pits, bear hangs, and green thrones.
Please see the resources listed above under Need to Know
for up to date detailed descriptions and valuable hiker information.
- Great Divide Trail - Six Passes Alternate Route
- Evelyn Creek/Skyline Trail
- Great Divide Trail - Wabasso Lake Alternate Route
- Great Divide Trail - Jasper Bighorn Alley Alternate RouteAccess Trailheads (motor vehicle accessible)
- Saskatchewan Crossing on Icefields Parkway (Hwy 93) on the north side of the river (start of Section E)
- Owen Creek Trail trailhead on David Thompson Highway (Hwy 11) (close to start of Section E)
- Maligne Lake Road end, at the Skyline Trail
- Signal Mountain Fire Road/Maligne Lake Road junction, at the Skyline Trail
north trailhead (very close to end of Section E)
- Old Fort Point Road where it crosses the Athabasca River (very near Jasper) (end of Section E)
- Sunset Pass Trail (8.1 miles to Section E)
- South Boundary Trail: Nigel Creek Trailhead to Brazeau Lake
at the 5.0 mile mark and Cataract Pass Trail junction (5 miles to Section E)
- Poboktan Pass Trail
at the 3.9 mile mark and Maligne Pass Trail junction (3.9 miles to Section E)
- Watchtower Trail (8.2 miles to Section E)
- Wabasso Lake Trail
2.5 miles to Great Divide Trail - Wabasso Lake Alternate Route
, then 6 miles on Alternate Route (8.5 miles to Section E)