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      OLD FORT POINT - NEAR JASPER

  Old Fort Point
A large hill that rises from the Athabasca River Valley, this is cliffy and typical roche noutonee, a French phrase describing bedrock shaped by a glacier.  There have been no shortage of glaciers in these valleys over the last 100,000 years.  The trail can be challenging in places so wear good footwear and layers of clothing.  It is a lovely hike.

 
 The views are inspiring in several directions.  Take pictures of JASPER TOWNSITE, Athabasca River and Miette River.  Looking towards the north look for Mount Edith Cavell (a fascinating hike as well), the Whistlers and the JASPER TRAM, the Victoria Cross Range (look for reddish quartzite), Pyramid Mountain (it has a large satellite station on top and sits in front of PYRAMID LAKE), PATRICIA LAKE, Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge which sits majestically on the shores of Lac Beauvert, the Colin Range (a rounded-top Signal Mountain sits beside Mount Tekarra) and, last but not least, Mount Hardisty with its sloping layers.
 




The "Old Fort Point" name comes from the first fortification in the area which was located just downstream.  There are stairs for those in a hurry (steep stairs) or follow the wide trail for a more leisurely trek.  You start at elevation 3,378 feet and gains about 430 feet in a mile and a half.     Enjoy!



Located only one and a half kilometers (5 minutes)
from the town of Jasper on Highway 93A and Old Fort Road.

From Jasper follow the Old Icefields Parkway south (this is the old highway) to Old Fort Point and the Lac Beauvert access road.  Turn left (you are now traveling east) and cross the Athabasca River over the old iron bridge and pull off to the right into the parking area.


Athabasca Falls     EDITH CAVELL VALLEY

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