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Alone in Jasper - North Boundary Trail
Timestamp Free: 2019.08.21 - 13:30:51
Ranges: North America Ranges / Rocky Mountains / Canadian Rockies / Continental Ranges / Front Ranges
  (10 days)
Participants: Martin Berka, Antje Wahl
Difficulty: 1: A long trek along a well-maintained trail. Small elevation differences.
Long well-maintained trail in isolated north part of Jasper NP. Mainly flat with exception of Snake Indian and Robson pass. Muddy sect. and washed-out bridges possible. Mapped unreliably-200 char max?
Day 1 - Celestine lake road trailhead to Shalebanks campsite
(August 5 2001) (18km) The overnight bus from Vancouver left us in Jasper long before the first morning runners show up on its streets. After registering at the park office we took a $50 taxi to the trailhead along a one-way dirt road. We started hiking at noon, following a wide 4x4 road for 6km through an alder forest, then along a narrow ex-road, crossing several bear-welcoming berry areas but seeing no bear. The Shalebanks campground is small.

Day 2 - Shalebanks to Horseshoe campsite
(22km, via Seldom Inn camp) After a long night's sleep - the only rainy night of the trip - we pack all our supplies that look bigger than our backpacks for the first few days (we carried 16kg of food for 10 days). The forest road ends about 1km past the Seldom Inn campsite (which looks more pleasant than Shalebanks) at the turnoff to Snake Indian falls. There, lazily flowing river abruptly falls into a rocky bowl which echoes the roar and is filled with a large amount of tree trunks. It is a very impressive place and an excellent lunch spot. We then follow some wetter portions of the trail to Horseshoe meadows with the first wide open views towards area around Rajah mountain and the upper Blue creek.

Day 3 - Horseshoe to Blue Creek campsite
(30km, via Willow creek and Welbourne camps). We do not leave camp until just before 11am. It is so nice just to be here and we enjoy it very much. There are more open meadows just before Willow creek campground, located in a wide bent of Snake Indian river which probably floods in spring and early summer, creating these large treeless spaces. The views to Ancient wall (a well-earned name) in upper Blue Creek valley are particularly...

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