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“Our Favorite Lunch Spot”

Cavell Meadows Trail
Reviewed 12 September 2013

My wife and I are in our early 60s, and we recently made our second hike to the Meadows. We had made the hike 10 years earlier on a seemingly beautiful day, only to find ourselves caught in an afternoon thunderstorm that sent us scampering down the mountain shortly after a lunch break. This time the weather cooperated and we lingered on a pair of rocks eating lunch and listening to the glaciers "crack". It echoes loudly in the valley as your eyes scan the glaciers to see if you can find any signs of movement. Most of the time, you don't see anything, just the sound, but it is incredible.
It is a moderately hard climb up, but can be harder if you choose to go higher than the meadow where many gather to eat and listen while facing the mountain peaks and the glaciers.

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Reviewed 29 July 2013 via mobile

The trail takes you along the edge of the lush green forest line (bring mosquito spray). Some steep inclines, but we were rewarded with lush green meadows, beautiful flowers and glancing over at the face of the mountain to see just how high you've climbed makes it all worth while.

We were told by some uniformed parks employee, parked at the driving entryway that the meadows were "closed" to restoration - but we still ascended high enough with magnificent views that we thought it was all worthwhile!

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Reviewed 11 April 2012

The Cavell Meadows Trail, some 30 km South of Jasper, is accessed via the Cavell Road (off the Icefields Parkway) which is prohibited to motorhomes over 7 m and restricted to 40 km/hour. The road is also closed in winter and at certain times of the year to protect the resident caribou, so find out if it’s open before heading out. Moreover, the large parking at the end does fill up fast in high season and it pays to arrive early.

Once at the trailhead (1,762 m) there’s the option of a shorter, level, 1.6 km loop around the ice-scarred and bolder-strewn Edith Cavell Basin (which is what most people do) and/or the 8 km Cavell Meadows trail which is usually less frequented (don’t think you’ll be alone however, it is still a very popular hike, especially in summer).

The Cavell Meadows trail climbs steadily into a fragrant upper-subalpine forest behind an impressive moraine into the flower-filled (in season - mainly July) meadows. The path divides here to form a loop. Carrying on straight takes you to a first lookout above tree level with views back down to the parking, Cavell Lake and the Cavell glaciers. This is not the top however and better views can be had from higher up. The path steepens and the vegetation diminishes as you reach a rounded ridge (at 2,288 m) marked by a cairn, offering views over a rolling plateau towards Jasper in the distance. From here the trail loops back down to the meadows, though a faint trail continues beyond, leading up a nearby ridge. We weren’t sure whether this was an official path and didn’t want to disregard the signs we’d seen lower down urging visitors to stick to the path, but we did glimpse other climbers above us, so decided to continue. We were glad we did for despite the steepness and couple of scrambles over scree, the views from the top (some 2,500 m we heard a fellow climber say) are sweeping, over the Athabasca valley (and Icefields Parkway), Jasper and the cirque spanning Mount Edith Cavell and Sorrow Peak.

This mildly strenuous hike took us 4.5 hours to complete, with a lengthy stop for lunch and gave us plenty of photo opportunities. In early August the wildflowers had largely finished and we only caught sight of a pika and an Arctic ground squirrel, but the views and workout more than made up for the lack of fauna and fauna.

Tip: arrive early to find a parking spot at the trailhead and pack an anorak because conditions at the summit can change rapidly, even in summer (it was 8°C when we visited and a vicious wind was blowing). This is a popular walk with great views, but if you want equally good views and less people, then I strongly recommend the Bald Hills hike above Maligne Lake.

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