Distance: 25.5 km
Time: 2 – 4 hrs
Elevation Gain: 501 m
Elevation Loss: 500 m

Technical Rating: Int. – Advanced
Physical Rating: Moderate
Season: June – September
Permit Required: Yes (Park Pass)

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Starting at the Wabasso Lake trailhead, this is Jasper’s premiere ride. It is probably the smoothest singletrack found near town and has the least horse traffic impact of all the mountain bike trails in Jasper. With that said, you will most likely encounter horse traffic on the trails. Please dismount your bike and allow the horses to pass as not to spook them.

The Wabasso Lake to Valley of the Five Lakes lollypop loop combines trail 9, starting at Wabasso Lake and heading north, with trail 9a. The 9a trail circles Valley of The Five Lakes and returns via trail 9 to the Wabasso Lake trailhead. This classic Jasper loop has it all; smooth and buff singletrack with some technical rooty and rocky sections, some beautiful ridge lines, and tacky limestone, all combined for a flowy roller coaster of a ride. This is a must ride when visiting Jasper to mountain bike!

Tip: trail 9a around the lakes typically sees a lot of heavy traffic use during the summer months. Either avoid that trail altogether during peak season, although you’d be missing out, or go early in the morning or later in the evening when the trail around the lakes tends to be a little quieter. Another options is to bypass 9a altogether and stay on trail 9 (out-and-back or point-to-point). Trail 9 from the Valley of the Five Lakes to Old Fort Point is outstanding.

TRAILHEAD | N52 46.185 W117 58.798

To start this loop at Wabasso Lake, drive 20 km south from Jasper on highway 93 to the turn off for Wabasso Lake (P16). Turn left and park. Begin your ride directly from the parking lot heading northeast along trail 9. Remember to stay north (left) along trail 9 at the first main junction just past the Wabasso Lake.

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Trail options/information

Jasper’s trail network is generally well signed. At each intersection there is a trail map and trails (which are numbered not named in Jasper) are easily followed as each has their corresponding number posted on trees along the trail. This loop can be combined with other trails to lengthen your ride. This ride can also be started from the Old Fort Point trailhead, follow trail #9.

Just a heads up, trail 9a around the lakes typically sees a lot of heavy traffic use during the summer months. Either avoid that trail altogether during peak season, although you’d be missing out, or go early in the morning or later in the evening when the trail around the lakes tends to be a little quieter. Another options is to bypass 9a altogether and stay on trail 9 (out-and-back or point-to-point). Trail 9 from the Valley of the Five Lakes to Old Fort Point is outstanding.