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Trident Range

The Trident Range is a 76 sq. mile portion of the South Jasper Ranges, which is a series mountain ranges within the Rocky Mountains in Alberta and British Columbia. Neighboring South Jasper Ranges include Meadow-Clairvaux, Fraser-Rampart, and the Cavell Group of mountains.

The Trident Range sits east of the Continental Divide and considered a complex knot of peaks that stand very close together, but apart from other peaks and mountains.

There are 102 named mountains in the Trident Range. The highest and the most prominent mountain is Mount Edith Cavell. The entire mountain range is bounded in the north by the Miette River and on the east by the Athabasca River, entirely within Jasper National Park. In fact, the Trident Range is one of the most commonly photographed ranges in the park.

Mount Edith Cavell

Mount Edith Cavell

The Trident Range is a very popular destination for outdoor recreation, particularly hiking, backpacking, climbing and skiing. Notable peaks in the Trident mountains include the craggy Terminal Mountain, Whistlers Peak, and Indian Ridge. The prominent peak in the range is Majestic Mountain.

Major Trails and Hiking Areas

Maccarib Pass/Tonquin Valley Trail - Running along the southern boundary of the Trident Range, this 27-mile trek is a backpackers paradise. Over the course of 2-3 days, hikers will traverse alpine regions, towering peaks, and incredible alpine lakes including Amethyst Lakes. The trail can be accessed year-round and is open for winter recreation.

The Ramparts

The Ramparts in Tonquin Valley: Parapet Peak, Paragon Peak, Oubliette Peak, Dungeon Peak, and Redoubt Peak.

Whistlers Mountain - Ascending 4,000 feet over the course of 4.25 miles, the trek to the summit of Whistlers Mountain requires a significant amount of effort. However, after tackling a series of switchbacks, a scramble, and some dense shrubs, hikers are rewarded with panoramic views of the surrounding wilderness. If you’d rather skip the hike, you can jump on the Jasper Tramway, which will also take you to the top of Whistlers Mountain.

Marmot Basin - Another icon of North America, Marmot Mountain offers some of the best skiing in the region. There are 7 lifts, 91 unique runs, and 1,720 acres to explore. Marmot Basin is also home to the highest base elevation of any Canadian Ski area. Marmot Basin is bustling with amenities, restaurants, and is home to a lodge.

Major Cities and Resorts

Jasper

Jasper is the closest to the heart of the Trident Range and makes the ideal basecamp for visitors to Jasper National Park. Located within the Athabasca River Valley, Jasper is known for its vast wilderness, majestic peaks, and incredible natural beauty. There are several places to stay and experience Jasper and the nearby Trident Range including the Pocahontas Cabins, just east of the park gates, The Crimson, which was inspired by the fall foliage and sunsets found in this region, and the Patricia Lake Bungalows, which is just 3 miles from city-center and allows visitors to escape the hustle and bustle of the town. Jasper is also home to The Marmot Basin, a well-known ski resort and is just a couple of miles from Banff.