Distance: 12km One way
Time Required: 1-2 hrs
Description: A great intro to bike packing. The trail is wide with a moderate grade and some roots but no significant technical sections. The trail parallels the Athabasca river with a couple of excellent viewpoints before arriving at the Lower Fryatt campsite which is the end of the bikeable section of the trail. This trail will accommodate bike trailers for packing gear.
Directions: From Jasper travel south on Hwy 93 for 32km to Athabasca Falls. Turn right(west) onto Hwy 93a and follow for 1km to the Geraldine Fire Road(gravel). Follow the fire road south for 2km to the Fryatt Valley trail head which will be located on your left
Dangers and Annoyances: The Geraldine fire road is a rough gravel road and may not be suitable for all vehicles(but most will be fine), make an assessment when you arrive as to whether or not your vehicle should travel any further. Staying in any backcountry camp requires the purchase of a backcountry permit available from the Parks Information Centre
Options: From the Lower Fryatt camp hike 8 km further into the beautiful Fryatt valley.
Dude Option: Start in Jasper... cars are for wimps.