Overlander Trail

 

Distance: 14.5km one way

Time Required: 2-4 hrs

Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult

 

Description:  The Overlander appears as “Trail 10” on Parks Canada trail maps.  It starts out with flowy single track through the forest and crosses several drainages and interesting rock features before hitting a meadow and the Moberly Homestead near the halfway point.  For an easier day, take a breather at the homestead and enjoy the view before heading back to 6th bridge (The “Moberlander”).  After passing the meadow the trail gets more technical with some steep climbs, scree side hills, technical rock features, and more fast single track through the forest.  The trail ends at 12 Mile Bridge/Morro Peak, enjoy the view for a bit before heading back to 6th bridge.

Directions: From Jasper travel north/east on Highway 16 several Kilometers and turn south onto Maligne Lake road, follow to Maligne Canyon 6th bridge.  Start here.

Dangers and Annoyances: Be aware of ticks, particularly in early season on the north end of the trail.  There is some exposure along the scree slopes but this is easily navigated by walking short rocky sections as needed.

Options:  For beginners consider just riding The Moberlander as described above.  If you’re short on time this ride can be completed as a one way shuttle in either direction.

Dude Option: Ride from town to make it a big day.  The easier Dude option is to take Trail 13(Bighorn Alley) then Trail 7 along the Athabasca river to arrive at 6th Bridge.  For the full Dude experience take Trail 14/14a to Old Fort Point, then Trail 7 behind the Jasper Park Lodge to arrive at 6th Bridge.  Check for seasonal closures on Trail 7 due to elk calving and grizzly bear activity, a link to Parks Canada trail closures can be found on our Resources page.