Autumn 2020 – Part 19 – Cavell Meadows Hike – Jasper National Park

September 30, 2020

Part of the way back to the parking lot, a trail branches off over the rocky moraine pile, heading up to viewpoints of Mount Edith Cavell, Cavell Pond and Angel Glacier.

  • distance – 6-8 km (3.75-5 miles) the distance we walked was 4.8 km (3 miles)
  • our elevation gain – 344.4 meters (1,130 feet)
  • our duration 3 hours

The day was cool and sunny under bright blue skies, as we hiked over the moraine pile, then through a forest and into the meadows. It was perfect hiking weather, but I had forgotten my hat and hoped my head would not pay the price with sun burn.

From path junction to top of moraine pile.

As we entered the treed area and passed the scree slope, we got snippets of views of Cavell Pond and Angel Glacier, climbing, ever climbing. This was our first hike at elevation on this trip. The Path to the Glacier trail starts at 1756.8 m (5,764 feet), which was double the elevation at home. We were not huffing and puffing, but paused for the views, as they arrived.

Flowers struggled for survival, but fungi flourished. Meanwhile the low shrubbery was turning every beautiful shade of fall colour.

Sunlight dappled the trail.
Still in the trees.
a peek at the peak
Up with the glacier

At long last, we reached the meadows and far from being flat, the meadow trail rolled up and down until we reached the turnaround point where I did my sign language impression.

At the turn around point, we took a seat and ate our lunch before spectacular views. On the close up of the lake, you can see a tiny hiker in the restricted zone.

As we were getting ready to leave, a single hiker approached us holding out his phone to ask if we would take a photo of him. We refused with regrets, saying “Not during Covid time”. He kept approaching, holding out his phone until we said “Stop”. He looked confused and asked what we meant by “overtime”. We explained and he quickly found a couple of young hikers who agreed to take his photo. Sheeesh.

Back on the trail to the next viewpoint, we continued to climb, until reaching our highest elevation of 2101.2 meters (6,893 feet).

Opting to stop our climb here, we turned back rather than head to the final view point.

The path down went fairly quickly and we soon found ourselves on the moraine trail, within view of the parking lot.

Back on the Path of the Glacier Trail, we retraced our steps along the gravel path to avoid the afternoon crowds hiking the asphalt trail.

So glad we were able to hike some new territory.

Published by kagould17

After working for 43+ years (38 years 7 months with my last company), I finally got that promotion I waited my entire career for……retirement. I have been exploring this new career for the past 3+ years and while it is not always exciting, the chance to do what I want for myself and my family instead of what my company wanted me to do has been rewarding. While I still miss the social aspect of working with a team of great people, I have managed to keep in touch with many from my former team and I have many friends and family members who now fulfill this part of my life. Now that my Patty has retired, we are able to spend more time in pursuits and with people who are near and dear to us. I enjoy photography, gardening, working with my hands, walking, cycling, skiing, travelling, reading and creating special photo and video productions obtained in my first pastime. I may not become wealthy in any of these pursuits, but I already feel I am rich in life experiences far beyond any expectation.

28 thoughts on “Autumn 2020 – Part 19 – Cavell Meadows Hike – Jasper National Park

    1. The glacial colours really come through in these shots. We carry small Purell bottles as well, but were not prepared to touch the phone. We only thought about it later that I could have taken his photo with my camera and E-mailed it to him later. Changing times, for sure. Thanks for reading and commenting. Allan

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  1. Beautiful.

    On Fri., Nov. 13, 2020, 5:32 a.m. PhotoBlography3, wrote:

    > kagould17 posted: ” September 30, 2020 Part of the way back to the parking > lot, a trail branches off over the rocky moraine pile, heading up to > viewpoints of Mount Edith Cavell, Cavell Pond and Angel Glacier. distance – > 6-8 km (3.75-5 miles) the distance we walked was” >

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  2. I had the same reaction recently when four young people in their twenties, without masks, wanted me to hold their smartphone, as in 2019, so that I could take their picture. Some people don’t read the news.

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    1. Thanks Bernie. It was good to see a new hike and we will do this one again. Happy I was still able to bend like the sign. I look at the age of the hiker and understand his fears did not match mine. Unfortunately, there is a lot of that going around. Alberta finally implemented some restrictions, but not directed at the young partiers and with no penalties. I doubt they will understand what all the fuss is. Thanks for reading. Allan


  3. Wow, such a scenic place to explore on foot and not a single cloud in sight 😀 I love the texture of the mountains and the tall trees. I’m glad you had a great day out.

    We usually carry a tripod so we can take family photos and don’t have to ask other people. Thanks for sharing and have a good day. It’s nearly seven o’clock in Sligo, and we are slowly getting ready for bed. It’s been a long week, time to relax 😀 Aiva

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  4. The views in Jasper continue to amaze me. People’s behaviour during a pandemic continues to amaze me as well. I can’t get over how oblivious some people are. I had this happen to me a few weeks ago when hiking. A couple asked if I could take a picture of them with their family, including their grandparents. When I said that I didn’t feel comfortable doing that, they gave me the dirtiest look and then proceeded to ask someone else.

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    1. Agreed. Just when you think you have seen it all, you crest the next hill or round the next corner and it takes your breath away. As to people’s oblivion, I guess it just shows how people think (or don’t) differently. I do not think divergent opinions were this bad before Kellyanne Conway’s famous “alternative facts” statement, when referring to #45’s lies. I also find it interesting that there has been a drastic increase in Flat Earth believers. We find it easier to believe the unbelievable, than the undeniable. Stay well and thanks for reading. Allan

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    1. Thank you, It was a glorious day in a glorious place. I know, my hands weren’t pointy enough……..I’ll get it right next time. Thanks for reading and commenting guys. Allan


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