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Jenn looking up at the west face of Mount Edith Cavell (3363m)Jenn looking up at the west face of Mount Edith Cavell (3363m)
Verdant Pass Hike
Jasper National Park
August 6, 2011

The trailhead for Verdant Pass is near Cavell Lake on the Edith Cavell Road, west of the Icefields Parkway south of the Jasper townsite. The first four kilometres of trail is on the southern approach to the Tonquin Valley, following the Astoria River. Approximately 4 kilometres from the trailhead there is an unmarked trail that heads south to Verdant Pass. The trail peters out near the pass.

We continued on to the second cirque on the west side of Mount Edith Cavell before heading back when it started to rain. Our trip covered about a 22 kilometre round trip with a cumulative elevation gain and loss of about 950 metres.
Mount Edith Cavell (3363m) from the Astoria River Trailhead near Cavell LakeTonquin Valley information at the Astoria River TrailheadJenn at the trailheadShawn at the trailheadThe Tonquin Valley and Verdant Pass are caribou range - no dogs are allowedAstoria Campground is about 7km; we walked about 4km of the trail to the Verdant Pass junctionJenn on the Astoria River TrailJenn on the Astoria River TrailJenn on the Astoria River TrailThe trail skirted a large rockfall from the north face of Mount Edith CavellThe trail skirted a large rockfall from the north face of Mount Edith CavellJenn on the Astoria River TrailThe Verdant Pass Junction on the Astoria River Trail, about 4km from Cavell LakeJenn on the Verdant Pass TrailJenn on the Verdant Pass Trail. The trail climbed steeply for the first kilometre, then rolled gently for a while.Jenn on the Verdant Pass TrailJenn on the Verdant Pass TrailChevron Mountain (2879m) from the Verdant Pass TrailThrone Mountain (3120m) from the Verdant Pass TrailChevron Mountain (2879m) from the Verdant Pass Trail