Here in Jasper there is a great walking/hiking trail system and lucky for me it starts out my veranda door. I picked the Old Fort Point Loop to hike which meant leaving the car behind yet adding on a couple of kilometres of walking both ways to and from the trail head. That extra section followed the Athabasca River and the views were so nice.
I did the loop clockwise which started through the forest with a gentle climb. The wildflowers were at their prime and I spent a significant amount of time just being one with them. Those famous red chairs are perched up on a wide open meadow that is carpeted with colourful flowers and the view is 360.
I reached the high spot of the Old Fort Point Loop. From here once again the views are 360. I could see down to the Jasper Townsite, to the Fairmount Jasper at Beauvert Lake and also across to the Skytram. The steep downhill section from the top of the Loop is made up of a dirt path, rock stairs and then wood stairs which means a very quick descent.
Today began having coffee on the deck as the sun came up and ended with beer on the deck as the sun set. In between was filled with all the wonderful sights and sounds that surround this beautiful sweet town.
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