Hiking Distance It is about 3 km to the highest point.
Hiking Time You can complete this climb in 1 to 2.5 hours, with less time on the return hike.
Getting to Disaster Point..Disaster Point parking and trailhead area is 39.7 km east of the Icefields Parkway along Highway 16(towards Edmonton). The hiking trailhead area is not clearly marked, being along a 70 km zone beneath a low cliff. A sign pointing to Pyramid Mountain and Roche Ronde will help you find this historical Jasper hike. It is also half a kilometer west of an animal-lick parking area(mountain sheep are often there).
The Disaster Point Hike..Your hike will take you across the highway from the parking area. Go up a very steep sheep trail on the left side of Syncline Ridge(not well marked). At the top of the hill, look for an overgrown old hiking trail, which follows this steep crest. You can follow this route until it becomes faint and indistinguishable from the sheep paths.
We suggest considering only going 1 kilometer to the scenic hiking point that overlooks the Athabasca River. This shorter hike will still allow you to see the route of the fur traders and Overlanders of the past. Their historical hiking trail continued ahead and becomes quite steep.
This hiking trail has thick grass and brush which does not allow for seeing any wildlife that may be near you.