For only a short incline, this walk packs a punch of stunning glacier views.

Statistics

2 - 3

hrs

462

m

462

m

8

max┬░

Difficulty

FATMAP difficulty grade

Difficult

Description

As crowds flock towards Athabasca Glacier, this walk will take you off the beaten path.

Walk a dirt path upward through the woods before arriving above treeline.

The path will become more gradual as you ascend the ridge of Wilcox Peak.

Across the valley, you'll see Athabasca Glacier, snow-capped Mt.

Adromeda, and Boundary Peak.

Below in the valley, you'll also see the Columbia Icefield Discovery Center which hosts most travelers as they pull off of the Icefields Parkway to take in the view.

Once you arrive at the top of the Mount Wilcox Route, you'll be able to take some of the best-framed photos in the area.

From here, you can either head back the way you came, or if you'd like to do a little more exploring, head out on the Wilcox Pass Trail for some beautiful tundra walking.

From the end of the pass, you'll glimpse views of the Sunwapta Peaks. Equipment Bear spray, hiking boots, warm layers, water, snacks, sunscreen, sunglasses, sun hat, warm hat, rain gear.