An airy ridgeline with some steep scrambling to a wild summit, reached by extending the hike from Whistlers Peak.


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If you want to get the most out of your Jasper SkyTram ticket, consider hiking Indian Ridge from Whistlers Peak.

Many people who ride the tram will hike the well-traveled trail to the Whistlers Peak Summit, but very few continue on to Indian Ridge, which is an alpine route requiring some scrambling.

The extra work pays handsomely with uncrowded views on a wild summit.

It’s not difficult by Rocky Mountain scrambling standards, but it’s not an easy hike either.

You should be comfortable with using hands and feet on steep rocks with moderate fall exposure.

Because of the difficulty, this route is slow going.

Do not go if there’s a significant risk that the weather could turn, or if you might miss the last tram ride down. To get to Indian Ridge, continue over the [Whistlers Summit]( and down, on a path that is obvious at first.

When it begins to fade, simply follow the ridge crest and pick your way across the talus.

Eventually, the ridgeline turns uphill toward the Indian Ridge Summit, and that’s when the hiking becomes scrambling.

Be very careful of dislodging rocks that could injure you or someone below you.

The scrambling portion is relatively short, and soon you’ll stand on the highpoint of Indian Ridge. If this all feels easy and you have time to spare, you can continue scrambling along the ridge toward another summit, but the route mapped here turns back at this first summit.

You can assess and decide if you want to go farther.

When you are ready, simply retrace the ridge the way you came, using extra caution of loose rock when moving downhill. Sources: