Jasper NP – Wilcox Pass and Athabasca Glacier View

The Wilcox Pass Trailhead is conveniently located just off the Icefields Parkway, east of Icefield Centre.

You’ll be rewarded with this view after about 1.5 miles of moderate effort. 

Starting from the left is Mount Andromeda (11,290′), Mount Athabasca (11,452′), Snow Dome (11,340′) and Mount Kitchener (11,499′)

Mount Andromeda

Mount Athabasca, Snow Dome and Mount Kitchener

Athabasca Glacier

In 1844 the glacier covered all the moraine as well as the Icefield Centre parking lot. 

While you can explore the moraine, which I did in 2015, access to the glacier is now limited to paid tours. 

This trail is not well groomed. Expect plenty of roots to stumble over and on this day it was quite muddy. I was thankful to have my hiking poles to provide a little extra balance and security as I had a little slip-slide action in the mud. The trail ascends about 400′ over the first mile. You may stumble upon these red chairs as you explore the parks of Canada. Or you can do a little research and plan your trip accordingly. GPS coordinates are provided so you can make it a game of geocaching. #ShareTheChair

Hike Details:

  • Date Hiked: 09/28/16
  • Mileage: 3 miles round trip (trail continues for more miles offering more views and possible bighorn sheep sightings)
  • Tip: Hike the Parker Ridge Trail while in the vicinity

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