This permanent snowfield or glacier was a standout. If you look closely on the lower left edge, you might see what appears to be a person, but since it was still there an hour or so later I’d say unless it’s a frozen body, it’s something else.
Clearly this trail has been loved to death. This is a well-built switchback trail but many hikers have decided to shortcut the switchbacks. It appears that the maintenance crews first decided to resolve the erosion problem on these social trails with stairs. When that didn’t work they placed sign posts and barricades at every shortcut. Want to guess how many signs have been placed? I counted 75, and guess what, the shortcut trails are still being used. Clearly a better solution is needed.
- Date Hiked: 09/28/16
- Mileage: 4 miles round trip (plus lots more exploration opportunities available)
- Tip: Hike the Wilcox Pass Trail while in the vicinity
- Gem Trek Publishing, Best of the Icefields Parkway (Trail Map & Guide)
- Gem Trek Publishing, Columbia Icefield (Trail Map & Guide)
- Canadian Rockies Trail Guide by Brian Patton and Bart Robinson
- Don’t Waste Your Time In The Canadian Rockies: The Opinionated Hiking Guide by Kathy and Craig Copeland
- Classic Hikes in the Canadian Rockies by Graeme Pole
- Handbook of the Canadian Rockies by Ben Gadd