Albertawow

Sunset Lookout Hike

  Ratings:    Ratings 4 Star
Level: Moderate Time/Dist: 2 to 3 hours / 9K return Elevation Gain: 390m

Trailhead: Park at the Sunset Pass trail head parking lot 17kms north of Saskatchewan Crossing on the east side of the Icefields Parkway. Banff National Park.

Description: Locate the trail next to parking lot and continue on as it climbs up an endless amount of very steep switchbacks. In a short distance you'll pass by Norman Creek waterfall. Keep going for approximately 3kms until you reach the top of the switchbacks and a signed trail junction to Sunset Pass. Take the trail to your left towards the lookout. Continue on for another 1.6kms as it slowly climbs through an old spruce and fir forest then veers left towards the top of a cliff ledge located just below you. Be careful here, the cliff ledge is narrow with little standing room. There are also old cables and steel bars you can trip on that have been left from an old fire lookout. Views from here are well worth the effort. The confluence of the North Saskatchewan River and the Alexander River are located on the valley bottom 390ms below you. One would never know the Alexandra river existed as the north Saskatchewan River makes it difficult to view from the highway. Both rivers are braided at this location creating a mesmerizing view of the valley bottom and the Icefields Parkway. The two major glaciated peaks in view are Mount Saskatchewan to your right and Mount Amery straight ahead.

Near Here: Local campgrounds include Rampart Creek, Thompson Creek, Two O'clock Creek and Crescent Falls Campground. Trailheads to Alexandra's Henry's Trail, Big Whirlpool, Glacier Lake, Kinglet Lake, Loudan Creek, Icefalls Two O'clock Creek, Sunset Pass, Owen Creek, Siffleur Falls, Tuff Puff, Two O'clock Ridge, Coral Ridge, Vision Quest, Hoodoo Creek, Allstones Creek, Allstones Lake, Crescent Falls, Siffleur Falls, are all located near here. You are in bear country.

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Mount Amery, North Saskatchewan River, Alexandra River  
   
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  Norman Creek waterfall
   
   
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