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Wilcox Pass Hike

  Ratings:    Ratings 5 Star
Level: Moderate Time/Dist: 2 to 3 hours / 8K return Elevation Gain: 520m

 

Trailhead: Wilcox Pass is located near the Columbia Icefields, 100kms south of Jasper and approximately 111kms north of Lake Louise. The east end trailhead is located at the entrance to the Wilcox Creek Campground. The west end trailhead can be found 14kms west at Tangle Falls on the Jasper highway. Jasper National Park.

Description: The trail starts just short of the alpine zone where you'll find beautiful meadows, Big Horn Sheep and outstanding views of the Columbia Icefields area. Wilcox Pass may be one the finest hikes found in Jasper National Park. You won't find a better view of the surrounding glaciated peaks, Mount Athabasca, Mount Andromeda, Snow Dome and Mount Kitchener. As you're hiking along the ridge towards the summit of Wilcox Pass, the full 6km length of the Athabasca glacier stays in view. There are several creeks running through the surrounding meadows with wildflowers growing everywhere. Big Horn Sheep are used to the hordes of hikers and often very close to the trail, especially during the early morning hours and at dusk. Continue on until you reach the pass summit sign where the meadows are a full 1km wide. From here you can continue on straight ahead towards Tangled Falls, or take a trail to your left that leads to the ridge overlooking the Icefields Centre and Mount Wilcox. Wilcox Pass can also be accessed from the Climbers Tenting Campground by hiking straight up Wilcox Creek behind the Campground. This is the quickest and easiest route to open views on the pass. If you're staying at the Wilcox Creek Campground you can hike an unmarked trail that is located at the top loop near the pump shack. Wilcox Pass is a great one way shuttle hike. Park a second vehicle at Tangled Falls 14kms west of here and hike the entire pass ending at Wilcox Creek Campground. You'll enjoy the solitude on the Tangled Falls half of the hike. Allow 4-6 hours to do the entire pass one way.

Near Here: Local campgrounds include Wilcox Creek, Icefields Centre Parking Lot, Columbia Icefields Tents Only. There are several hikes located in this area. Parker Ridge, Hilda Ridge, Hilda Glacier, Boundary Peak, Boundary Lake, Nigel Pass, Weeping Wall, Mount Athabasca Alpine Climb, Mount Athabasca North Glacier, Castleguard Mountain Alpine Climb and the Saskatchewan Glacier. You are in bear country.

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