Mount Athabasca parking lot next to the Athabasca
Glacier snow coach road directly across the highway in front of the Icefields
south of Jasper
and approximately 111kms
north of Lake Louise. Jasper National Park.
Description: This is an
unmarked unofficial trail and more of a scramble than hike. There is
considerable elevation gain over steep loose scree with little to no exposure
except for the summit. Walk up
the paved snow coach road until you reach the outflow of the north glacier and
the climbers parking lot, locate the trail on the left side of the outflow. The
right side leads towards the North Glacier of Mount Athabasca. Follow the trail
as it climbs up the meadows and enjoy the excellent views of Mount Athabasca and
the Athabasca Glacier. Stay left of the main ridge and continue on towards
Boundary Peak straight ahead. Work your way up to the saddle between the ridge
and the west face of Boundary Peak. From the saddle Boundary peak looms above
and now the real grind begins over big, loose steep talus. I found the ascent is
easier over undisturbed scree. There is a well worn route to left of the west
face that makes for a better descent, it's to loose to ascend. Continue on then scramble up an
easy 2m rock ledge located just below the the summit. Views from the summit are
absolutely stunning. Athabasca Glacier, Little Athabasca Mount Athabasca and
it's north and east glaciers are all in view. Boundary Lakes
glistens in the sun way below you. Climbers can have a good look at all the climbing
routes located on Mount Athabasca. To descend Boundary Peak follow the summit
ridge trail a short distance north then down the northwest face. The trail is a
well worn trench in the scree, you can maintain a controlled slide most of the way down.
Keep your eye out for Bighorn Sheep.
Local campgrounds include
Icefields Centre Parking Lot,
Columbia Icefields Tents Only. There are several hikes located in this area.
Athabasca Alpine Climb, Mount Athabasca North Glacier,
Mountain Alpine Climb
You are in bear country.