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Address: Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada

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Let's the glacier show begin

Wilcox Pass is the best way to enjoy Athabasca and Dome glacier. The head trail begins a couple kilometres south of Columbia Icefield Centre. Park your car and be ready for one of... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 4, 2015
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Calgary, Canada

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Calgary, Canada
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218 reviews 218 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2015

Wilcox Pass is the best way to enjoy Athabasca and Dome glacier. The head trail begins a couple kilometres south of Columbia Icefield Centre. Park your car and be ready for one of the best hikes in Canadian Rockies. For the first 20 minutes the trail goes steep through the forest until it reaches the first view point. Once you... More 

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Casablanca, Morocco
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

Since most of the reviews were from summer visits, I thought I'd share that Wilcox is also an excellent snowshoe trail in the winter. Unlike many SS routes in the Rockies, there are great views all the way up, not just a "wow" moment at the top. Going up and down on the same route takes an easy 4 hours... More 

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Sunnyvale, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

Wilcox pass can be accessed from a small trailhead a bit South from the Icefield visitor center. It is a simple hike with not a lot of elevation gain. At some point you'll need to turn left towards the glacier. After a bit of scrambling you will get an open almost 360 degree view of the Columbia glacier. Just be... More 

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Yellowknife, Canada
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218 helpful votes 218 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

This was probably one out of two best hikes we did during our stay in Jasper! The hike starts from the campground's parking lot, around 2-3 km from The Icefield Discovery Centre towards Banff (it will be on your left if driving from Jasper to Banff). The first part is through the forest, then it quickly opens up to great... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

We did this hike the same day we did Parker Ridge. They are quite different hikes and both work doing if you can find the time. The views of the Columbia Icefield once you get out of the trees is really good, with at least three glaciers visible. We saw a few mountain goats above the trees. Apparently, they are... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

We did this day hike on our way to Banff from Jasper to break up the drive and stretch out the legs, though in retrospect I would have drove to do this hike regardless. It's a moderate to strenuous ascent to the pass and there are spectacular and breathtaking views of the Athabasca glacier and the Columbia Icefields. We elected... More 

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Brussels, Belgium
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

We combined this 2,5 hour two-way trail with half a day on the Athabasca Glacier (Ice-Walk). It's a steep walk at the start and then the views start while you walk lightly hilly through nice fields with mountains around you.

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Calgary, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

We did this hike on a very hot day with a group of friends. Although the uphill climb is long, you are rewarded after you leave the trees, with stupendous views of the Icefields and mountains surrounding you, Half of our group continued on to Tangle Falls and half of us returned to the parking lot after the 4 km.... More 

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Calgary, Alberta
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

This trail was a long drive from Calgary and for me, it really didn't meet the hype of the guidebook. Kind of "meh" compared to other hikes in the area and I was a bit disappointed. I would recommend Cirque Peak instead - much more scenic variety (especially in July when you walk through a massive wildflower meadow) and more... More 

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Garland, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

The hike up to Wilcox Pass is moderate, and the views across the valley to the glaciers is spectacular. Someone has thoughtfully placed a pair of red nylon chairs at a viewpoint below the high point of the trail, and if you are there strictly for the view, you might stop there because that is about as good as it... More 

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