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Wilcox Pass
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Reviewed August 25, 2012

Parking can be difficult, but once you have that taken care of, this is an excellent hike. Above tree line mountain scenery, and I have seen big horn sheep each time I've been here! Once the icefield center is out of view, this hike is amazing.

1  Thank HemisphereRambler
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Reviewed June 25, 2012

We did the full length of Wilcox Pass trail at the end of June 2012 and although it was passable much of it was still very muddy, many of the streams were fast flowing and difficult to cross and about 10% of the pass was under snow. However the views of the Athabasca Glacier are outstanding (despite the scar of the bus road) and the alpine flowers were already in view on the ascent and beginning their display on the sunnier and rockier parts of the pass. The trail car park was almost full on our return on a weekday in June so parking may be a problem on July/August weekends.

3  Thank StevenC75
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Reviewed May 2, 2012

We have hiked Wilcox Pass many times in several seasons. The best time to visit is definitely in July when the wild flowers are blooming. From the top fo the pass you have a magnificent view of the Athabasca Glacier. The alpine meadows provide a superb picnic site.

2  Thank wwrj
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Reviewed January 10, 2012

The hike up to Wilcox Pass will probably be one of the highlights of your trip to the Rockies. It's not very hard to do, and it has a little bit of everything.

Avoid the tourist traps at Columbia Icefields, and drive just a bit further south to the Wilcox Pass trailhead. From the parking area, the trail climbs steadily through forest and soon pops out onto a spectacular ridge with views of the Icefields across the valley. It climbs steadily from there all the way to Wilcox Pass.

Before the glaciers receded, Wilcox was the only route past the Athabasca Glacier, and it is possible to follow the trail all the way down to its exit at Tangle Falls. Unfortunately, a proposed new commercial development on Tangle Ridge will close off that access, so enjoy it while you can!

At the right time of the year (late July, early August) the meadows of Wilcox Pass have an incredible display of flowers. I don't usually take photos of flowers, but there are so many and they are so beautiful that I just had to! You will also bump into the local herd of mountain sheep - give them plenty of room. There is a cairn at the top, which is a good place to stop for a snack, or stronger hikers can continue to Wilcox Peak.

This is not a very difficult trail, with only about 325 metres of elevation, all on a moderate slope.

6  Thank petey1955
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Reviewed September 13, 2011

Started the Wilcox Pass Trail off the Icefields Parkway at 7:35 a.m. We were the first car in the parking lot at Wilcox Creek. This hike of 5 miles (8 km) with an elevation gain of 1100 ft (335 m) took us 4 hours, 20 minutes (which includes our lunch stop and the added distance up Mt. Wilcox). This distance is only to the official Wilcox Pass marker, a tall pole with a hiker sign on a rock mound - not a very interesting ending to your hike. However, if you turn Left from here and head up toward Mt. Wilcox you will get increasingly better views. Also after cresting the first ridge we saw the Big Horn Rocky Mountain Sheep that were at the second ridge. So we continued to the second ridge to the cairn that marks the highest point on that ridge. After stopping to take many photos of the sheep, we hiked back down to a more protected area out of the wind to eat our packed lunch and watch the sheep. It was very cold and windy at Wilcox pass, even though it was still and warm at the trailhead, so pack extra clothes. The highlight of this trail, for us, was the close proximity of the big horn sheep. For mountain views, we liked other trails better. As we concluded our lunch, the big horn sheep had moved on and the solitude of our surroundings was gone due to the long stream of hikers invading the Pass. Go early!!

7  Thank TNKaz
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