Wilcox Pass Hiking Trail

Point Of Interest

4.9 from 12 users


2.4 km return to the first viewpoint, 1 hour; 8 km return to the pass, elevation gain/loss 390 m, 2-3 hours. Trailhead: The parking area on the left-hand side of the Wilcox Creek Campground entrance road, 3.1 km south of the Icefield Centre. To avoid an impassable canyon on the Sunwapta River north of the Athabasca Glacier, aboriginal families and later travellers on horseback used this bypass route, now named for early Rockies climber Walter Wilcox. The first kilometre of the trail is fairly steep, but it gets easier as you cross the treeline and reach the wide-open pass area. Watch for bighorn rams in the flowery meadows. There are grand views all along this stretch of trail. Note: the pass area can be snowy until late July. No camping or overnight parking allowed.

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Lat: 52.218245 Lng: -117.185012

User Reviews



Great walk to the red chairs. About 1.5-2 km each way. Bring snoe shoes in winter and even now.



Super nice hike! 8 km total



It is 1,4km return from the 'tents only' campground to the red chairs. Steeper but faster, and you have views the whole time.


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