Avalanche Crest Trail

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Columbia-Shuswap Regional District, British Columbia



Avalanche Crest Trail is a hiking trail located in Glacier National Park. Length - 5 km (one way) Hiking time - 3 hours (uphill) Elevation range - 1250 to 2239 m (989m) Trailhead - Illecillewaet Campground From November through May each year this crest spawns numerous avalanches which threaten the Trans-Canada Highway. The treeless slopes stretching down the mountain offer proof to summer hikers of this winter phenomenon. This trail has particularly good views of the transportation history of Rogers Pass, including the original route of the Canadian Pacific Railway. It is from somewhere in the vicinity of Avalanche Crest that Major Rogers first viewed this famous pass in 1881. Watch for hoary marmots, porcupines, Clark's nutcracker and pikas. You may see woodpeckers in the small burned-over areas along the trail. The trail ends in an open alpine basin nestled between Avalanche Crest and a ridge from Eagle Peak. If conditions are favourable, many hikers pick their own route up the crest (2375 m) and enjoy a panoramic view from the high country.

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Lat: 51.263371 Lng: -117.4914

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User 47857

Steep trail into an alpine basin The nearby left ridge overlooks the highway/railway corridor. 5 hours, 8.2km 795m elevation gane. (Info vc rogers pass). #11 route


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