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The most stunning views - hard hike though. Well worth it.

Hard in winter season but worth for it

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16 days ago

There was snow on the trail from the trailhead up. It was slippery on parts, but not so much that we had to use our icers. Hiking poles are highly recommended and probably necessary at this time of year! The final scramble up was tough with thigh-high snow, but well worth the trek. Gorgeous panoramic view from the top. This is really a beautiful hike. Took us two hours up and just under two hours down.

Didn’t get all the way to the top because it started pouring rain on us but it was definitely beautiful!

whilst thirds walk is moderately trafficked in early Oct it may bee worth not getting there too early and follow someone else up the trail. We started the trail alone and saw fresh bear prints not far in. The trail was reasonably tiring but well worth the effort. The panoramic views from the top were amazing.

Spectacular views once you get up towards the peak .. the snow caps looked amazing .. lots of ice on the trail now and cleats or poles are almost a must have to get up high enough .. was challenging without being too difficult but was well worth it .. make the trek if you’re in Jasper, it’s worth it!

hiking
27 days ago

Great hike, majestic view. The last part of the hike was gorgeous, so steep you might have to use your hands to climb but definitely manageable with enough patience and courage. It was chilly at the top so definitely made sure you bring enough clothes. The slide down from the top was fun. Highly recommend if you want to see an overview of the lake.

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This hike was well worth the ass kicking it gives you on the way up. Some of the most beautiful angles of the Jasper Valley you can get.

There was a foot or snow on it when we went and cornices were starting to take shape on the summit ridge. I wouldn't try this in a month or so when snow will be deep and avalanche risks will be present.

What a brilliant hike. Even in the snow it was peaceful, beautiful, and calm. We took the shortcut that was harder (turn left about 2.5km in, don't worry there's a sign!) and we survived without spikes on our boots or using our poles. That part was harder, but I wouldn't call it difficult. Stunning surroundings, awesome views, and light traffic. Bliss! We ended up bailing and turning back from the ridge as there wasn't an actual trail in the snow. Folks trudged up the mountain in all different directions in turn ripping up the vegetation, so we decided to go back. We took the fire route down which was longer but oh so pleasant. I'd love to come back and do the full route (we did 11 of the 13.5km in about 3.5 hours with tons of breaks) and it was breathtaking. Absolutely worth stopping to catch your breath on the way up only to lose it again with the views!

hiking
1 month ago

I honestly really enjoyed this hike. It was my first time doing this hike, but my boyfriends 2nd. I was stubborn and thought my runners were fine (as its what I climb most moutains in) but boy was I wrong. We started earlier in the morning, and the trail was fairly snowcovered, over a foot near the top of fresh powder. I couldnt scramble to the summit, because of how icy it was in combination to my footwear but made it to the turn around point. The view was awesome, but fairly clouded over while it started to snow!

Amazing views and moderate intensity trail. Rewarding trip to the summit.

A superb hike up to the gondola, latter half in partial snow end sep, but reasonably easy to follow. From the gondola an additional 3.5km up an easy winding snow path, passed the false summit to the real summit, well traversed by gondola visitors, with a superb 360 deg view.

hiking
1 month ago

Completed Wilcox Pass on Sept 23, 2018 on the way to Jasper. Fantastic Hike, well worth the stop! great rewarding family hike if you want a bit of a challenge too. You’re at high altitude so slow and steady wins the race! Completed in about 3 hours with plenty of stops to take pictures.

Well maintained switchback trail, once you pass the red Muskoka chairs the trail thins out but is still easily identifiable. We also saw the Herd of big horn sheep! Stopped once we reached the pass — noticed quite a few folks pushing further up (set aside 4-6 hours depending on your skill level for that.

We reached the pass where the tundra opened up and the views were breathtaking. Seeing the glacier on one side and an open tundra on the other is like no other! We even found a Geocash! So cool!

Wow. This hike is amazing, challenging, and gorgeous. We went in the beginning of October, so we expected snow up at the top, but didn’t expect it at the start. When we checked the trail report that morning it said the trail condition was good, but with snow at the top, so when we arrived we were surprised to see snow at the head of the trail. We decided to keep going anyways, trusting the trail report and seeing other hikers come out okay. This will forever be a special hike to me, since this was my first time ever hiking to the top of the mountain. There was snow all along the trail, but it got especially slippery and thick up at the top. A LOT of ice along the switchbacks near the top. Several times I slipped and, quite frankly, almost slipped off the side of the mountain. I was scared, but also determined to finish, since I knew the views from the top looked fabulous. Don’t do that! I was stupid for keeping going. I had no crampons or hiking sticks and I could have died. If you feel uncomfortable, turn back and get what you need to feel comfortable. The higher you go up, the harder it is. There is a part after the tree line that seems like it’s the top, but its not, there is a little bit more to go. That part is definitely a scramble. Take it slow and focus on your balance because doing it when it was icy had me terrified I was going to roll off the side of the mountain. (Again, I was stupid and no one should follow what I did!) But this hike was great. I’d say it took 3 hours to get up and an hour to get down. The ice helped in getting down, since we could pretty much slide down the top half of the mountain. The views were stunning on the way up to the top and at the actual top. Its exactly what I would picture the view from a top of a mountain would look like! Some people made snowmen along the way, which made us smile. Enjoy this hike, just be smart about it! Lots of people on the trail and they were all helping each other out. One guy had on nikes and he was slipping very very badly. A stranger he didn’t know lent him one of her walking sticks and held onto him the entire way down. If you need help, ask! No one will leave you! Worth every second of it.

Did this hike in Sept 2018 during a snow storm. It was challenging hike with lots of ice covering the entire trail. Hiking poles would have been a great help. Views from the top are absolutely amazing and worth every bit of it.

1 month ago

Great hike with awesome views

We took the tram up, then hiked up to both summits, then took the tram back down. Beautiful experience! really worth it. Took us about 2 hours in total. Bit pricy but good overall.

Awesome views.

Great trail with very rewarding views! Took us 3.5 hours with lots of stops for pictures and a short break at the top.

Nice hike! The wide gravel path up was nice, great view looking back. You have the option to cut up and take the trail in the trees, would definitely make it a bit harder(I would definitely take the fire road on the way up). We took the trail route on the way down for a change of scenery. Took my partner and I about an hour and a bit up. Pretty fast coming down. If your going at a steady pace wouldn’t take longer than 2.5 hrs, with a fair break at the top.

hiking
2 months ago

This is the most difficult hike I have done to date. Would I do it again? Heck yes! Slow and steady will reward you with stunning views. It took me (I would consider myself in good shape but not a hiking pro) two hours to reach the top, where I sat and ate my lunch that I had brought up with me. In totally I spent about 4 hours conquering the sulphur skyline and rewarded myself with a soak in the hot springs afterwards.

hiking
2 months ago

Did this one last Saturday starting around 9 AM. We got there early and had a chance to explore the pass before the weather clouded over and rain arrived. A moderate switchbacked trail approach to the tree line and then a pleasant uphill walk among alpine tundra to the pass. We encountered a small group of bighorn sheep just off the trail that were wary but undeterred by our presence as they grazed among the rocks. The views seems to go on for miles and we walked along the faint trail beyond the pass marker for about a mile before the winds prompted us to turn back. At 7700 ft. it’s cold and windy but worth it. The views remind one of the Scottish Highlands and are otherworldly given the minimal effort expended to reach them. There is a side trail to an overlook of the Athabasca Glacier from the pass that we opted not to explore given the awesome views of the Columbia Icefield leading up the trail.

hiking
2 months ago

Got there 2p.m. in the afternoon. 10KM out and back. Only 2 other people on the top. Super gorgeous. Be sure to check out the hot springs source after your hike.

2 months ago

Really enjoyed this one! So many interesting views, and we saw a large herd of bighorn sheep which was a bonus. It was pretty busy on a Friday afternoon, but everyone was polite.

Those not looking for a big hike can stop halfway at the red Adirondack chairs looking out over the Athabasca Glacier, but the meadow up toward the top is absolutely stunning and worth seeing!

There’s a steady incline with some rocky portions, but not a tough hike by any means. We saw lots of different age groups (and a few dogs) up there.

Don’t miss this one!

My husband I hiked this on 9/5. We are a fit 33 & 35. We started around 2:15pm and maybe saw 12 people on the trail total. It does get busier once you reach the sky tram, but they were all headed back as we were going up. We were the only 2 at the summit. We stopped to eat our packed lunch, but there is a restaurant if you wanted that. Parts of the trail are a bit muddy and 2 trees were blocking the trail the first quarter mile or so. You can easily maneuver you way around these so it’s no big deal. We used trekking poles on this hike. I’d recommend them because some parts can be pretty steep especially once you get closer to the summit (the snow is melting and creating a muddy mess). The views from the top are beautiful! You can see the town of Jasper and mountain ranges 360. The only wildlife we saw were pikas around the boulder fields. The whole hike took us about 5 hours, but we stopped to eat, took a couple short breaks up and at the summit. I’d highly recommend this hike if you want a challenge!

hiking
2 months ago

It get crowded fast, get boots on the ground by 7am to summit by 9am and have the views to yourself. We got there was still a light dusting of snow that had us laying down first tracks... but hordes of people soon followed. Amazing 360 views.
*get up fast and take pics on the way down, same view point

hiking
2 months ago

I was looking forward to doing this hike and it didn’t disappoint. Much of it was uphill and we climbed quickly to amazing views. Both the red chairs and the bighorn sheep were a bonus. It’s a fun, interesting hike. The only disappointment was at the top, no glacial lake or real reward as we’re used to in Colorado, BUT this was still a fabulous hike on a beautiful sunny day!

Best hike in Jasper. Nice views all along the way to the top. Be sure to go to the far back of the trail and climb to that top. Far best view of all!

hiking
2 months ago

Tackled this hike in the afternoon after doing a boat trip to Spirit Island. There’s a parking lot close to the trailhead (it’s on the left, past the big lot for the boat tours). The trail starts off in a forested area with a steady incline - it’s not super interesting until you get high enough for some views. As you climb higher, look behind you every once in a while.

The views get better as you get further up the trail. It was pretty busy, but everyone was polite and it didn’t feel as crowded as the hikes around Banff. The last portion was very steep and a bit slick/muddy, but we opted to go straight up. There was a mellower trail off to the left.

The views from the top are phenomenal - I’d recommend packing a lunch to eat up there.

The best part was that we saw a grizzly bear and three cubs off the trail! While it was very exciting, people traveling in smaller groups should exercise caution in this area.

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