Wilcox Pass Trail to Tangle Peak Trail

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Wilcox Pass Trail to Tangle Peak Trail is a 10.5 kilometer lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Saskatchewan River Crossing, Alberta, Canada that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
10.5 km
ELEVATION GAIN
1148 m
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

rocky

scramble

no shade

4 months ago

Basically Wilcox pass can be hiked from north to south vice versa or part way up and then back down either way. Tangle ridge branches off less than a km up the northern entrance to Wilcox. It heads steadily up north from there. These are two separate hikes so it's kind of misleading, often people try to find tangle ridge but end up doing the whole Wilcox pass instead. Tangle is not marked and route finding is a must for the first bit. However should you find it and push through a quad screaming trudge to the top you'll be blessed with incredible views of mt andromeda and athabasca. The Columbia icefields comes into view as do the tips of north twin and mt Columbia and an incredible view of mt Alberta. Three iconic mountains that cannot be seen from the highway!

hiking
6 months ago

An easy steady grade ascends through piney woods to views of the Columbia glacier. Sit on the iconic red Adirondack chairs and watch the Icefields trucks drive out onto the glacier and deposit little ant tourists. Keep going higher, above treeline, and feel like you're in the Alps with peaks all around and sweeping 360 degree views. Look for chunks of rock with ammonite fossils near the trail. Wear waterproof footwear, the trail can be muddy if there's been recent rain or snowfall (there was a light dusting of snow when we started out).