Perley Rock Trail

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10.0 km
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1,208 m
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Directions to Trailhead

The Perley Rock Trail is a tough uphill hiking route in Glacier National Park that crosses over several rivers and streams on the way to a ridge that offers a viewpoint over the immense Illecillewaet Glacier. Along the trail, you will experience beautifully scenic views of the valley and surrounding mountains before visiting the glacier for an up-close view of its frosty surface and unique ice caves. Make sure to pack adequate layers, as it can be very chilly up by the glacier.

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Route Description for Perley Rock Trail

The Perley Rock Trail is a challenging out-and-back hiking route in Glacier National Park that features river crossings and amazing glacier views. The trail climbs uphill over 10.0 km with an elevation gain of 1,208 m, making this route a bit of a grind. This is definitely offset by the stunning views over the alpine valley surrounded by rugged mountains, as well as the opportunity to hike a bit beyond the end of the trail to visit the imposing mass of the Illecillewaet Glacier up-close. This route is one of the best in the area and should be added to your list if you are planning a trip to Glacier National Park.

Getting to the Perley Rock Trail Trailhead

To access the parking area for the Perley Rock Trail from Revelstoke, head east along BC-1 E for a distance of 61.0 km and make a right turn toward the Illecillewaet Campground, where you will find parking and the trailhead.

Route Information

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  • Backcountry Campsites

    Illecillewaet Campground

  • Pets allowed

    Yes - On Leash

  • Family friendly


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  • Route Type

    Out and back

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