hikes Along Icefields Parkway
hikes Along Icefields Parkway
Hiking on the famous Icefields Parkway (Highway 93N) is incredible. This famously beautiful highway, running from Banff to Jasper, is teaming with world-class hikes. Here we share our favourite hikes in the section of the Icefield Parkway between Lake Louise and the Columbia Icefields. Find the best short hikes that take you to incredible viewpoints as well as stunning full-day walks!
We love hiking on the Icefields Parkway. The hikes here range from easy walks to stunning viewpoints to wonderful backcountry hikes to mountain tops and incredible mountain passes. This area is less busy then either Jasper or Lake Louise and is worth a few days to explore. If you want to see the best of Canada’s Rocky Mountains, then check out some of our hikes on the Icefield Parkway!
- Helen Lake and Cirque Peak (17.2km, 1010m, 6-8h): One of the most popular hikes on the Icefields Parkway, hiking to Helen Lake and Cirque Peak is spectacular. The hike from Helen Lake up to Cirque Peak provides incredible views. Be warned that this is a challenging day with steady uphill climbs, particularly the final push to the top of Cirque Peak, which also involves some scrambling.
- North Molar Pass (23.9km, 737m, 7-10h): The hiking trail to North Molar Pass takes you to one of the most amazing, vast alpine meadows in Banff National Park. This long day hike has ample rewards for strong hikers. Add this hike to your bucket-list!
- Parker Ridge Trail (5.9km, 250m, 1.5-3h): Hiking up Parker Ridge is another classic hike on the highway from Lake Louise to Jasper. This hike unlocks some amazing views of the Saskatchewan Glacier, the largest of the Columbia Icefield’s six valley outlet glaciers. This hike is a great stop when driving the Icefield Parkway between Lake Louise and Jasper.
- Wilcox Pass (9.8km, 409m, 3-4h): The Wilcox Pass hike offers hikers easy access to alpine meadows as well as incredible views of the peaks and glaciers on the eastern edge of the Columbia Icefield. This hike is a must-do when you’re on the Icefields Parkway, and a great trail to enjoy the Athabasca Glacier for free.
- Bow Glacier Falls (8.4km, 155m, 2-3.5h): The hike to Bow Glacier Falls is exquisite. We love the hike along Bow Lake, however hiking up to Bow Glacier Falls provides enormous and wonderful views.
- Peyto Lake Viewpoint (2.6km, 80m, 0.5-1h): The hike to the Peyto Lake Viewpoint is the most popular hike on the Icefields Parkway. This hike should be on every Rockies itinerary. This viewpoint offers one of the finest views of Peyto Lake on an accessible, family-friendly hike. While the main Peyto Lake viewpoint is crowded, make sure to visit the second one, which is often deserted.
- Sunset Pass (23.3km, 948m, 7-10h): The hike to Sunset Pass & Sunset Lookout follows a strenuous trail that hikes along a backcountry artery and through a meadow with views to the remote White Goat Wilderness Area. The steep initial ascent means crowds are low, but rewards are high. If you want a shorter day you don’t need to do both hikes.
- Nigel Pass (16.0km, 376m, 5-6h): Hiking to Nigel Pass is a rewarding day hike in the Columbia Icefield area. Nigel Pass is an open meadow with spectacular views into the backcountry of Jasper National Park. This hike is a great trail near the Columbia Icefield Discovery Centre.
- Anybody driving the Icefields Parkway should stop in at Bow Lake and do this family-friendly hike. Hiking along the edge of Bow Lake is a great break. Enjoy the great views of Bow Lake on this easy hike.
- Do you want to see the Athabasca Glacier for Free? While at the Columbia Icefields consider hiking the Toe of the Athabasca Glacier trail. This family-friendly hike is a great alternative to the expensive tour of the glacier. The Athabasca Glacier are sublime.
The best hikes Along Icefields Parkway
Yes, there are more than 10
Along Icefields Parkway is so beautiful that we can not give you only 10 hikes. So here is a list of bonus hikes in Along Icefields Parkway that you should take a look at as well
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