Panorama from the Path of the Angel Glacier hike in Jasper National Park, Alberta
Panorama from the Path of the Angel Glacier hike in Jasper National Park, Alberta

Path of the Angel Glacier hike

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Path of the Angel Glacier hike

Distance: 1.0mi
Elevation: 285ft
Time: 0.5h

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This is our favorite family-friendly hike in all of Jasper, with a well-maintained path taking you to a dramatic viewpoint up close to a glacier and stunning lake below. If you're lucky you'll see icebergs in the lake and a few marmots along the walk.

Path of the Angel Glacier hike Map

Getting there

From Jasper take the route 93 south. After approximately 7.5mi, turn right onto Mount Edith Cavell Rd. This road is extremely narrow and taking a campervan up the way is prohibited. As well, any trailer or fifth wheels must be taken off at the bottom. Continue uphill along the narrow route for almost 9.3mi until you reach the parking at the very end of the road. There is also parking across a gravel road right at the trailhead, with additional parking below right beside the street.

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About

When to do

June through October

Backcountry Campsites

No

Toilets

Trailhead

Family friendly

Yes

Route Signage

Average

Crowd Levels

High

Route Type

Out and back


Path of the Angel Glacier
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Route Description for Path of the Angel Glacier

Since you’ve gained a lot of elevation during your drive to the trailhead, remember your jacket, as it is often much colder here than down in Jasper.

The trailhead is found at the far side of the upper parking lot. The entire path is paved, though at times narrow, however it can accommodate most strollers. This short hike climbs gently up to a stunning view of the Angel Glacier, and the moraine lake below.

The large viewpoint has several information signs and is fenced off. Don’t pass the protective fencing, as calving off the glacier can create massive waves that are dangerous to those near to the lake. We’ve seen people walk down to go right beside the lake itself, however Parks Canada is quick to warn you that there is frequent rock and icefall off the Glacier and its adjacent mountains.

Take a few glances back from the viewpoint – you will see wonderful sights of the red-tinted Franchere and Aquila Mountains. Take the path back down to return to your vehicle. Drive slowly on the steep route back to Jasper.

Insider Hints

  • The drive to this hike is incredible, and many people stop to take pictures.  We recommend not stopping to take pictures as the road is very narrow.

  • The Edith Cavell Hostel is a great base to explore this area.  You can hike this Angel Glacier Hike, or Cavell Meadows hike one day and then head to Verdant Pass another day.

  • Many tourists like to get as close as possible to the small lake filled with chunks of ice below the Angel Glacier. However, Parks Canada recommends staying well back from the lake, as there is frequent rockfall and icefall.

Comments

hunter 4 months ago

Sept 15/21 my daughter, cousin and I hiked to the base of Angel glacier. It took us 2 hrs to hike there, mostly sideways and an hour to hike back..I just turned 67 years old last month and I will do it again. I felt emotional to be able to touch this beautiful glacier...it was a dream come true and my second best experience in my life 🙏❤️❗

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PeterHopkins 1 year ago

Stunning! No wonder why this hike is crowds favorite

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kelsih_99 1 year ago

suuuper quick and easy, I did this with my older parents and they were totally fine. nice view though! good for a chill, easy one

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Alex Samuel 2 years ago

It was a great experience. You'll see melting glaciers and amazing landscapes. Can't help but admire it.

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Jackson C. 2 years ago

We told ourselves we'll do this hike too, after seeing the views from Cavell Meadows. Definitely worth it!

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Mandy H. 2 years ago

The glaciers were enourmous! It was amazing!

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hannahthorns 2 years ago

Path of the Angel Glacier is a wonderful work of an art. Amazing landscapes and scenery awaits at the top.

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SebClyde 2 years ago

Stunning scenery all the way...just epic!

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Luna M. 2 years ago

Exquisite view of glaciers and mountains up close!

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Gregory J. 3 years ago

Unbelievable views! It was a great discovery.

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