Views of the Whistlers Mountain and Indian Ridge hike in Jasper National Park
Views of the Whistlers Mountain and Indian Ridge hike in Jasper National Park

Whistlers Mountain and Indian Ridge hike

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Whistlers Mountain and Indian Ridge hike

Distance: 5.5mi
Elevation: 2,461ft
Time: 3 - 5 h

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Want a great walk in Jasper? Try this hike from the top of the Jasper SkyTram to Whistlers Mountain and onwards to Indian Ridge. The first section is typically crowded, but for some solitude, continue over the peak, then down and back-up partway of Indian Ridge.

Whistlers Mountain and Indian Ridge hike Map

Getting there

From Jasper take Highway 93 (Icefields Parkway) for 1.1mi, turning left onto the signed roadway for the Jasper SkyTram, parking at the base of the tram. We recommend taking the tram ride to the trailhead, though you could walk the steep 3.9mi trail.

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About

When to do

June through October

Backcountry Campsites

N/A

Toilets

Tram

Family friendly

Older Children only

Route Signage

Average

Crowd Levels

Moderate

Route Type

Out and back


Whistlers Mountain and Indian Ridge
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Route Description for Whistlers Mountain and Indian Ridge

From the top of the gondola, take the only trail that goes up 0.7mi to Whistlers Peak. You may get confused and find yourself at the false peak, but note that the real peak has dozens of Cairns and a large compass at the top. Here is where the official trail ends.

You can see Indian Ridge from the summit of Whistlers, as well as beautiful views down past the town of Jasper to Pyramid Mountain. Cross over the large marsh to the left side of the semicircular ridge. You will not be doing to entire traverse, as it turns into a technical scramble right before Indian Peak.

The path is visible from the summit of Whistlers. Descend to your right to the far shoulder of Whistlers peak then head straight down towards the visible trail ascending the left-hand side of Indian Ridge. Upon arriving at the base of Indian Ridge, the path becomes extremely steep. It progresses up a scree slope – so watch your step!

As you climb the ridge you will pass over four humps, each progressively getting steeper. Upon arriving at the fifth (Indian Summit) you will find the technical difficulty of the scramble increasing. We stopped before the summit, as the route was simply too dangerous due to the loose rock. If you are using your hands you have gone too far, unless you have the experience and equipment to safely complete the fifth hump. But don’t worry, many of the most stunning views are found along the first part of the hike.

As you climb along the ridge you can look around the edge to the orange Terminal Mountain, and left to see the top lift of the Marmot Ski hill peeking out above a pass. Looking the other way into the valley within Indian Ridge grants a stunning view of lush greenery, and a serene dry riverbed.

Take extreme care when descending, as the rock is loose and can be very slippery when wet. Return towards Whistler Peak and continue along the path. There is a cafe at the gondola terminal. Remember your ticket for the way down.

Insider Hints

  • Even if you don’t want to do Indian Ridge, definitely take the Jasper Skytram and hike up to the top of Whistlers Mountain.  The views are wonderful.  There are often discounts if you book in advance.

  • The HI Jasper Hostel is located on the road up to the Jasper Skytram.  This is a well-run Hostel that is clean with good staff.

  • We prefer to get the tram up early in the morning.  This means we also get to stop in at The Other Paw Café and pick up a snack and a coffee for our morning trip up the Skytram.

Comments

Richy_travels 9 months ago

The altitude changes which makes the hike challenging and interesting.

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Greenlife 9 months ago

I conquered this early in the morning. So nice starting your day exploring!

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LyleM 11 months ago

The 30-45 minute walk while exposed in cold winds is definitely worth it. At the top, your eyes will be filled with what seems like an endlessly beautiful mountain ranges.

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akaneogawa 11 months ago

It's hard to say much more as words can't describe this wonderful place.

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Diana C. 2 years ago

A natural gem to unravel! Such a lovely place!

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hannahthorns 2 years ago

Exciting hike with challenging traverse! Would definitely go again in a heartbeat.

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Zina SW. 2 years ago

Wehad a wonderful time here. I highly recommend trying the SkyTram!

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kelsih_99 2 years ago

not too hard and so pretty! holy crap bring a jacket through, gets chilly in the wind.

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Rico Mambo 2 years ago

There are few challenging parts, but I still highly recommend this hike.

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Gregory J. 2 years ago

I admire the pile of stone at one point and the beautiful mountain views!

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