Wilcox Pass



Country: Canada

Location: Jasper National Park, Alberta

Round trip: 8 -12 km

Start elevation: 2040 m

Final elevation: 2500 m

Map: 1:50,000 series 83C/3

Contributor: David Sellars

getting there

On the Icefields Parkway drive to the Wilcox Creek campground 2.8 km south of the Icefield Centre.  The trailhead parking area is on the north side of the campground access road.

featured plant

Saxifraga oppositifolia

partial plant list

Saxifraga oppositifolia

Myosotis alpestris

Dryas octopetala

Anenome parviflora

Gentianella propinqua

Gentiana prostrasta

Potentilla nivea

Erigeron aureus

Erigeron compositus


Most of this hike is above the treeline with spectacular views of the Athabasca glacier and Mount Athabasca.  Starting near the Wilcox Creek campground the trail climbs through mature subalpine forest and quickly emerges onto a ridge overlooking the Icefields Centre.  Look for Gentianella propinqua and Gentiana prostrata beside the trail. 

The trial turns to the north east over alpine meadows and crosses the broad Wilcox Pass at 2375 m.  To the west, the ridge of Mount Wilcox sweeps down to the pass and the outcrops and meadows on the ridge have extensive mountain flower communities.  You can wander west and southwest across the rocks and meadows to the ridge crest overlooking the Athabasca Glacier.  Saxifraga oppositifolia was growing in crevices in many outcrops and boulders and was just starting to flower on July 19, 2006.