Mount Wilcox

One of the early and memorable hikes that I did in the Rockies was the Wilcox Pass trail. It is a fantastic trip in itself, and can be turned into an exciting through-hike via the Tangle Creek drainage if you have two cars, or don’t mind hitchhiking back on the parkway. On this outing, I decided to scramble up Mount Wilcox, a modest peak (2884m) on the westen edge of the pass, affording incredible views into the Columbia Icefields area.

While there are two options to approach Mount Wilcox, I opted for the slightly longer approach via the Wilcox Pass trailhead that departs from the campground
Bighorn sheep grazing in the pass
Looking up Mount Wilcox from the pass. The route follows scree slopes near the lower-left and eventually gains the ridge, which it follows via a moderate scramble, to the summit
Looking North towards the summit from a nub along the ridge
Gazing down at the Icefields Parkway
Mount Athabasca and the Athabasca Glacier from the summit
An intriguing crater in the mountainside to the East of Mount Wilcox
Panoramic view of Wilcox Pass and Mount Athabasca (right) from the ridge of Mount Wilcox

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