Perley Rock

Taking a much needed break from the Rocky Mountains, I spent two nights camping in Glacier National Park, on the divide between the Selkirk and Purcell mountain ranges. I had hiked the trail to Perley Rock in August of 2006, and remember it as one of the top three all time hikes that I have done. I even made a photograph there as part of my project Peak ( Perley Rock did not disappoint, although there was a more persistent snow pack than last time; I brought the ice axe for a couple of glissades, but it was otherwise not needed so long as one is comfortable crossing moderate snow slopes.

The route departs from the Illecillewaet campground in the valley to the left, and climbs 1100 metres to Perley Rock. We went a little beyond this, to the edge of the Illecillewaet Névé
Coming out from the trees, you have a great view of the valley scoured down to bedrock by the retreat of the Illecillewaet Glacier
The view to the North, the Illecillewaet River can be seen in the bottom left
The latter part of the trail switchbacks uphill, and is in generally very good condition. This is certainly preferable to wallowing up scree gullies
A panorama from just below the end of the trail shows (from left to right) the Illecillewaet Glacier, Lookout Mountain, Asulkan Glacier, Glacier Crest, The Dome, Rampart, and Mount Abbott / Abbott Ridge (among a few other things)
After the final uphill push, we come over a rise and the expanse of the Illecillewaet Névé unfolds in front of us
The end of the line is a sliver of rock that separates us from the forty-square-kilometer Illecillewaet Névé and all of its glacial tongues

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