Little Jimmy Simpson & Iceberg Lake

Since I first laid eyes on Bow Glacier from the Icefields Parkway, I wanted to ascend to its toe. I don’t know why I waited so long. I had been up to Bow Hut in 2009, and imagined the undertaking to reach Iceberg Lake as being more challenging. Little did I know that the only think separating the hoards from reaching this pleasant position is a brief but chilly river ford. Having read other trip accounts, I decided to begin the day with an ascent of Little Jimmy Simpson. I don’t know if I have ever received such a reward with so little toil in the Rockies. Through and through this is a highly recommended outing!

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Little Jimmy Simpson on the right, Iceberg Lake on the left
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The ascent path to Little Jimmy Simpson departs the lakeshore and climbs a ridge to this viewpoint above Bow Lake
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Waterfall en route
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The views just get better with elevation, and that is easily gained
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Iceberg Lake coming into view above a heathery meadow
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After descending Simpson, I followed the approach to Bow Hut, fording the river and making my way towards the lateral moraine cone. The route was well-trodden and even marked with flagging in places!
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Crowfoot Mountain from just below Iceberg Lake
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Made it to Iceberg Lake, without breaking a sweat!
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