Wilcox Pass – Jasper
This hike is A-1 sauce, the bee’s knees!!! One of the most gratifying little treks that you won’t regret!
Wilcox Pass is located on the 93, a five minute drive southeast from the Columbia Icefields mega tourist center. Look out for the green sign saying, “Wilcox Campground/Wilcox Creek” because if you’re distracted by looking at the Athabasca Glacier or if you blink, you’ll miss it, like we did.
This trail is a good uphill climb for the first hour and 1/2. Debbie is enthusiastically itching her bug bites from our episode at Taylor Lake.
We have since learned + apply bug spray all over – even on our scalps!!! Gross I know, but these mosquitoes are the devil!!!
They sound like little mountain goats! Locals snicker at the bear bells + tell me that they’re pretty much useless – a bear would definitely not hear these bells if you happen to be hiking along a rushing creek + the bells aren’t that loud. There’s definitely bears in the Rockies – so invest in bear spray + talk really loudly to give bears a chance to slink away. They don’t want to run into us as much as we don’t want to run into them!
Also, I don’t want to get all hall monitor on you guys, but do not veer off the trail. You could be trampling on some sensitive little plants. I’ll admit, we got off the trail to eat lunch on a rock outcropping. We made a mistake. We’re human! But don’t follow in our footsteps!
Wilcox Pass is a total winner! A 4-5 hour hike, with a lot of uphill, but with such beautiful rewards!!! We wanted to walk further in the valley, but it was getting late. Good timing, because once we had descended + hopped in the car, the rain came pouring down!!! If you are heading towards Jasper, this is a gold star!!!!