Mount Athabasca is located
near the Columbia Icefields, 100kms
south of Jasper
and approximately 111kms
north of Lake Louise. Park at the lot directly across the highway in front of
the Icefields Centre. Jasper National Park.
Description: This is an
unmarked unofficial trail. Walk up
the paved snow coach road until you reach the outflow of the north glacier
located on the left side of the road. Find a well worn climbers trail on the
right side of the outflow that leads towards Mount Athabasca. Follow the trail
as it steeply climbs through rock and scree. Once your level with the col ahead
of you take the left branching trail and follow the scree trail that leads to
the toe of the north Glacier. Expect to see alpine mountaineering schools
teaching glacier travel on and around the toe of the north glacier. Stay off the
ice unless you have mountaineering experience. The ice here is steeper than it
looks and without the proper gear or experience you're risking serious injury.
On your return trip it is well worth the effort to hike up the lateral moraine to the north for
better views of the Athabasca Glacier, Mount Athabasca and the Silver Horn.
During the summer months you may see climbers descending Mount Athabasca's north
face early morning.
Local campgrounds include
Icefields Centre Parking Lot,
Columbia Icefields Tents Only. There are several hikes located in this area.
Athabasca Alpine Climb, Mount Athabasca North Glacier,
Mountain Alpine Climb
You are in bear country.