Hike along the Athabasca Glacier

Canada Athabasca Glacier Viewpoint Trailhead

Added by Paul Kestel

Experience this Glacier before it is gone! This is an amazing up close hiking experience.  

This is not an advertisement for the guided tour, but you will see so much more of the glacier than if you do a bus tour or just visit the roped off visitor area. Do you research and you can find a company that will take you up onto the glacier safely. It was amazing looking into the crevasses and not being able to see the bottom. It really puts into perspective how small we really are!

It is important to experience this glacier and they predict that it will not last another 100 years at the rate that it is melting. This has a truly spectacular views all the way around. 

Make sure to bring plenty of options for clothes as the weather changes very quickly. It was very windy the day we went, but not that cold.  

Pack List

  • Warm Clothes - Think Layers
  • Rain Jacket
  • Hiking Boots
  • Gloves
  • Sunglasses
  • Camera
  • Water 
  • Money - This trip does cost,unless you stay in roped off areas.
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Activities:

Hiking, Photography

Skill Level:

Intermediate

Season:

Spring, Summer, Autumn

Trail Type:

Out-and-Back

Distance:

3 Miles

Elev. Gain:

700 Feet

Rating:

Features:

Bathrooms
Easy Parking
Scenic

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5 months ago

Memorable experience

Walking on top of a glacier, feeling the ice, drinking the water. There's nothing quite like it. See any glacier you can! Athabasca is pretty accessible, which makes it a good place to go if you've got young kids or don't feel like walking too far. Pack warm clothing! The ice regulates the air temperature so it can feel cool on any day.

5 months ago

Added by Paul Kestel

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