Hike along the Athabasca Glacier

3 Miles Round Trip - 700 ft gain - Out-and-Back Trail

Athabasca Glacier Viewpoint Trailhead - Search Nearby - 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.  

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3 Miles
700 ft elevation gain
Out-and-Back Trail

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50409 Alberta 16, Canada

Hinton / Jasper KOA

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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.