Athabasca Glacier Hiking Trail

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May 24, 2014: Ice walk to the toe of Athabasca Glaicer!


Athabasca Glacier is a major attraction among tourists visiting Columbia Icefield in Jasper National Park of Canada. There are two hiking trails available.

1. Forefield Trail — long hike

  • Distance: 3.6 km return (1 to 2 hours)
  • Trailhead: parking lot by the gate for Snocoach, directly across from the Icefield Centre.
  • Point of Interests: this trail let you appreciate the lateral moraines and glacial debris that the Athabasca Glacier has left behind. There are also signs along the trail, indicating the locations where the glacier sat way back to year 1908! How neat is that?! And yes, you get to see the beautiful Sunwapta Lake up close!!

2. Toe of Athabasca Glacier — short hike

  • Distance: 1.8 km return (1 hour)
  • Trailhead is a continuation from the Forefield Trail. The hike reaches the toe of Athabasca Glacier. This trailhead sometimes is closed, so you will have to start hiking from Forefield Trail. If this trailhead is open, you can simply “drive” there and start hiking directly to the toe of glacier in no time.
  • Point of Interests: toe of Athabasca Glacier! How fun is that?!?! The trail exposes the glacially smoothed limestone surfaces that were under the ice in the 1950s.

Official Athabasca Glacier Trail Map from Parks Canada

Click here for Columbia Icefield Trail Map and Jasper Park Trail Map
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May 24, 2014: Athabasca Glacier Trail Map

Forefield Trail

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May 24, 2014: The parking lot for Forefield Trail is directly across from the Columbia Icefield Centre.

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May 24, 2014: This is where Athabasca Glacier once sat in year 1908. Much of the glacier has been receded. It sure won't last forever!

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May 24, 2014: The lateral moraines and glacial debris that the Athabasca Glacier has left behind.

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May 24, 2014: looking back at Columbia Icefield Centre.

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May 24, 2014: People like to pile rocks up to build inukshuk.

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May 24, 2014: looking back at Columbia Icefield Centre.

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May 24, 2014: looking forward at Athabasca Glacier.

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May 24, 2014: looking forward at Athabasca Glacier.

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May 24, 2014: Athabasca Glacier hiking trail

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May 24, 2014: Hiking up the toe of glacier.

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May 24, 2014: close-up view of some hikers standing at the toe of Athabasca Glacier.

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May 24, 2014: The trailhead for the toe of Athabasca Glacier is ahead!

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May 24, 2014: Glacier ice walk :D

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May 24, 2014: Mount Athabasca and Mount Andromeda

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May 24, 2014: Columbia Icefield hiking trail

Toe of Glacier

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May 24, 2014: Toe of Athabasca Glacier...yeah~~~

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May 24, 2014: Standing at the toe of Athabasca Glacier.

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May 24, 2014: Should I have a drink of the glacial water? To drink, or not to drink ... ...

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May 24, 2014: The last sign of glacier position back in year 1992

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May 24, 2014: Can you believe the glacier once sat here in 1992?! I'm standing on it!

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May 24, 2014: Toward the end of the trail, indicated by the fence.

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May 24, 2014: Can't go any further due to the water. :-(

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May 24, 2014: End of the trail at the glacier toe.

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May 24, 2014: A small lake at the glacier toe.

Athabasca Glacier

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May 24, 2014: Sunwapta Lake and River form at the base of Columbia Icefield.

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May 24, 2014: Take a moment to appreciate the beauty of Canadian Rockies.

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May 24, 2014: Classic view of Columbia Icefield.

Read Icefields Parkway Tour Guide for other nearby attractions.

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