CANADIAN ROCKIES TREKS
To view the best of the Canadian Rockies with a number of day and overnight treks. Exploring from Jasper down to Banff with 6 single day and overnight treks and a possible summit of Mt Athabaska.
On the Richardson Highway Drive past the town of Paxson and past Summit Lake until you reach a bridge over Castner Creek. The hiker starts here - the creek issues right out of the Castner glacier and is accessed via moraine.
Campsites: There is a dirt road on the east side just north of the Miller Crk. bridge with some good campsites.
Coords: 63.4195, -145.4209
LIST OF TREKS
1 - Berg Lake Trail - Mt Robson Park - 26 miles 2/3 days.
trailhead 60 miles west of Jasper along Highway 16. it's 13 miles of hiking (one way) to the Berg Lake campground and shelter near the shore of the lake.
2 x campgrounds Berg lake and , emperor falls.
2 -Lake Magog, Mount Assiniboine Provincial Park 18 mile trail 2/4 days
Sunshine Village ski area in Banff National Park Lake Magog, before camping. breaking the return into shorter pieces by camping at Lake Og or, with a shuttle,
hiking out via a different route, such as the Wonder Pass trail which returns to the Mount Shark trailhead. Several day hikes are possible from Lake Magog,
so it's worth basing yourself at the campground for at least a couple of days to explore some of the surrounding ridges and passes.
Practicalities: Sunshine Meadows shuttle bus. 1-403-762-7889 (June 21-Oct. 5) 1-403-760-4403 (Oct. 6-June 20 ) nearest towns are Banff and Canmore in Alberta.
3 - Lake O'Hara hiking trails: the Lake O'Hara Alpine Circuit 8 miles
Lake O'Hara alpine circuit loop, which combines stretches of trail with marked routes along rocky ledges to visit Lake Oesa, Opabin Lake and Schaffer Lake.
Practicalities: cannot drive the unpaved road that leads from the trans-Canada. 7 mile walk to the lake along the road from the parking area.
book a shuttle and / or reserve a campsite 250.343.6433 up to three months in advance.
4 - Wilcox Pass trail to Athabasca Glacier overlook 6 mile .5 day
start from Athabasca ct. off ice fields parkway , Wilcox Pass trail climbs to a low pass on the opposite side of the road, from where there are spectacular views of the glacier
and the surrounding peaks. It's possible to continue over the pass, away from the glacier, into a high and barren alpine valley, which is extremely scenic.
5 - Parker Ridge trail to Saskatchewan Glacier viewpoint 3 mile (900ft)
The trailhead is right on the highway about 3 miles south of the boundary between Banff and Jasper National parks at Sunwapta Pass.
This popular hike is unmissable if you're driving the Icefields Parkway.
6 - Mount Fairview trail from Lake Louise, Banff National park 2744m
The summit affords a great panorama that encompasses the glaciated peaks at the head of Lake Louise, snowcapped Mount Temple.
Practicalities: the trail leaves from the shore of Lake Louise. From there, it's just 3.3 miles to the summit of Fairview, but 1000m vertical meters (3300 feet).
details taken from
Consider a summit of Mt Athabasca http://www.summitpost.org/mount-athabasca/150332
Reference and Links
A good list of hikes
BC park permits - reservation 1-800-689-9025 website http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/bcparks/reserve/
Web of treks - http://www.philarmitage.net/canadian_rockies_hikes.php