Tangle Ridge

Tangle Ridge near Jasper, AB

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10 kms
Summer, Fall
Jasper, AB
User ian779
NTS Map 83C/6 (Sunwapta Peak)

Elevation gain: 1150m

Trailhead: 1850m

Summit: 3001m

Distance is for a linear return trip.

This is a cross between a hike (first half) and an easy scramble up scree slopes (second half). The views of surrounding peaks will not disappoint, even if going only as high as the treeline.

From the Tangle Falls parking area, cross the Icefields Parkway and look for the trail to Wilcox Pass on the right side of the falls. This is probably the most dangerous part of the hike, as motorists apparently aren't aware of the 50km/h speed zone. This trail is described here.

After a kilometre on the trail, it comes alongside Tangle Creek again (5791217N, 481298E, UTM 11N, NAD83). At this point look for a dry, rocky drainage on the opposite side. A piece of blue flagging and a worn trail down the bank will help pinpoint this spot. Cross the creek and pick your way up the drainage. After a few hundred metres, a trail will develop on the left hand side of the steepening drainage - this is the side you want to go up. This trail should be easy to follow to the treeline, where good views are already available of Wilcox Pass and it's surrounding peaks.

Above the treeline, start up alpine meadows which soon change to scree slope. While no trail exists, the high point of the ridge is visible as you go up the slope. Head up in a gentle arc from left to right, keeping the drainage to the right. Once on top, many peaks of the Columbia Icefields and Brazeau range will be visible - even the repeater on top will not spoil the views.

CAUTION: While the ridge is quite broad on top, do not stray too close to the NE side. A steep slope of snow and ice drops off this edge.

On the return, keep on the same side of the drainage until you pick up the trail again at treeline. As a landmark, keep in line with the ridge coming off Mt. Wilcox on the lower scree slope and alpine meadow. One variation is to continue along the ridge towards Nigel Peak, before dropping into the valley to meet the trail coming down from Wilcox Pass. This would add to the overall time and distance of the route.

As this is in the icefields region, be prepared for any weather, any time of the year. A warm sunny day can turn cold and wet during the course of a hike. Ensure you pack rain gear and warm clothing.


The Tangle Creek parking area is 7km North of the Icefields Centre on the Icefields Parkway. Travelling South from Jasper, it is immediately after the signed entrance for the Tangle Creek maintenance compound.


Please check the bottom of the Description (above left; click) for the author's written directions.

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