Avalanche Crest

Revelstoke, British Columbia

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This impressive but strenuous hike offers stunning views of the Hermit Range, the Illecillewaet Glacier, the Bonney Glacier, and Rogers Pass. If you’re looking for both fantastic views and a healthy workout, this hike’s for you. You can trek for miles in the backcountry and never see the myriad glaciers and mountain peaks you’ll see from the top of Avalanche Crest. But don’t let the short distance fool you. With its steep incline, this hike will keep you occupied at least half a day. The initial part of the trail leads you through a lush forest of Douglas fir, hemlock, and western red cedar. Alpine forget-me-nots, dwarf dogwood, bead lilies, and arnica add a spatter of color. There’s no easing into this trail; the monstrous climb starts immediately with a series of switchbacks, and the high humidity makes it seem like you’re trudging through a tropical rain forest.
Hiking Yoho, Kootenay, Glacier, and Mt. Revelstoke National Parks

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Hiking Yoho, Kootenay, Glacier, and Mt. Revelstoke National Parks

by Michelle Gurney & Kathy Howe (Falcon Guides)

This impressive but strenuous hike offers stunning views of the Hermit Range, the Illecillewaet Glacier, the Bonney Glacier, and Rogers Pass. If you’re looking for both fantastic views and a healthy workout, this hike’s for you. You can trek for miles in the backcountry and never see the myriad glaciers and mountain peaks you’ll see from the top of Avalanche Crest. But don’t let the short distance fool you. With its steep incline, this hike will keep you occupied at least half a day.

The initial part of the trail leads you through a lush forest of Douglas fir, hemlock, and western red cedar. Alpine forget-me-nots, dwarf dogwood, bead lilies, and arnica add a spatter of color. There’s no easing into this trail; the monstrous climb starts immediately with a series of switchbacks, and the high humidity makes it seem like you’re trudging through a tropical rain forest.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Revelstoke
Distance: 5.3
Elevation Gain: 2,608 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 4 to 5 hours
Season: Best mid-June through mid-October
Trailhead Elevation: 4,101 feet
Top Elevation: 6,726 feet
Local Contacts: Glacier National Park
Local Maps: Rogers Pass (Glacier National Park, The Adventure Map); Blaeberry, 82 N/6; Glacier, 82 N/5; Illecillewaet, 82 N/4
Driving Directions: Directions to Avalanche Crest

Recent Trail Reviews

9/25/2006
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This amazing trail was one of a set of six hikes that the Alpine Club of Canada Ottawa Section did during the week of 29 Jul to 05 Aug 2006 from A.O. Wheeler Hut. We started hiking at 4180 feet and reached the End Of Trail (EOT) at 6800 feet in 2 hours and 40 mins. This trail has excellent footing but is one continuous relentless climb until you reach the EOT. The EOT is in the Valley below Avalanche Peak where you have a nice view of Sir Donald and several other mountains. There are lots of Pika and Marmots here to keep your interest. The real views are to be had by following a trail that heads up onto the Avalanche Ridge. We headed up and went on to about 35% of the way to the top of the ridge. This part of the route becomes a scramble and one has to take care. The views are well worth the effort. We would have continued on over two more small higher hills but the weather was threatening from the west so we headed down and made it back in 2 hours.


6/4/2004
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