I wanted - no I needed to get back into the mountains. I needed not to be near them. I needed to be in them. So on the drive home we stopped and strolled up Wilcox Pass. This is a highly recommended trail from my favorite guide book that I absolutely ... did not love.
I think I am getting spoiled. I hike so often and see such amazing things on a weekly basis that I no longer am impressed by things like glaciers viewed from 7500 feet. It wasn't an awful hike ... it was nice and pretty simple. Very little serious elevation gain. Views of the Columbia Icefields. And People. Lots of people. And views of the highway. It is billed as a 4 star hike, but I would give it only three.
Columbia Icefield fromWilcox Pass
Mary Schaffer Loop/Maligne Lake/Jasper NP:
Distance: 2 miles
Miles hiked in 2012: 61
Miles hiked since arrival in Canada: 130
Distance: 5 miles
Elevation: 1100 feet
Miles hiked in 2012: 65
Miles hiked since arrival in Canada: 135