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Nigel Pass

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9.6 mile 15.4 kilometer out and back
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 1,081' 330 m
Descent: -1,081' -330 m
High: 7,203' 2,196 m
Low: 6,171' 1,881 m

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Avg Grade: 4% (2°)
Max Grade: 24% (14°)

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From the fir forest, through fir studded meadows, to the alpine meadows of Nigel Pass, creeks and mountains everywhere.

Joan Pendleton

Features River/Creek · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Overview

Nigel Pass is a popular scenic mountain day hike from the Nigel Creek Trailhead along the Icefields Parkway. Those who want to extend the distance can cross the Brazeau River and descend Nigel Pass, for dramatic, stunning backcountry views and challenge.

Description

The Nigel Creek Trailhead and trail to Nigel Pass can be found on the east side of Icefields Parkway (93) just south of the Columbia Icefields.

From the trailhead, the trail to Nigel Pass heads north along Nigel Creek (to the right of the trail) on a flat fire road through fir forest for the first 1.1 miles. At this point there is a sign showing that the hiking trail turns right, off of the fire road, onto singletrack trail. Nigel Creek is crossed via a log bridge almost immediately, and the trail then climbs through the fir forest as it follows Nigel Creek (now to the left of the trail) upstream. The trees thin as the trail climbs, and views of the mountains to the south emerge. Continuing to climb, the firs become sparser and the trail runs through meadows with mountains rising on both sides of the Nigel Creek valley that the trail runs through. After a final push, Nigel Creek peters out and Nigel Pass is reached at the 4.8 mile mark.

The Brazeau River is just a few steps further and a great place to take a break and have a snack or lunch. After enjoying the views, river, and pass, return to the trailhead by hiking down the trail the way you came up.

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Jul 24, 2018
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Nigel Creek is below the trail near the Nigel Creek Trailhead.
Aug 2, 2018 near Jasper…, AB
The forest thins into meadows dotted with firs as the trail climbs to Nigel Pass from the Nigel Creek Trailhead. Headwater streams of Nigel Creek run to the left of the trail.
Aug 2, 2018 near Jasper…, AB
Mountains, snowfields, and glaciers to the south, seen from meadows high on the trail to Nigel Pass from the Nigel Creek Trailhead, almost to the pass.
Aug 2, 2018 near Jasper…, AB
Nigel Pass
Aug 2, 2018 near Jasper…, AB

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