Perley Rock Trail
Length - 5.4 km (one way)
Hiking time - 3 hours, uphill
Elevation range - 1250 to 2393 m (1143m)
Trailhead - Illecillewaet Campground
Map Coordinates - 117°29'31"W 51°1549"N (trailhead)
Perley Rock Trail \ © Alice Weber
Seasonal bridges will be removed for the winter beginning late September. Creek crossings may be necessary after this time.
H. A. Perley undoubtedly sent Glacier House guests up to this area of the park many times during his tenure as hotel manager in the early days of the park. The Canadian Pacific Railway removed the hotel in 1929, but hikers can see its foundations and enjoy the trip to Perley Rock.
This is an ambitious hike. The trail leads upwards at a moderate pace until it crosses Vaux Creek, then launches a brutal climb towards the alpine. After many, many switchbacks, the trail ends at a steep snow slope. Snow crossings can be very dangerous. Exercise caution and consider bringing an ice axe on this trip if you are skilled in its use, or ending your hike at the snow slope if conditions are icy. Once across the snow slope, your uphill labour is nearly at an end, at a high viewpoint overlooking the vast and otherworldly expanse of the Illecillewaet Icefield.
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