Jeff taking in the view

Indian Ridge

Anoth­er fine hike in the Rock­ies, easy access via the Jasper Tramway. Give your­self a good after­noon for this hike. There are some scram­bling involved here, some­times the snow is still around, be cau­tious here.

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Climb before the ridge
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A ridge break
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Back­side view of the ridge
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Hik­ing the ridge

When you arrive at the ridge, you have anoth­er option to decent by walk­ing along the ridge over to the north west area to drop down to the mead­ows and back to the Tramway.

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The gap on Indi­an Ridge

You will be able to see the Ton­quin Val­ley from the ridge, cou­ple of the rec­og­niz­able peaks that stand out are: Ram­parts, Pev­er­al, Edith Cavell and Geikie.

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Peaks galore
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Sure there is an exit?

2013

Access: Take the Jasper Tramway to upper access, hike over the peak

Park­ing: Yes

Trail­head: Start from the peak of Whistlers Moun­tain

Activ­i­ties: Hik­ing / Sights


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  1. Yes­ter­day, I hiked The Whistlers, fol­lowed by Indi­an Ridge. I hiked up from the bot­tom of the tram, then up to Whistlers Peak, then up to Indi­an Ridge. And I start­ed this hike at 11:30am! Need­less to say, it was a long day. The hike up to The Whistlers was pret­ty easy. All uphill, but not dif­fi­cult. Indi­an Ridge, on the oth­er hand, was dif­fi­cult. The hike up is steep. Then you’re scram­bling to the top on [I]very[/I] loose rock. If you’re a climber, or are at least a very expe­ri­enced hik­er / scram­bler, this is not dif­fi­cult. But you do need to be very cau­tious. The loose rock is a major haz­ard. Final­ly up on the ridge, wow!!! The view was unre­al. To your left is incred­i­ble red and black rock, with an impos­si­bly blue lake at its base. It is one of the most beau­ti­ful views I’ve seen. And, of course, you can see Mt. Rob­son off in the dis­tance. The view was worth the effort. I had to decide then whether to walk the whole ridge and attempt the Kane scram­ble on The Notch, hav­ing read that it is quite unsafe. At this point, it was 5pm and storm clouds were rolling in. Of course, I decid­ed to go for it. The ridge walk was easy and pleas­ant, but the scram­ble / tra­verse on the oth­er end was not. You scram­ble up to the top of The Notch, and then you [I]want[/I] to stay high, instead of walk­ing on the scree slope below, but that is a mis­take. Stay­ing on top of the rock will get you to a straight cliff drop-off that is impos­si­ble to get down. I then had to retreat, cross a scary lit­tle bit all over again, and go low­er down, walk­ing on the steep loose rock slope. This was not pleas­ant. Every step could send you slid­ing down the slope. You real­ly need to dig your feet in to the loose rock, and trust them. I came to one point where I need­ed to get down a big piece of rock, and it was not easy. I had to take my back-pack off and throw it down (it almost took a trip down the moun­tain!), then very care­ful­ly low­er myself down. I final­ly made it across the awful loose rock slope, then I had to hike down to the val­ley, then up The Whistlers again, as I had left my friend at the top of the tram. So up I went. I got back at 9:30pm, com­plete­ly knack­ered. I will say this. This ridge hike is only for those very com­fort­able on rock. It is dif­fi­cult, and, at times, scary (at least if you go down The Notch). It would be easy to take an unwant­ed trip down the loose rock slope, so don’t take any­one with you who isn’t very expe­ri­enced! I did this hike alone, and found that that was like­ly the safest option, as it would have been dan­ger­ous for most. It is most def­i­nite­ly worth it, but be care­ful!!! Next time, I would like­ly turn around and go back the way I came, instead of going down The Notch. Sor­ry, no pic­tures. Just trust me — it’s beau­ti­ful!!!

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