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Wilcox Peak (Mount Wilcox)  Alberta   #438
Ranges: North America Ranges / Rocky Mountains / Canadian Rockies / Continental Ranges / Park Ranges / Columbia Icefield

Height: 2884 m -> 9462 feet
Prominence?: 509 m above Wilcox Pass
Line Parent?: Nigel Peak (4.8 km away, at bearing 97 degrees)
Greater Parent: Nigel Peak (5.0 km away)

Location:   52.24464,-117.24123     52:14:41, -117:14:28   11U 483530 5788276 (82 km W of Nordegg). NTS Mapsheet: 083.C.03   AreaCode: FL27/CC44
First Ascent: 1896 R.L. Barrett, W.D. Wilcox
Wilcox Peak
4 km N of Sunwapta Lake, 5 km WNW of Nigel Peak, forms the western flank of Wilcox Pass.

Name Notes: J.N. Collie named Wilcox Pass in 1899. The mountain takes its name from proximity. It is remarkable that W.D. Wilcox climbed his namesake mountain in 1896 and failed to "discover" the Columbia Icefield, just across the way.

There is a decided difference of opinion whether this feature is officially Wilcox Peak or Mount Wilcox. The Canadian Geographic Names Database, maintained by the federal government, lists Wilcox Peak as the official name, and that is the name that appears on the NTS map of the area. But Place Names of Alberta Volume 1, published by the Alberta Government, gives the name as Mount Wilcox.

Since the mountain is within the province of Alberta, and within a national park, both levels of government have a legitimate interest in the name. In order to avoid confusion with Mount Wilcox in Colorado, the Canadian Mountain Encyclopedia will use Wilcox Peak as the base name.

Trip Reports within 1 km
20 1900.01.01 Wilcox Southeast Ridge Route Graeme Pole


Paper Maps
1:75000Columbia Icefield Gem Trek
1:250000Banff National Park Gem Trek
1:400000Best of The Icefields Parkway Gem Trek
1:400000Canadian Rockies Gem Trek
1:600000Southwest Alberta & Southeast British Columbia Gem Trek

Subject Photos   View Thumbnails
14 Wilcox Pass - View from South Justin Brown
9 1966 Andromeda looking down on Wilcox Peak Cliff Jennings
8 Descent from Wilcox David Wasserman
6 The Guardian of Wilcox Peak David Wasserman
5 Wilcox Peak in the Winter Dieter Kepper
5 Wilcox Peak Shelley Wales
4 North Ridge of Wilcox Peak Serguei Okountsev
4 Fun Scrambling on Wilcox Shelley Wales
4 Wilcox Peak - Southeast Aspect Kevin Altheim
4 Wilcox Peak David Wasserman

Placename Photos
18 Tangle Ridge, Wilcox Peak, and Sunwapta Peak David Wasserman
13 Columbia Icefield Panorama from Tangle Ridge Eric Coulthard
13 Athabasca from Wilcox Peak's Southeast Ridge Stephen Skog
10 Sunrise over the Sunwapta Valley David Wasserman
10 Wilcox Peak Panorama Ian Hunt
8 Nigel Peak from Parker Ridge Steve Sproule
8 Sunwapta Pass and Parker Ridge from Wilcox Peak David Wasserman
8 Snow Dome from Wilcox Peak David Wasserman
4 Mount Alberta from Wilcox Peak David Wasserman
3 Wilcox Peak- Southeast Ridge Jason Dixon
3 Ptarmigan in Wilcox Pass David Wasserman
3 Alpine Forget-Me-Nots in Wilcox Pass David Wasserman