we were on a strict 2 hour round trip time limit from the tram, I was probably 5 minutes from the top when I decided it was time to turn around, silly me... made it back to the tram with nearly 20 mins to spare.
If you ski marmot basin and hike to the peak you will see that there is a way up this peak in good spring conditions. Check with marmot patrol about local snowpack.
We tried the Indian Ridge scramble. It was an easy walk south down from the summit of Whistler towards the east end of Indian Ridge. Continuing south, there was a path through a series of easy walks up gentle bare ridges and piles of boulders to the east end of Indian Ridge. The final pile of boulders on the east end of Indian Ridge was the most difficult. It took about an hour and a half to get from the summit of Whistler to the east end (summit) of Indian Ridge including several minutes for pictures. We jogged west along the top of Indian Ridge until we reached a pile of boulders but then the boulders narrowed steeply on both sides of the ridge. Below this the ridge was loose rock. Then there is a gap like a missing tooth on the top of the ridge not far from its west end. You can see this gap from the summit of Whistler. We saw no instructions on how to proceed so we turned back.
We met a tram worker who desribed this as a technical climb saying that he made the entire loop in about eleven hours and had to use a rope.
The only animals that we saw were two goats.
PS It may be possible to avoid climbing back to the top of Whistler from the col on the way north from Indian Ridge by going around the east side to the tram.
My first scramble, before I knew what scrambling was. My legs felt heavy like lead and I was gasping for air, but the views were so wonderful, I was hooked!
I camped in Jasper with one of my daughters and her friend (Coco’s is the place for coffee and lunch!). This is a great scramble for novices. We made two hours to the summit from the tram and I finished the traverse in a total of 4.5 hours. Nice footing and very unique views of some odd colored rock as well as tons of lakes in the Jasper area. Cheers!