On July 24, 2009 I solo'd up Eiffel Peak in Lake Louise in Banff National Park. Technically there is a hiking restriction of a minimum part of 4 to get in this area but I simple hiked between groups of tourists that were slower than me and figured I could try to talk my way around a fine if the need arose... Thankfully I didn't have to test this theory! I see a ton of solo hikers or even just 2 or 3 in these areas and so I'm not too worried about it. There are a LOT of people on the trails in the summer anyway.
Eiffel Peak is an easy scramble - I don't know why it's not rated 'easy' but according to me it should be. It's a very pleasant and short day out with a killer view. I will probably repeat this one some day in the fall with my kids - it would be fantastic with lots of larches!
I missed the trail that cuts across the stream on the way up - I actually went down it but didn't think it continued over the stream. You know you have the right trail when you are immediately crossing the stream at a small falls (you hear it from the main trail) and there are small stone steps dug into the slope right off the main trail. I went all the way up to the empty sign post and benches before losing height on my way over to Eiffel's shoulder ridge. The trail is obvious all the way up. The view from the sub-summit is worth the extra 5 minutes because you get a clear view over Wenkchemna Pass.
This is where you should cross the stream and continue up a lightly treed ridge onto the shoulder of Eiffel Peak:
I kept going and got this great view of a marmot and Mount Temple:
Mount Temple peaks over the shoulder of Eiffel Peak as I get close to the 'moderate' terrain:
Wenkchemna Pass, Neptuak Mountain and Deltaform show up.
Pinnacle Mountain and Mount Temple from the col between the two summits on Eiffel Peak:
The Valley of Ten Peaks from the sub-summit of Eiffel Peak (click to view full size):
Eiffel Tower from the col on Eiffel Peak:
The Goodsir's from the summit of Eiffel Peak:
An amazing view of Paradise Valley from the summit of Eiffel Peak:
Summit panorama (click to view full size):
The final 1000 vertical meters of the tourist route on Mount Temple:
Vern on the summit of Eiffel Peak:
Another view into Paradise Valley from the summit, this time showing more of Eiffel Tower:
The upper route (I stayed climber's right of the upper snow patch):
Three scramblers ascend as I go down. I had the mountain all to myself for about an hour at the summit.
Mount Fay with the Fay Glacier looks awesome from this angle!
Deltaform is another cool looking mountain in the valley of the Ten Peaks:
Looking down the ridge:
Great scenery on descent:
Eiffel Peak from it's lower shoulder:
The trail to Larch Valley is in great shape!