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Eiffel Peak

Summit Elevation (m): 3084
Elevation Gain (m): 1200
Trip Time (hr): 5
Total Trip Distance (km): 11
Quick ‘n Dirty Rating: Class 2/3 – you fall, you sprain or break something
Difficulty Notes: No major difficulties if snow and ice free. Beware of the hiking restrictions due to bear activity in the summer.
Technical Rating: SC5; YDS (3rd)
Map: Google Maps


On July 24, 2009 I soloed the scramble route up Eiffel Peak in Lake Louise, Banff National Park. Technically there is a hiking restriction of a minimum part of 4 to get in this area but I simply hiked between groups of tourists that were slower than me and figured as long as I stuck with the groups, I’d be fine. There are a LOT of people on the trails in this area in the summer anyway, but you should be aware that there are stiff fines if you are hiking solo.

Eiffel Peak Route Map

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.

Looking up Eiffel Peak from the exit – you can see it’s a pretty easy scramble when dry.

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.

Incredible summit panorama from Deltaform and Neptuak (L) to Hungabee, Victoria, Lefroy (C) and Mount Temple and Moraine Lake (R).
Spectacular views of Eiffel Tower.

On descent I passed more people and had to take care for falling rocks – both from myself and from those above me. This is a highly recommended scramble with some pretty stellar views.

Eiffel Peak
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A great trail to Larch Valley from the Moraine Lake parking lot.
A great trail to Larch Valley from the Moraine Lake parking lot.
This is where you should cross the stream and continue up a lightly treed ridge onto the shoulder of Eiffel Peak.
This is where you should cross the stream and continue up a lightly treed ridge onto the shoulder of Eiffel Peak.
A cool view of a ground squirrel with Mount Temple rising on the right.
A cool view of a ground squirrel with Mount Temple rising on the right.
Eiffel Peak.
Eiffel Peak.
Looking southwest towards Wenkchemna Pass with Neptuak and Deltaform on the left.
Looking southwest towards Wenkchemna Pass with Neptuak and Deltaform on the left.
Part way up the east ridge of Eiffel, looking back down my ascent route at left and even a glimpse of Moraine Lake at center left with Mount Fay looming above.
Part way up the east ridge of Eiffel, looking back down my ascent route at left and even a glimpse of Moraine Lake at center left with Mount Fay looming above.
Loose terrain on the east ridge.
Loose terrain on the east ridge.
Loose terrain on the east ridge.
Loose terrain on the east ridge.
From R to L, Neptuak, Deltaform, Tuzo, Allen, Perren, Bowlen, Little, Fay.
From R to L, Neptuak, Deltaform, Tuzo, Allen, Perren, Bowlen, Little, Fay.
Looking southwest towards Wenkchemna Pass with Neptuak and Deltaform on the left.
Looking southwest towards Wenkchemna Pass with Neptuak and Deltaform on the left.
Neptuak must be climbed on route to Deltaform.
Neptuak must be climbed on route to Deltaform.
Pinnacle Mountain in front of Mount Temple.
Pinnacle Mountain in front of Mount Temple.
Spectacular views of Eiffel Tower.
Spectacular views of Eiffel Tower.
Hungabee, Lefroy, Pinnacle and Temple (R).
Hungabee, Lefroy, Pinnacle and Temple (R).
South (L), Center and North Goodsir.
South (L), Center and North Goodsir.
Mount Temple.
Mount Temple.
Looking over Moraine Lake to Panorama Ridge, Babel, Fay, Little, Bowlen and Tonsa.
Looking over Moraine Lake to Panorama Ridge, Babel, Fay, Little, Bowlen and Tonsa.
Sublime views over Paradise Valley. Summits include Wastach, Hungabee, Victoria, Lefroy and Eiffel Tower
Sublime views over Paradise Valley. Summits include Wastach, Hungabee, Victoria, Lefroy and Eiffel Tower
Mount Fay is a large, beautiful peak located across the Valley of Ten Peaks.
Mount Fay is a large, beautiful peak located across the Valley of Ten Peaks.
Eiffel Tower.
Eiffel Tower.
Incredible summit panorama from Deltaform (L) to Hungabee, Victoria, Lefroy (C) and Mount Temple and Moraine Lake (R).
Incredible summit panorama from Deltaform (L) to Hungabee, Victoria, Lefroy (C) and Mount Temple and Moraine Lake (R).
Mount Temple.
Mount Temple.
Vern with Haddo and Aberdeen at left, Temple at right.
Vern with Haddo and Aberdeen at left, Temple at right.
Mount Vaux.
Mount Vaux.
It's a long way down to the beautiful Paradise Valley between Eiffel and Lefroy.
It's a long way down to the beautiful Paradise Valley between Eiffel and Lefroy.
The Valley of Larches at lower left leading out to Moraine Lake.
The Valley of Larches at lower left leading out to Moraine Lake.
Mount Temple is still one of my favorite peaks of all time.
Mount Temple is still one of my favorite peaks of all time.
Loose rocks on the descent mean you should be aware of parties climbing either above or beneath you.
Loose rocks on the descent mean you should be aware of parties climbing either above or beneath you.
Loose rocks on the descent mean you should be aware of parties climbing either above or beneath you.
Loose rocks on the descent mean you should be aware of parties climbing either above or beneath you.
Looking carefully you will spot cairns marking the route behind me and two scramblers high up above.
Looking carefully you will spot cairns marking the route behind me and two scramblers high up above.
Mount Fay looks spectacular from the lower Eiffel slopes.
Mount Fay looks spectacular from the lower Eiffel slopes.
Mount Allen with the infamous 3/4 couloir looking pretty scary in summer conditions.
Mount Allen with the infamous 3/4 couloir looking pretty scary in summer conditions.
A pleasant hike down the east ridge of Eiffel towards Moraine Lake.
A pleasant hike down the east ridge of Eiffel towards Moraine Lake.
Looking back up Eiffel Peak.
Looking back up Eiffel Peak.
Recrossing the stream on exit.
Recrossing the stream on exit.
Where are all the people?! :)
Where are all the people?! 🙂

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