Eiffel Peak

For my first venture above 10,000 ft this season I chose Eiffel Peak, Mount Temple’s Western neighbour. With the slow start to summer, and the persistent snowpack, I decided to bring an ice axe on this one, and would not have been able to reach the summit comfortably without it; the final 100m of elevation gain were on a steep snow slope. When I departed the Moraine Lake parking lot at 8:45am the approach trail to Larch Valley / Sentinel Pass was still open to groups of less than 4 persons, however upon descent Parks Canada had put the annual trail restriction in place.

The approach follows the maintained trail just past Larch Valley, then hops a stream to gain the sweeping ridge of Eiffel Peak
Looking up Eiffel’s scrambleable ridge to the summit at treeline
Summit of Eiffel Peak with Mount Temple in the background
A section of the Lake O’Hara group including Mount Hungabee and the upper Paradise Valley
The rather phallic Eiffel Tower with Mount Lefroy (among others) in the background
Mountain avens on the descent with Temple in the background. These alpine meadows smelled unbelievable in the dry heat and wind!
Mounts Pinnacle, Temple, and Sentinel Pass (see previous trip from July 9th) from Eiffel’s lower ridge

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