After a halt for two hours during the most intense heat, we again started and crossed over a low point of rocks, close to the river, where we entered the second great valley, which is of magnificent proportions. Along the eastern side runs a wall of vertical beds, of light grey limestone, the serrated edges of which at once suggested the name of Sawback Range for them.
-from James Hector’s Journal -17 August, 1858.
This scramble begins at a pullout just under 2km from the southern end of the Bow Valley Parkway (1A), west of Banff. From the pullout, one follows an obvious path up a rib of the mountain, leading to the south ridge. Views are almost immediate, and the upturned limestone of the Sawback Range makes for interesting, if easy scrambling throughout the upper part of the journey. The typical early season cornice is still retreating, however a slightly circuitous route can be made to avoid it and reach the north peak. Overall this was a highly enjoyable scramble in one of my favourite Rocky Mountain ranges.