Mt. Andromache - Bow Summit Lake Louise
View from the Icefield Parkway just north. You go up the valley
between Andromache and Little Hector to Hector Pass then back on the ridge towards the
Parkway to the summit.
Take a left up the right side of the
Approaching the 1st and 2nd
The trail crosses the creek to the
left side just before the 1st waterfall. This allows you to go around the 1st
waterfall as the yellow arrow shows
Easier route goes along the rock face
to the 2nd waterfall. Trail is a bit overgrown as many now take the harder
After the ascending traverse along
the rock wall one can just step over the 2nd waterfall
The upper valley just past the waterfalls.
One wants to head to Hector Pass for Andromache.
Closer look at route up to Hector
HP - Hector Pass R - Ridge access
View is from the top of Unnamed Peak with two ridge steps which
View from the top of Little Hector
View of ridge access for Andromache
from the top of Little Hector
S - summit Andromache MG - Molar Glacier
Picture taken from summit of Unnamed Peak, still a half hour to
go for Andromache summit. Stay off the Molar Glacier!
Andromache summit with the heavily glaciated north face of Mt.
Hector in the background.
Scramble: Class 1 and 2 Steep Hiking, Some Use of Hands, Care on
Upper Waterfall Ledges Required
Altitude: 2,996m (9,827 ft)
Elevation Gain: 1,140m (3,739 ft)
Ascent Time: 3 1/2 4 1/2 Hours
Best Season to Scramble: July to September
This scramble offers a great view of glacier clad Mount Hector
to the south and to the West and North, Hector Lake, Bow Lake and the Icefields in
Head west out of Calgary on the TransCanada highway # 1, just a
few kms past Lake Louise (187km/116.9mi) take the Icefields Parkway north for around 20km.
If your base is Banff head west on the TransCanada to Lake Louise 56km (35.0 miles) and
just past Lake Louise take the Icefields Parkway north for around 20km. The parking spot
is opposite the valley between Andromache and Mount Hector and is on the left side (West)
of the highway. A small cairn and footpath on the road hillside (East side of highway)
should be there.
Take this footpath and shortly you come to a creek bed with a
broader trail heading off to the right. Dont head right, but go left up the creek
bed on the creek beds right hand side. Get it! Lol! The trail along the creek bed
crosses over to the left side just below cliff bands with lower and upper waterfalls. You
get through into the upper valley by climbing up the left side of the waterfall and along
ledges actually stepping across the upper waterfall to the right side. Be careful if
its still icy here. Allow around 40 minutes to the upper waterfall.
From this valley keep left of center, and work you way up valley until
the cliff bands on your left peeter out. Its best to go all the way to the end of
the valley before you start up the slope. See the point indicated on my valley photo. Save
your legs by staying more to the center of the valley rather than traversing hillsides too
soon. Once you have accessed the upper ridge take a break and enjoy the view of Mount
Hector and its lower outlier called Little Hector. From here the view is foreshortened and
you have two steps of steep slope to reach "Unnamed Peak". From Unnamed Peak you
can see the summit of Andromache and the Molar Glacier abutting the north side. Its
only another 30 minutes from Unnamed, keep on the scree, avoiding Molar Glacier. Return
the same way or if conditions allow you can traverse the summit ridge of Andromache to the
North-west and then down open slopes to the highway below coming out 2km north of your
parking spot. I have not done the traverse so proceed at your own judgement and risk. My
comments and rating apply to returning the same way.