Eiffel Peak - Lake Louise Area
Eiffel Peak viewed from Larch Valley
Eiffel Peak ridge route as viewed from Larch Valley
Forest fires made it difficult to get
a decent picture
Bit of hands on near the top
Eiffel Peak Lake Louise Area
Scramble: Class 2 Steep Hiking, Use of hands, Route finding
Altitude: 3,084m (10,116 ft)
Elevation Gain: 1,230m (4,034 ft)
Ascent Time: 2 3/4 4 Hours
Best Season to Scramble: Mid-July to Mid-September
This scramble offers an alternative to the Classic Scramble Mt.
Temple. It is accessed from Larch Valley also and offers outstanding views of the valley
of the Ten Peaks. In the past couple of seasons the whole area has been closed or limited
to group sizes of 6 for major portions of the scrambling season. This has been due to bear
activity and park impact policy. So check with the Lake Louise information center as to
accessibility. As at 2009 the group number has been lowered
to 4 but this may change from year to year.
Head west out of Calgary on the TransCanada highway # 1 to the
Lake Louise town-site 187km (116.9 miles). If your base is Banff head west on the
TransCanada for 56km (35.0 miles) to the Lake Louise town-site. There is only one exit so
keep your eye out for it. Go straight through the town-site and up the hill; watch for the
Moraine Lake turnoff to the left. Drive to the Moraine Lake parking lot (approx. 12km).
Washrooms are at the parking lot.
From the parking lot walk along the right side of the lake walk
past the lodge watching for the Larch Valley trail. Follow this switch-backing trail as it
takes you high above Moraine Lake. As the trail levels off in the upper valley it heads
around to the right. At this point observe the open slope over to your left where you can
access the ridge for Eiffel Peak. See photo also. At this point you need to head left, off
trail across the meadow, heading downwards to cross a small creek, then begin to climb the
open slope to the ridge above. Once you gain the ridge its time to just follow your nose
generally keeping right of centre on the slope. Theres a bit of route finding
involved and some use of hands. At the summit you are given magnificent views of the area
and a very good view of the scramble route on the upper slopes of Mt. Temple.