Saddle Mountain (Banff)

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Saddle Mountain (Banff)
  • Location: Banff National Park (Lake Louise)
  • Activity: Hiking
  • Height: 2,433 m (7,983 ft)
  • Elevation Gain: 675 m (2,215 ft)
  • Distance: 8.6 km / Round Trip (5.3 mi)
  • Avg Steepness: 8.9°
  • Estimated Time: 2.5-4 hrs
  • Technicality: Intermediate
  • Fitness Level: Easy
I originally planed to do Tower of Babel. Since I had to be back in town by 3, I thought Babel would be the perfect short scramble but when I got there the road was already closed for winter so I switched to Saddle Mountain in Lake Louise.

I parked at no longer so crowded Lake Louise parking lot. (Nice! but I still saw Japanese tourists and I ended up bowing… When I bowed my wig fell off to blind them. Customs customs) I walked to Lake Louise behind the hotel first to take pictures then followed Saddleback trail. After going through zigzags, I came near Saddle/Fairview col. I could have stayed on the trail all the way up to the col, but I decided to go off-trail and scramble up the boulder field (NW slope) directly to the summit (page 5).

I had enough time to enjoy the view at the top and ate lunch and went back to the parking lot. The trip took 3 hours which was as long as I could afford especially after I lost 1 hour because I waked up late…

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Mount Vic from the hotel.

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I felt like I was the Japanese tourist who got blinded by my bald head.

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Saddle Mountain.

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I decided to just go straight up from here.

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Pinnacle and Eiffel.

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What a view.

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Sheol and Haddo. Sheol does look a peak from here but it's really extension of Haddo east ridge…


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