Photo by Tim L. Helmer
|Year first climbed:||1894|
|First successful climber(s):||S. Allen, L. Frissel, W. Wilcox|
|Nearest major airport:||Calgary, Alberta|
|Convenient Center:||Lake Louise, Alberta|
Thanks to Dow Williams for adding this peak.
Drive to Moraine Lake and take the Larch Valley Trail to Sentinel Pass (2400' gain). This trail is almost always (by law) under the minimum 6 hiker mandate. However, it is easy to hitch rides to and fro; you just can't go too early in the morning. Once at the pass, proceed to your right along a trail and scramble up scree staying to the right until you crest and then look for a solid scramble up some firm rock. Cairns are abundant. Another step awaits you shortly, but for the most part, an uneventful scramble.
Smoky (bad fires set in this summer) day for me, but best views included a real good study of Fay and her glacier, Hungabee, Eiffel, The Mitre, Lefroy and Victoria. I went in with a young couple climbing a route consisting of 4-5.10's on a cool looking spire right below Pinnacle, looking NW from the pass. And I had a beer with another couple who I hiked with on the way out. A regular human highway on a Wednesday, yet bears still frequent the area including a stalking one week prior. No snow to deal with this July. Be sure not to circumvent the mountain too far to the SE. In other words, keep moving up, staying on good trail.
Thanks to Dow Williams for this description.