The Tower of Babel is a quartzite monolith that has long been popular with rock climbers. It is a lesser outlier of Mount Babel, one of the Ten Peaks towering above world-famous Moraine Lake. Although considerably overshadowed by its larger neighbors, the top gives a wonderful perspective of the lake and more grandiose nearby peaks.
Rating: Easy Scramble
Elevation: 2360 m
Elevation gain: 450 m
Distance: 3.2 km
Time: 2-3 hrs
More info: http://www.outdoorescapade.com/scrambling/towerofbabel.php
Weather forecast: http://www.theweathernetwork.com/weather/canada/alberta/lake-louise
Hiking boots (required)
Hiking poles (optional)
Proper seasonal wear (dress in layers)
Lunch, snacks, water (2L+, 3 or more is recommended on a warm day), summit beer ;)
Sun glasses, SPF rated lip balm
No jeans, no cotton clothing of any kind!
Gear can be rented at MEC or UofC Outdoor Center.
DRIVING AND DIRECTIONS:
We will meet at the in Calgary meeting point and carpool from there. Please be on time as we will only wait a short while past past the departure time before we leave.
From the Lake Louise townsite, drive 15km to Moraine Lake. The Tower of Babel and the described route are visible from the road just before you reach the lake.
From the Moraine Lake parking lot, find the hiking trail beginning near the washrooms and picnic area by Moraine Lake's outlet stream. Follow it toward Consolation Lakes for five minutes. Now you should be at the base of a rubble slope that leads directly up to the Tower of Babel. Trails are found in places but you can slog up anywhere.