This route follows a well-marked forested trail up to the Saddleback, which is an upland meadow, offering displays of wildflowers and alpine larch. The view from the Saddleback is dominated by Mount Temple. From the Saddleback, a trail ascends up switchbacks along a scree slope to the summit of Fairview mountain. The summit offers spectacular views of the Lake Louise area including Mount Victoria and Lefroy.
Length: 10 km return
Elevation gain: 1000m
Trip rating: TL4 (This trip is primarily a hike, not a scramble)
Time: about 6 hours plus driving (about 1 1/2 to 2 hours each way)
Calgary people meet at SHOULDICE AT 7:30 A.M. and meet me at PETRO-CANADA junction of TransCanada and Highway 22 AT THE FRONT DOORS OF THE GAS STATION AT 8:00 A.M.
Please wear STURDY HIKING BOOTS (helpful on the scree ascent). HIKING POLES might be helpful. Bring BEAR SPRAY if you have it. You will need a NATIONAL PARK PASS (single pass, or group pass for an entire vehicle). (I have one group pass, good for one vehicle).
Please note: An extended hike (Healy Pass-Monarch Ramparts loop) had orginally been planned for this day. But the Sunshine Parking lot is closed due to floods making Healy Pass inaccessible. Hence the change to Fairview mountain.