Saddleback to Fairview Mountain (Lake Louise area)

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.

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  • Leslie J.

    Hi Tian -- a friend of mine may be joining us from Calgary -- let me check whether you can get a lift with her -- I'll get back to you as soon as I can. Could the other participants let me know whether they are going to Shouldice first and then meeting me at the PetroCanada station or coming directly to PetroCanada? I don't want to miss anybody. Thank you.

    July 13, 2013

    • Tian W.

      Thanks! Have you heard back from her?

      July 13, 2013

  • Tian W.

    Hi, is there anyone who can offer a carpool? Thanks!

    July 12, 2013

  • Leslie J.

    Hi folks. Just got back from the west coast. Doublechecked the Parks Canada website this morning and Sunshine Parking Lot is still closed due to floods. This makes the Healy Pass--Monarch Ramparts trip inaccessible hence the change to Fairview mountain. Sorry to have to make the change. I will re-post the Healy Pass trip later in the summer if/when the Sunshine parking lot opens.

    Calgary people meet at Shouldice parking lot at 7:30 A.M. and then everyone stops at the Petro-Canada station and meets me at 8:00 A.M. Has everyone got a ride? I can drive from the PetroCanada station and I have one group national park pass good for one vehicle.

    Looking forward to seeing everyone. Thanks for "hanging in" despite all the changes in the trip schedule due to the floods.

    July 10, 2013

  • Leslie J.

    Hi everyone. I'm on the west coast doing kayaking trips and trying to communicate on my I phone. Hope you get the message that the Healy Pass trip is changed to FAIRVIEW Mountain in Lake Louise area. This trip is really just a hike not a scramble. It offers great views of the Lake Louise area. I'll post more details about the trip when I get back

    July 8, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I went climbing at Sunshine slab today... and the road is close at the Texas gate (not sure when it’s supposed to open). I’m not sure if you saw the pictures of the parking lot at Sunshine village, but the small Healy creek did basically cut the parking lot in 2 (probably fixed by now)... does anyone know if the bridge on Healy creek are still there?

    July 6, 2013

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