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D5 - Easy Scramble - Fairview Mountain

  • Jul 21, 2012 · 7:00 AM
  • McMahon Stadium


A relatively easy scramble to one of the best views in the Lake Louise area. From the top one can see Mt. St-Piran, Niblock , Whyte, Victoria and Temple, and also Lake Louise itself more than a vertical kilometer below. There is an option of ascending nearby Saddle Mountain if we have time.

Route Statistics

Difficulty: D5

Distance: 10.2km

Elevation Gain: 1013m

Hiking Time: 5-6 hours

Trail Conditions and Hazards

Trail conditions appeared reasonable as of last weekend, there appears to be some lingering snow however. Check out the webcam views here - Fairview is on the far left in "top of Ptarmigan towards Larch" view, and in the foreground just left of center in the "Lake Louise viewing platform" view. The comments will be updated with weather as we get closer to the date.

As this is a scramble there is a risk of rock fall, but due to this being relatively easy, helmets are not required. We will be waiting at each switchback apron to ensure nobody is ever hiking parallel to each other.


CORA trips start at the trailhead, but as a favor to our participants, we will convene at the meeting point and carpool from there. Please be on time, we won't be waiting more than ten minutes maximum. If you'd like, you may meet us at the trailhead, but please advise the organizers of this ahead of time.

Please indicate in your RSVP comments if you can drive. If you cannot, please bring some money to reimburse drivers.

For drivers, to get to the trailhead: From Calgary take highway 1 to Lake Louise. From Lake Louise Village, drive uphill (southwest) on Lake Louise Drive. Continue to the actual Lake Louise. Near road's end, 200m before the Chateau Lake Louise, turn left into the multilevel parking area.


Please dress for both the weather and the unexpected - you never know in the mountains.

Bring no cotton clothing! See here for the reasons why.


  • Warm layers
  • Waterproof clothing (preferably breathable)
  • Waterproof footwear with good traction
  • Backpack
  • Lunch and snacks
  • Minimum 2L of water
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses
  • If you're not driving, gas money and park pass money for drivers


  • Camera
  • Hiking poles
  • Microspikes (there may be some snow closer to the top)
  • Rock helmet (optional, but if you'd feel safer, go ahead)


The trip organizer reserves the right to move people on and off the trip or wait list, or to increase or reduce the size of the group, in order to match people to the trip based on fairness, ability, safety, and other criteria.

Trip Waiver and Conditions

You must sign a trip waiver to attend this event even if you are already a paid member. The waiver you will be signing at the trailhead is located here - please read it at least 24 hours in advance of our trip.

The organizers are not licenced guides. Just experienced hikers willing to share our knowledge.

Rules of Conduct (clickable): By participating in this CORA activity, you automatically agree to follow the CORA Rules of Conduct. Please read them by clicking here.

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  • Paul K

    A nice scramble, shame about the weather though!

    July 21, 2012

  • Paul K

    Running 5-10 mins late, but will be there. Boo to early morning construction.

    July 21, 2012

  • Paul K

    Good news - looking at the webcam views, it appears that the snowpack is rapidly melting. It may be a little wet for Saturday but at least we won't have any snow or ice to content with.

    July 19, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    yes I'm going

    July 18, 2012

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CAD20.00 before first trip

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