Observation Peak is located north of Lake Louise along the west side of Highway 93. On a clear day the 3174m summit provides a fine view of the Wapta Icefield and surrounding peaks to the west. We will start at Bow Summit, hike an old road which leads quickly to the base of the mountain, and follow the normal scramble route to the top, returning the same way. It's mostly a very steep hike, with some moderate scrambling through a cliff band about halfway up.
This trip involves steep off-trail hiking, significant elevation gain, loose rock, and routefinding. Participants should be physically fit and comfortable in steep, loose terrain.
Possible hazards may include:
Steep slopes, loose rock, unstable foot/hand holds, Rock fall, Falling, Wildlife, Inclement weather
Before participating in an event you must pay either the one time guest fee of $5 or the annual $20 membership fee. At the meetup location you will need to sign a waiver.
Elevation gain: 1100m
Estimated trip time: 6-9 hours + 2 hours driving each way
Required gear to bring:
Helmet - Climbing helmets only, no substitutes.
layered clothing - be prepared for cold and/or wet weather- no cotton!
sturdy boots - no runners
food - snacks/lunch
lots of water - 2-3L
toilet paper/tissue - because you never know :) a great many people neglect this one...
small first aid kit
For more info:
Alan Kane, Scrambles in the Canadian Rockies, page 298