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Easy Scramble - Tower of Babel

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

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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.


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.

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  • Bettina

    What is going on with this weather ?? I was so looking forward to this hike and having an amazing view from up there ??

    September 6, 2013

  • Matt W.

    Thinkin something in the 5-7 hour range with[masked]m elevation gain, but I'm not picky.

    September 4, 2013

    • Matt W.

      Yah room for 3. Probably around 8ish would be a good time to leave I think. 9 at the latest.

      September 6, 2013

    • Matt W.

      Yah sure that sounds good. See ya there.

      September 6, 2013

  • Laura

    I have to back out, I have been really ill, and just havent recovered enough yet.

    September 6, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hey Chris, is it kosher to organize an unofficial group for the people on the wait list?

    September 5, 2013

    • Chris M.

      Sure, people on the waiting list are welcome to show up and come along with us. The limit is mostly there because I don't know how many drivers are going to sign up but it looks like we have plenty.

      September 5, 2013

  • Matt W.

    Hey any of you guys on the wait list wanna go do a moderate scramble somewhere on saturday?

    September 4, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi! This would be my first scramble! Attending a seminar on intro to scramble on sept 3rd. Otherwise, I began rockclimbing this year and at this date, I should have done a mountaineering experience on July 30th. Would I be good to join the meetup?

    August 25, 2013

    • Chris M.

      Yup, you'll be fine, this one is actually perfect for first timers :)

      August 26, 2013

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