Mount Edith North Peak

Banff National Park

Hike and scramble to the first of Mount Edith's three peaks.

Hiking Extreme

Distance
12 km
Ascent
1.2 km
Descent
1.2 km
Duration
4-5 hrs
Low Point
1.4 km
High Point
2.6 km
Gradient
25˚
Mount Edith North Peak Map

Mount Edith in Banff National Park (different from Mount Edith Cavell in Jasper National Park) is a craggy mountain with three distinct peaks. The route described here is to North Peak, which is the true summit. It is also the first portion of the longer and more difficult Three Peaks scramble.

Description

The hike to Mount Edith begins on Cory Pass Trail through a spacious and vibrant forest. Soon you’ll come to a fork and go left, where steep switchbacks will get your legs warm right away. After this initial climb, it’s an easy but long walk on a good trail along the forested ridgeline.

Eventually, you’ll leave the trees behind, and the views will improve dramatically as the trail traverses the slopes just above timberline. It crosses many avalanche gullies, where the trail is usually good, but you may encounter some debris and snow.

The scrambling begins at Cory Pass. North Peak looks imposing, but closer inspection reveals a few chimneys leading to the top. Careful route finding will reveal the path of least resistance, and the scrambling should be easy, albeit mildly exposed, if you remain on-route. The summit is delightfully narrow with some serious exposure on some sides, but the footing is solid, and there are flat spots on which to relax. You should be able to descend the same chimney you came up.

The route is mapped here as an out-and-back that returns the same way, but you could alternatively descend the other side of Cory Pass and complete the loop trail, making a slightly longer day.

Sources: https://www.summitpost.org/mount-edith/154164 http://people.ucalgary.ca/~tsai/Scrambles/Edith/Edith.htm https://stevensong.com/canadian-rockies/banff/mount-edith/

Difficulty

Extreme

Scrambling up mountains and along technical trails with moderate fall exposure. Handholds are necessary to navigate the trail in its entirety, although they are not necessary at all times. Some obstacles can be very large and difficult to navigate, and the grades can often be near-vertical. The challenge of the trail and the steepness of the grade results in very strenuous hiking. Hikes of this difficulty blur the lines between "hiking" and "climbing".

Medium Exposure

2 out of 4

The trail contains some obstacles such as outcroppings and rock which could cause injury.

Remoteness

2 out of 4

Away from help but easily accessed.

Best time to visit

June, July, August, September

Features

  • Alpine
  • Summit Hike

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