Eiffel Lake and Wenkchemna Pass

Lake Louise, Alberta

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Wenkchemna Pass is a long (10.4 km, 730 m height gain), arduous hike through some of the most glorious mountain scenery anywhere. If you prefer an easier trip, go only as far as Eiffel Lake, a delightful 6 km-long (370 m height gain) hike. You see Moraine and Eiffel lakes and all Ten Peaks from high elevation. At Wenkchemna Pass, the remarkable rock towers below are called the Eagle’s Eyrie. Walter Wilcox, one of the first men to hike it, considered this trail, “possibly the most spectacular and inspiring in the mountains.” He was intrigued by the variegated rock colours of the barren upper (Desolation) valley. “Limestones of every conceivable shade from pure white through salmon-pink, mauve, and purple, to almost ebony black; shales and sandstones, green gray, or stained orange and red by iron, are overgrown and ornamented in strange Oriental designs by many colored lichens.”
Day Hikes Near Lake Louise

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Day Hikes Near Lake Louise

by Don Beers (Rocky Mountain Books)

Wenkchemna Pass is a long (10.4 km, 730 m height gain), arduous hike through some of the most glorious mountain scenery anywhere. If you prefer an easier trip, go only as far as Eiffel Lake, a delightful 6 km-long (370 m height gain) hike. You see Moraine and Eiffel lakes and all Ten Peaks from high elevation. At Wenkchemna Pass, the remarkable rock towers below are called the Eagle’s Eyrie.

Walter Wilcox, one of the first men to hike it, considered this trail, “possibly the most spectacular and inspiring in the mountains.” He was intrigued by the variegated rock colours of the barren upper (Desolation) valley. “Limestones of every conceivable shade from pure white through salmon-pink, mauve, and purple, to almost ebony black; shales and sandstones, green gray, or stained orange and red by iron, are overgrown and ornamented in strange Oriental designs by many colored lichens.”

©  Don Beers/Rocky Mountain Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Lake Louise
Distance: 6.5
Elevation Gain: 2,400 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 6 hours
Season: Best in summer months
Local Contacts: Banff National Park
Driving Directions: Directions to Eiffel Lake and Wenkchemna Pass

Recent Trail Reviews

7/12/2005
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The "six hikers" rule was in effect this summer: all hikers must be in groups of 6 or more to discourage encounters with bears. Strictlly enforced. I had to wait at the trailhead for awhile until we reached critical mass, but then had a very enjoyable day. A little steep at first, then just a beautiful, relatively long trail up the valley to the pass. Very windy on the pass, and we had a brief snow storm on July 12. Well maintained trail with spectacular views. It will take some hikers more than hours for the round trip.


6/4/2004
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