Protection Mountain

Lake Louise, Alberta

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This trail leads to a mine prospect that may go back to the days of Silver City (about 1885). Copper was the main mineral found here. It is easier than you might expect of a path that has been little-used for 50 years. You get few views until you reach timberline. From the high mine trail, you get a panorama of mountains from Skoki and the Waputik Range to Mt. Assiniboine. If you take care to follow the old but distinct blazes, you should have little problem staying on the route. Expect wet sections near the beginning. Although the start is easy, the grade becomes challenging. In early season, expect snow at higher altitudes. Bring clothing to protect you from cold winds and changes of weather. Take rain pants: if it storms before you return, the undergrowth will be wet. Please respect the integrity of the site so that our children’s children can see it as you do today.

Protection Mountain Professional Review and Guide

"This trail leads to a mine prospect that may go back to the days of Silver City (about 1885). Copper was the main mineral found here. It is easier than you might expect of a path that has been little-used for 50 years. You get few views until you reach timberline. From the high mine trail, you get a panorama of mountains from Skoki and the Waputik Range to Mt. Assiniboine.

If you take care to follow the old but distinct blazes, you should have little problem staying on the route. Expect wet sections near the beginning. Although the start is easy, the grade becomes challenging. In early season, expect snow at higher altitudes. Bring clothing to protect you from cold winds and changes of weather. Take rain pants: if it storms before you return, the undergrowth will be wet. Please respect the integrity of the site so that our children’s children can see it as you do today."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Lake Louise
Distance: 4.6
Elevation Gain: 3,410 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 6 hours
Season: Best in summer months
Local Contacts: Banff National Park
Driving Directions: Directions to Protection Mountain

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May 2018