Saddleback

Lake Louise, Alberta

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Walter Wilcox, one of the men who discovered Paradise Valley, estimated that he made the hike to the Saddleback 40–50 times. Sir James Outram, whose many first ascents include Mt. Assiniboine, the highest mountain in Banff Park, also admired the view from the Saddleback: “Mt. Temple in its noblest grandeur…at whose far base nestles a small azure lakelet (Lake Annette), like a tiny bit of sky dropped from the heavens and almost lost in the depths of the sombre firs.” The name “Saddleback” derives from the saddle-shaped col, which for most of the summer also shows a white stirrup of snow in the gully beneath.
Short Walks Near Lake Louise

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Short Walks Near Lake Louise

by Don Beers (Rocky Mountain Books)

Walter Wilcox, one of the men who discovered Paradise Valley, estimated that he made the hike to the Saddleback 40–50 times.

Sir James Outram, whose many first ascents include Mt. Assiniboine, the highest mountain in Banff Park, also admired the view from the Saddleback: “Mt. Temple in its noblest grandeur…at whose far base nestles a small azure lakelet (Lake Annette), like a tiny bit of sky dropped from the heavens and almost lost in the depths of the sombre firs.” The name “Saddleback” derives from the saddle-shaped col, which for most of the summer also shows a white stirrup of snow in the gully beneath.

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

Activity Type: Walking
Nearby City: Lake Louise
Distance: 2.3
Elevation Gain: 2,000 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Duration: 1.5 hours
Season: Best in summer months
Local Contacts: Banff National Park
Driving Directions: Directions to Saddleback

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May 2018