Mount Whyte

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Mount Whyte
Lake Agnes AB.jpg
Mt. Whyte at top centre, above Lake Agnes
Highest point
Elevation 2,983 m (9,787 ft) [1]
Prominence 140 m (460 ft) [2]
Coordinates 51°24′30″N 116°16′05″W / 51.40833°N 116.26806°W / 51.40833; -116.26806
Location Alberta, Canada
Parent range Bow Range
Topo map NTS 82N/08
First ascent 1901
Easiest route Difficult scramble

Mount Whyte is a mountain in Alberta, Canada located in Banff National Park, near Lake Louise. The mountain can be seen from the Trans-Canada Highway, and offers views of the Valley of the Ten Peaks, including the Chateau Lake Louise.

The mountain was named in 1898 by Sir William Methuen after William Whyte, a representative of the Canadian Pacific Railway.


Mt. Whyte is usually combined with Mount Niblock (2,976 m (9,764 ft)) when done as a scramble. However, while Mt. Niblock is rated a moderate scramble, Mt. Whyte is much more difficult due to additional exposure and loose rock. The scramble should not be attempted in snowy conditions due to considerable fall distance which would likely prove fatal. A route description can be found in Scrambles in the Canadian Rockies.

For rock climbers, the Perren Route (II 5.6) is another option. While mostly a scramble as well, a short section of difficult climbing near the top in addition to route finding challenges and loose rock will not make it an easy ascent.

See also[edit]

  • Mt. Whyte was name by Walter Wilcox, "Named by Walter Wilcox in 1898. Whyte, Sir William Methuen (After working for the Grand Trunk Railway for twenty years, William White joined the CPR in 1884 and held various titles during the building of the railway. He became Vice President in 1910.) Official name."


  1. ^ PeakFinder. "Mount Whyte". Retrieved 2007-09-10. 
  2. ^ "Mount Whyte". Retrieved 2009-01-02.