Observation Peak (Alberta)

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Observation Peak
Observation Peak AB July 2003.jpg
Observation Peak, July 2003
Highest point
Elevation 3,174 m (10,413 ft) [1]
Prominence 644 m (2,113 ft) [2]
Listing Mountains of Alberta
Coordinates 51°44′31″N 116°28′01″W / 51.74194°N 116.46694°W / 51.74194; -116.46694Coordinates: 51°44′31″N 116°28′01″W / 51.74194°N 116.46694°W / 51.74194; -116.46694
Observation Peak is located in Alberta
Observation Peak
Observation Peak
Parent range Canadian Rockies
Topo map NTS 82N/09
First ascent 1895 by Bill Peyto and Walter Wilcox[2]
Easiest route easy/moderate scramble

Observation Peak is a mountain located in Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada. The mountain can be seen from the Icefields Parkway near the Bow Summit.

The peak was named in 1898 by Charles L. Noyes, a Boston clergyman, who upon climbing to the top found it to have the best viewpoint he had ever reached.[2][1]

The mountain can be scrambled using the western slopes and after reaching the top of the false summit, a 20 minute plod to the northwest leads to the true summit about 100 metres (328 ft) higher.[3]


  1. ^ a b "Observation Peak". PeakFinder.com. Retrieved 2012-06-29. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Observation Peak". Bivouac.com. Retrieved 2012-06-29. 
  3. ^ Alan Kane (1999). Scrambles in the Canadian Rockies. Rocky Mountain Books. p. 298. ISBN 0-921102-67-4.