Mount Edith

Featured photo of Mount Edith

Mount Edith (not to be confused with Edith Cavell) is one of the popular climbs in Banff National Park, one of four connecting national parks in the heart of the Canadian Rockies. Edith is located in the Bow River Valley just northwest of the town of Banff. It was first ascended in 1900 by Collie and Stephens.

Mount Edith is an uplift of the Devonian age Palliser limestone, a 500 meter thick formation of solid rock. There are four alpine rock routes on Edith and one scramble that can be varied from one peak to a traverse of all three of it's summits, the highest being the northernmost. It is a dogtooth mountain similar to Mount Louis to the north (my favorite rock alpine climb in Banff NP).

Getting There- The Trans-Canada Highway dissects Banff National Park east to west as you come in from Calgary. Bypass the Banff town exits and take the Bow Valley Parkway exit. Follow the parkway for .3 km west to a road on your right, turn right and proceed to the Fireside Picnic area at the end of the road.

Red Tape- You will be required to purchase a national park pass as you enter the park. This pass is good for all four national parks. If you plan many visits to Canadian National Parks within one year, you should purchase an annual pass. There are no permit requirements to climb in Banff National Park, but all camping is regulated. There is also a backcountry permit required if you plan on spending a night in the backcountry versus the town campsites. This can be obtained via the parks website which is included in the camping section below. Park headquarters are located in Banff and you will drive through the manned kiosks as you enter the park.

This is active grizzly country, therefore, you should always have bear spray on your person. We have had an increase in activity so far in 2005.

When To Climb- It is best to climb Mount Edith from June through September. There are no published or obvious backcountry ski routes on the mountain. There are small ice routes located between Mount Cory and Edith.

Camping- You can go on line at Banff National Park to pick your camp site and obtain your camping permit. The closest camping is back in the town site of Banff, or if you want to avoid the hustle and bustle, you can camp further down the Bow Valley Parkway at , Johnston Canyon Resort and Campground .

Mountain Conditions- Banff National Park’s website has weather, wildlife reports, trail closures, etc. Outside of the parks web site, Canadian Avalanche Association is also useful, particularly for winter travel.


Scramble- North Peak Only

Scramble- Traverse of all Three Peaks

South Ridge of the South Peak II 5.4- One of the more frequently climbed alpine rock routes in Banff.

East Face of the Central Peak III 5.10b- This route takes the largest and steepest face on the central peak of Edith via a very prominent water-worn groove that runs right down the middle of the face. It is more of a big crag climb than an alpine style rock climb.

North Face of the North Peak, Greenwood/Boles III 5.8- Soloed in 1984.

The Kafir Strikes Back III 5.10c- Takes the prominent corner line all the way up the centre of the face. This route is a sustained outing.

Elevation (feet): 8,379
Elevation (meters): 2,554
Continent: North America
Country: Canada
Range/Region: Canadian Rockies
Province: Alberta
Latitude: 51.2069
Longitude: -115.668
Difficulty: Scramble
Year first climbed: 1900
First successful climber(s): J N Collie, P Stevens
Nearest major airport: Calgary International
Convenient Center: Banff, Alberta

Thanks to Dow Williams for adding this peak.

Trip Reports

NOTE: Trip reports were previously called "Summit Logs" - same feature, new name

There are 3 trip reports for Mount Edith.

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  • Log #19110 - by Dow Williams on Feb 14, 2006
    This is a 3700'+/- ascent day. From the parking lot, cross the bridge and obtain the Cory-Edith Trial to your right. Hike 6 km along the Cory Pass trail to Cory Pass, which means you will take a left...
  • Log #17938 - by Bill Sutton on Sep 29, 2003
    This was a very entertaining scramble. The views were spectacular. Mt. Louis had some climbers putting on a show for us. ( Nice touch !!).
  • Log #17939 - by Tim L. Helmer on Jan 07, 2003
    On the way up I had difficulty in getting my left foot onto a foothold in the north peak chimney. I have an injury to my left knee that restricts mobility in that joint. On the way down I also had...