Sunwapta Peak

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Sunwapta Peak is located in the Sunwapta river valley, just north of the Columbia Icefield in Jasper National Park.

A very good view of the route up Sunwapta Peak can be seen from highway 93N, south of Jonas Creek.

Sunwapta Peak was named in 1906 after the river of the same name. Sunwapta means "turbulent river" in the Stoney Indian language.

Due to its elevation and location, an ice axe is recommended to deal with any lingering snow near the top, although you might not need it in ideal summer conditions in late July and August.

Elevation gain: 1735m/5690'. Guide book: Scrambles in the Canadian Rockies by Alan Kane.

Elevation (feet): 10,876
Elevation (meters): 3,315
Continent: North America
Country: Canada
Range/Region: Canadian Rockies
Province: Alberta
Latitude: 52.349497
Longitude: -117.275276
Difficulty: Walk up
Best months for climbing: Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep
First successful climber(s): Jimmy Simpson
Nearest major airport: Calgary
Convenient Center: Jasper (N), Saskatchewan Crossing (S)

Thanks to Craig Knelsen for adding this peak.

Trip Reports

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

There are 3 trip reports for Sunwapta Peak.

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  • Log #21085 - by an anonymous user on Nov 05, 2007
    Sunwapta is very decieving to the eye from the highway. It is a very long hike be ready for many unexprected ridges that just never end until you get to the top. The view at the top is breathtaking...
  • Log #18570 - by Rob Riley on Oct 30, 2003
    Do not follow the falls path! It's a nice hike with good views but is not the best way. I followed it for two hours and never was able to find a good route out of the trees to the summit. Rob Riley
  • Log #18571 - by Craig Knelsen on Oct 23, 2003
    A few minutes up from the gravel washout, you'll find a good foot trail going up the left side above the drainage. Took me about 90 minutes to exit the last of the trees. A few small snow fields on...