Mount Temple

Mount Temple
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Drive to Moraine Lake and take the Larch Valley Trail to Sentinel Pass (2400' gain). This trail is almost always (by law) under the minimum 6 hiker mandate. However, it is easy to hitch rides to and fro; you just can't go too early in the morning. Once at the pass, proceed to your right along a trail and scramble up scree staying to the right until you crest and then look for a solid scramble up some firm rock. Cairns are abundant. Another step awaits you shortly, but for the most part, an uneventful scramble.

Smoky (bad fires set in this summer) day for me, but best views included a real good study of Fay and her glacier, Hungabee, Eiffel, The Mitre, Lefroy and Victoria. I went in with a young couple climbing a route consisting of 4-5.10's on a cool looking spire right below Pinnacle, looking NW from the pass. And I had a beer with another couple who I hiked with on the way out. A regular human highway on a Wednesday, yet bears still frequent the area including a stalking one week prior. No snow to deal with this July. Be sure not to circumvent the mountain too far to the SE. In other words, keep moving up, staying on good trail.

Elevation (feet): 11,626
Elevation (meters): 3,544
Continent: North America
Country: Canada
Range/Region: Canadian Rockies
Province: Alberta
Latitude: 51.350986
Longitude: -116.206083
Difficulty: Scramble
Year first climbed: 1894
First successful climber(s): S. Allen, L. Frissel, W. Wilcox
Nearest major airport: Calgary, Alberta
Convenient Center: Lake Louise, Alberta

Thanks to Dow Williams for adding this peak.

Trip Reports

There are 58 trip reports for Mount Temple.

  • Log #7311 - by Farhad Sa on Aug 24, 20043.00 stars
    Gorgeos Views of Paradise Valley, Larch Valley and the whole area, including the Morain Lake. I Would recommend this to all Moderate hikers out there, who wish to push their limits for just one day,...
  • Log #7312 - by Shahin Akbari on Aug 24, 20043.00 stars
    "It made me belive in myself more than ever"
  • Log #7313 - by Nima Hosseini on Aug 24, 20043.00 stars
    We started around 8:30 am, had a small break in the valley. Regrouped and moved up the mountain. Took a wrong turn to avoid scrambling and had to turn back, so did every body but me. I decided to...
  • Log #7314 - by Dmitry Freitor, Andrey Mankou Agarkova on Aug 15, 20043.00 stars
    Bivouaked just below the black towers - the best view in town!!
  • Log #7315 - by Mike Wyman on July 25, 20043.00 stars
    Scrambled up to summit from Sentinel Pass. The grade of this route allows for a nice steady pace although the last 200 metres are tiring. The views are stunning. Met some Alpine climbers, it took...
  • Log #7316 - by Link Simpson on July 05, 20043.00 stars
    Nice Day wore shorts all the way.
  • Log #7317 - by Keith George on Apr 02, 20043.00 stars
    It's a great climb but a long hike from the parking lot to the second set of switchbacks and from there on it's straight up.pending on the route it can be a mid-scramble or a tough climb you chose if...
  • Log #7318 - by Lorne Graham on Dec 10, 20033.00 stars
    East Ridge, car to car 12hours. Very authentic route. I can see why it is a 50's clasic.
  • Log #7319 - by Rene Boisselle on Nov 29, 20033.00 stars
    In the seventies: Climb the East Spur (Black Towers) with the late J.P. Cadot. Highly recommended. In the eighties: Climb the North East Buttress . Did the first free ascent in a day and half...
  • Log #7320 - by Donald Fraser on Nov 11, 20033.00 stars
    I lived in Lake Louise for a few years, so Mount Temple was a daily sight for me. It was a part of my horizon. I managed to hike/scramble most of the peaks that face the villiage of Lake Louise...
  • Log #7321 - by Frederick W on Oct 10, 20033.00 stars
    A wondeful scramble. The Summit can still be covered in snow well into the summer so an ice axe is useful. Views to the north are great and the view to the south is even more amazing.
  • Log #7322 - by Adam Ludgate on Oct 05, 20033.00 stars
    Most amazing summit ever. We were in shorts and t-shirts at the summit (not bad for october), and it was very warm. Not a cloud in the sky. Next time I go up I plan to spend a couple hours up there.
  • Log #7323 - by Sheldon on Sep 24, 20033.00 stars
    Temple was an awsome mountain.But there is better scrambles out there.
  • Log #7324 - by brandon thiessen on Sep 10, 20033.00 stars
    incredible scramble. it lived up to it's reputaion as the ultimate. not too tough, in fact, i dragged my 50 year old, out-of-shape father up it, and it was no problem. there were a few tougher parts;...
  • Log #7325 - by Lindsay McKellar on Sep 09, 20033.00 stars
    A fantastic journey! I've worked at Moraine Lake Lodge for 3 seasons now and this was something I had wanted to do for a long time! 6 of us (all staff) made it to the top in 6 hours and it took us...
  • Log #7326 - by Robert Kulhawy on Sep 02, 20033.00 stars
    This is a magnificent Summit. The views are among the most spectatular in the world. The wheather was clear, suuny and warm. This peak is one any serious scrambler should add to their list.
  • Log #7327 - by Bill Sutton on Aug 31, 20033.00 stars
    What a monster!! A little busy but it was a long weekend after all. This view is astounding.
  • Log #7328 - by Andre Bodnar on Aug 28, 20033.00 stars
    After relentless switchbacks, finally reach the Mountain. Great views of Moraine Lake and The Valley of the Ten Peaks after reaching the summit through the ever thinning air. Experience definetly an...
  • Log #7329 - by John Moore on Aug 06, 20033.00 stars
    We climbed the mountian on one of the hottest days of the summer. It felt like 15°C on the summit. We used mountaineering axes, but wished we would have used the ski poles that others were using. It...
  • Log #7330 - by David & Karen on Aug 05, 20033.00 stars
    We go to the Rockies every year and without fail the week we plan to go has lousy weather. This year we decided to wait for a sunny forecast and try to cram as much hiking as we could into a long...
  • Log #7332 - by Tim L. Helmer on Dec 16, 20023.00 stars
    I scrambled Temple three times and am not done yet. It's a good one to take new frends on (of the Mountain variety). A sunny summer day on Mount Temple is a day well spent. What a fantastic...
  • Log #7333 - by Kimberley Ruller on Nov 25, 20023.00 stars
    Ultreya....Go Beyond! The day we climbed was gorgeous, sunny and clear. Views were breathtaking, visibility was perfect. Plan to do it again in 2003!
  • Log #7334 - by Jim Belanger on Oct 23, 20023.00 stars
    In '97, met a guy, Ken, on the summit who ended up bivying on top for two nights. Ken told me of someone he knew that wanted to fly up the bow valley the following day. I got the guy's phone # and we...
  • Log #7335 - by Glenn Watson on Sep 25, 20023.00 stars
    Great climb! Route was clear, only had to traverse one small gulley with snow. View from the summit was amazing even with the cloud deck just above the summit (Mt. Victoria's summit below us was in...
  • Log #7336 - by Terry Lakey on Sep 21, 20023.00 stars
    Left Morrain Lake parking lot at 6:50 AM. 9 hour return trip. We had clear, sunny skies so you could see for miles. I would suggest not doing it on a weekend if you want to stay away from...
  • Log #7337 - by Rob Dempsey on Sep 18, 20023.00 stars
    First summit - temprature was -20C, stiff wind. In 2001 - we met a guy sun tanning at the top, two Toronto lawyers in sandles ... go figure. Awesome views - well worth the effort !
  • Log #7338 - by Russ Osborne on Aug 30, 20023.00 stars
    Great scramble, but the summit views were seriously obscured by cloud. :( Fun trip still :)
  • Log #7339 - by Mark Bunnah on Aug 05, 20023.00 stars
    More beautiful then anything imaginable, on a clear blue windless day in July. The sense of accomplishment one receives while sitting on the summit, is worth every heart beat it takes to dine on this...
  • Log #7340 - by Christian P. Robert on Aug 01, 20023.00 stars
    I missed the famous "third gully" and went too far to the right, but then found a rather easy route back to the ridge, even though it increased my climbing time
  • Log #7341 - by Harold Neufeld on Dec 30, 20013.00 stars
    I climbed on my own, but tagged along with other groups. Used the so-called 'tourist route', leaving the parking lot at 7am. 45minutes to the junction to Larch Valley, another 65 minutes to top of...
  • Log #7342 - by Jay Rankin on Nov 11, 20013.00 stars
    An awesome 8 hour day. We experienced all types of weather, from warm sun to wind blown snow. Very windy and cold on summit.
  • Log #7343 - by Kyle Oak on Nov 06, 20013.00 stars
    Climbed Mt. Temple on a very cold and icey day. At the top the views were nil. Check out my website for pics and more info.
  • Log #7344 - by Justin McKibbin on Oct 30, 20013.00 stars
    Climbed Mt. Temple by myself on a beautiful summer day. Many people on the route, very warm, even on the top of the mountain. I took an alternate descent route, and instead of descending the first...
  • Log #7345 - by catherine on Sep 09, 20013.00 stars
    Cath and Dave McCormick, (Dave for the 5th time), Cath for the first - great views. Up in 5 hours, 4 hours down. Perfect weather, not even windy on top. No snow until summit.
  • Log #7346 - by Carthy Chan on Sep 04, 20013.00 stars
    The morning was beautiful, but by the time we got to Sentinel Pass the temperature had cooled down quite a bit. The summit was extremely windy with snow pellets that blew in your face for the...
  • Log #7347 - by kelly on Aug 28, 20013.00 stars
    Great scramble, great view, snow was very unstable. I saw 6 avalanches that day two on temple! In addition to a van sized cornis falling off the summit when we were right next to it. It was a amazing...
  • Log #7348 - by Rick Kilbrai on Aug 05, 20013.00 stars
    This was basically the first real scramble I had attempted. It was truly and awesome experience, but definitely a lot of work as the elevation got higher. An amazing day to remember.
  • Log #7349 - by Andrew Sunter on Feb 27, 20013.00 stars
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  • Log #7350 - by Petter Dyndahl on Feb 26, 20013.00 stars
    Sitting back home during winter, Norwegian father and son built up a great summer prospect, reading Alan Kane's description of "the ultimate scramble". July 26, it all came up to...
  • Log #7351 - by Larry Lalonde on Sep 14, 20003.00 stars
    Wow, what a climb. It is great to see the entries from my good friends Kate, Jeff, and Nicole. A great day playing in lots of snow with good friends, high winds, and lots of drama. What better way to...
  • Log #7352 - by Kate Ryan on Sep 12, 20003.00 stars
    The scramble of all scrambles! Gusting winds, blowing snow, deep snow, and very cold. Little visibility near the top. Very exhausting but a fabulous experience had by all!
  • Log #7353 - by Jeff Budden on Sep 12, 20003.00 stars
    WOW! Huge vert; finally put it all together after three years of trying.... Good friends, Good times all in total flatlight (at summit)... not to mention the pelting snow "bullets", Ah! Can...
  • Log #7354 - by Nicole Anderson on Sep 11, 20003.00 stars
    Wonderful challenge due to the volume of snow! This will go down as one of my FAVOURITES!
  • Log #7355 - by Darren Courtnage on Sep 10, 20003.00 stars
    Our group was all first timers....took 9 hours car to car. Full out blizzard on the top..-15C without windchill.
  • Log #7356 - by Mathieu Bolullo on Aug 02, 20003.00 stars
    Took 28 hours to reach the summit. We started from the parking lot at 3:30 AM onjuly 20th. We climbed the Aemmer Couloir wich proved to be interesting. Lots of avi danger when the sun hits the slope...
  • Log #7357 - by Bill Schnitzler on July 20, 20003.00 stars
    We've climbed fast (3:45); we've climbed slowly (5:30 and 6:30). All very enjoyable days. Thanks to Alan Kane and his book for description of the mountain, and particularly the three rock bands. That...
  • Log #7358 - by Alan Kane on Jan 10, 20003.00 stars
    This is now a very popular scramble, although the last few years the area has been closed due to a grizzly having taken up residence there. This year, Parks Canada allowed groups of 6 or more to go...
  • Log #7359 - by James Adamson on Oct 17, 19993.00 stars
    A fairly easy climb, looks good from pictures and the surrounding landscape is one of a kind. A great climb, but stay away on summer weekends eh!
  • Log #7360 - by Billy Tarchuk on Sep 14, 19993.00 stars
    5.5 hours up at an old man's pace by the tourist route, the young guns went ahead and probably took 4.5 hours. 3 hours down. The weather was beautiful.
  • Log #7361 - by Michael Bingham on Aug 27, 19993.00 stars
    With Eric Engberg East Ridge - 16 hours car to car. Great Climb. Lots of loose limey shale above the 'Step'. Great weather (but hot).
  • Log #7362 - by Chris Westfalewski on Mar 11, 19993.00 stars
    Do not plan to summit this peak during the weekend. There is just to much traffic to the summit.
  • Log #7363 - by LADIS ARTS on Dec 01, 19983.00 stars
    We started at 10 AM at the visitors center, walked up to the first plateau, then to the pass and finally we parted after a small lunch for the summit. A lot of wind on the pass, some very steep...
  • Log #19122 - by Dow Williams on Feb 14, 20063.00 stars
    Smoky (bad fires set in this summer) day for me, but best views included a real good study of Fay and her glacier, Hungabee, Eiffel, The Mitre, Lefroy and Victoria. No snow to deal with this July. Be...
  • Log #18795 - by James Doyle on Aug 22, 20053.00 stars
    Nice scramble, getting a bit cluttered with several misleading ciarns being added by the day. Getting off the main track is pretty forgiving though. Could have done with some helmets and ice...
  • Log #20448 - by Steve Stoddart on Oct 22, 20063.00 stars
    Long haul, not overly technical, but had good directions from previousr climbers. Walked out on snow cap at peak and started to slide towards cliff...pretty scary till I stopped sliding and realized...
  • Log #20118 - by Les Obbagy on July 18, 20063.00 stars
    This was our (my hiking partner and I) first peak over 6500'. It was amazingly breathtaking and well worth the looonnggg drive from Vancouver Island! I left an old aircraft 'Remove Before Flight'...
  • Log #20878 - by Cheryle Battrum on July 14, 20073.00 stars
    We scrambled this peak, on a Friday the 13th! The summit views definitely made the nasty scree slog worthwhile... descending was a challenge; I would not recommended this scramble for folks who...
  • Log #21171 - by Frank Reddick on Feb 04, 20083.00 stars
    Great hike. We went up the Southwest slopes route...completely snow free which made it pretty easy. Great views up high of the surrounding high peaks.