Mount Bourgeau

Elevation (feet): 9,613
Elevation (meters): 2,930
Continent: North America
Country: Canada
Range/Region: Canadian Rockies
Province: Alberta
Latitude: 51.132
Longitude: -115.775
Difficulty: Scramble
Best months for climbing: Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep
Year first climbed: 1890
First successful climber(s): McArthur and Wilson
Nearest major airport: Calgary International Airport
Convenient Center: Banff, Alberta

Thanks to Stephen Shiflett for adding this peak.

Mt. Bourgeau is a distinctive figure in the middle of the Canadien Rockies in Banff National Park, Alberta.

Getting There

The mountain can be acessed by taking the Trans-Canada Highway from Lake Louise village(North) and Banff townsite(West). You must take the Bourgeau Lake trail to get up to the mountain itself. There will be signs along the road near the turnoff for it. Information signs at the trailhead will report any grizzly activity and summit conditions.

Climb Descriptions

The first part of the Bourgeau Lake trail is long and not really much to look at, so make sure you tackle it early in the morning. After about a mile and a half, you will find youself at the foot of a waterfall. This means you are getting close. When over top of the waterfall you should be in the Bourgeau Lake basin. Mt. Bourgeau is towering over you on your left. Continue past the lake and begin to climb to Harvey Pass. Pass two lakeletts and you will turn left and find youself at Harvey Lake situated beautifully on Harvey Pass. Mt. Assiniboine is directley in front of you. Keep on going and make another left toward the actual main slope of Mt. Bourgeau. The climb is almost straight forward and tiringly steep the rest of the way.

The Summit

After a seemingly endless death march to the summit, you will immediatly find youself overwhelmed by a 360 degree veiw of most of the southern Canadien Rockies. A weather station is at the top and makes a good wind shelter. The summit log is located in a thermos to the left of the weather station.

Trip Reports

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

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  • Log #21761 - by Cheryle Battrum on Aug 28, 2009
    Mt Bourgeau is a fantastic hike, with amazing views pretty much the whole way! Even if you're not up to summitting this peak, at the very least make sure you hike to Harvey Pass. Stellar!