Cirrus Mountain

Cirrus Mountain
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Cirrus Mountain is located in northern Banff National Park along the border with White Goat Wilderness. It is situated prominently on the east side of the North Saskatchewan River Valley and the west side of the Cline River Valley. Cirrus Mountain can easily be seen from the scenic Icefields Parkway (Highway 93N) when driving south from Sunwapta Pass, and from an overlook where the parkway makes a large switchback to ascend from the Saskatchewan River Valley up into the Nigel Creek Valley. The Icefields Parkway passes directly beneath the west footing of the mountain past the Weeping Wall where numerous waterfalls tumble from steep cliffs. Cirrus can also be viewed to full advantage from a short hike to the top of nearby Parker Ridge.

In 1928 the mountain was called Mount Huntington, but that name did not stick. Cirrus Mountain was officially named in 1935 after the thin wispy clouds which form at high altitudes. The Huntington name still remains as the name of the glacier on the east side of the summit.

Cirrus Mountain is world-famous for the excellent winter ice-climbing on frozen waterfalls on the Weeping Wall which looms above the Icefields Parkway. Refer to Joe Josephson’s Waterfall Ice, Climbs in the Canadian Rockies, for information on the ice climbing routes on Weeping Wall and Polar Circus.

Elevation (feet): 10,728
Elevation (meters): 3,270
Continent: North America
Country: Canada
Range/Region: Canadian Rockies
Latitude: 52.1694
Longitude: -116.9775
Difficulty: Scramble
Best months for climbing: Jan, Feb, Mar, Jul, Aug, Dec
Year first climbed: 1939
First successful climber(s): C.B. Sissons and H.J. Sissons
Nearest major airport: Calgary
Convenient Center: Banff

Thanks to theyogiclimber and Terrill Thompson for contributing to these details. (View history)

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