Eisenhower Peak

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Eisenhower Peak is noteworthy because it is the tower shaped feature at the southeastern end of Castle Mountain which is the easternmost mountain of the Main Range of the Canadian Rockies. It is situated in Banff National Park east of the Trans-Canada Highway between the towns of Banff and Lake Louise Village. Along with Castle Mountain, Eisenhower Peak is one of the most photographed mountains in the Bow Valley because its stiking feature with nearly vertical cliffs can easily be seen from many vantage points along Highway 1 and the Bow Valley Parkway.

Castle Mountain was originally named in 1858 by James Hector because of its castle-like appearance. In 1946 it was renamed Mount Eisenhower to honor US General Dwight D. Eisenhower, the Commander of the Allied Forces during the final year of World War II. Canadians were outraged that a Canadian peak was named after an American, so the name was changed back to Castle Mountain in 1979. As a compromise, a prominent isolated tower on the mountain retained the Eisenhower name and was called Eisenhower Peak or also known as Eisenhower Tower.

Refer to "Selected Alpine Climbs in the Canadian Rockies" by Sean Dougherty on page 76 for climbing route information on Eisenhower Peak.

Elevation (feet): 9,029
Elevation (meters): 2,752
Continent: North America
Country: Canada
Range/Region: Canadian Rockies
Province: Alberta
Latitude: 51.299711
Longitude: -115.922413
Difficulty: Technical Climb
Best months for climbing: Jul, Aug, Sep
Year first climbed: 1926
First successful climber(s): P. Cerutti, Lawrence Grassi
Nearest major airport: Calgary
Convenient Center: Banff

Thanks to theyogiclimber for adding this peak.

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