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Eagle Mountain

Difficulty: 
Easy Scramble
Elevation [m]: 
2458
Round Trip Distance [km]: 
12.8
Net Elevation Gain [m]: 
1000
Total Elevation Gain [m]: 
1070
YDS Difficulty: 
3
Ascent Time: 
2:45
Bushwhackyness: 
Very Little and Not Bad
Tripdate: 
Sunday, March 29, 2015
Another trip to the Ya Ha Tinda.  This time Steven, Vern, and I were planning to head up Warden Rock on Sunday but with a decent forecast for Saturday we decided to head down a little early and go up Eagle Mountain Saturday afternoon.  Eagle Mountain proved to be similar to the other peaks in the area (Maze, Evangeline, Rum Ridge etc.) as mostly an easy scramble with a few spicy sections.
 
Parking at the Eagle Lake trailhead we set off on the trail (more of an ATV track) which was a bit of a mud-slog but made for quick travel.  After crossing Eagle Creek we cut off the trail and set off up into the bush.  The bush was never too dense and a good steep slope got us up to treeline swiftly.
 
 

Setting out from the Eagle Lake trailhead.

 

Steven and Vern almost at the first false summit.

 

Once passing into the alpine the character of the route changed to an interesting ridgewalk complete with a few (optional) tricky scrambling sections and even a short snow slope.  In total there were three false summits to be conquered before reaching the proper summit each following swiftly after the next.  On this particular day we had some very interesting clouds to the south which made for a good variety in views!  During the traverse of the false summits if you want to bypass difficulties, sticking to climbers left (north) of the ridge will get you to the summit with few difficulties (but more loose scree).
 

Looking towards the second false summit.

 

More great views looking back towards Banff National Park.

 

A look at the last false summit, the true summit is hidden in clouds.

 

Steven doing an optional low 5th downclimb.

 

The clouds made for neat views.

 

Summit views from Eagle Mountain.

 

 
From the summit views to west were quite decent with the usual peaks in the area showing up and to the east interesting cloud formations giving the peak a bigger feel than on a bluebird day.  After taking in the views and searching for a register we wandered back down the way we came, making for a pleasant afternoon stroll.

 

Steven re-ascending a short snow slope.

 

Back at the optional 5th class section (can by bypassed on the right).

 

Interesting lighting.

 

Back down on the Eagle Lake trail.

 

Not a bad daytrip, time to rest up for the morning.

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