Park at the Helen Lake
trailhead parking lot 1km south of Bow Lake. Across from the Crowfoot Glacier
viewpoint approximately 38kms north of Lake Louise
on the Icefields Parkway. Banff National Park.
The hike and
scramble to the summit of Cirque Peak
is one of the least technical high
elevation peaks (2993ms)
that you can summit in Banff National Park.
Cirque Peak is also located next to
Helen Lake. Hike up to the Helen Lake
headwall then work your way up the
south west ridge of Cirque Peak. The
before the summit becomes more of a
scramble than a hike. Carefully work
you way up the rock slabs onto the
first summit. The true summit is
to the east with a narrow ridge
connecting the two. Be very careful here as
the east and south east faces are
cliffs to the bottom. Views from the
summit are 360 degrees and well
worth the effort. To the west you
can look down at the Wapta Icefields, Bow Glacier,
Bow Lake and
Peyto Lake. You're almost
eye level with Mount Hector and
Dolomite Peak to the south. To the
north east, you can see Isabella Lake
and the Siffleur Wilderness Area.
Dolomite Pass is directly below to
the south east.
Near Here: Local campgrounds include
Waterfowl Lake and
Louise. Trailheads to
Bow Lake Lookout
Cirque Lake Hikes,
Alpine Climb are all
located near here.
You are in bear country.