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Mount Fairview Hike

  Ratings:    Ratings 5 Star
Level: Difficult Time/Dist: 5 to 6 hours / 11.5K return Elevation Gain: 1013m

Trailhead: Park at the Chateau Lake Louise parking lot at Lake Louise. Trail head is located on the west side of the parking lot towards Lake Louise. Banff National Park.

Description: Follow the well worn Saddleback trail as it slowly gains elevation through and old growth forest leading towards Saddleback Junction and Fairview Mountain. As you gain elevation, the views of the Bow Valley below you will refresh your energy. The trail then crosses a few avalanche slopes before entering the lower meadows below the Saddleback. Work your way up the scenic switchbacks that climb over the headwall to Saddleback Junction. From here you can continue on to Fairview Mountain or drop down Sheol Valley to Paradise Valley. Fairview Mountain will be in clear view, to your right. It's a lot higher then it looks from the junction and is a good example of false summits, expect another 460m of elevation. Follow the trail leading towards the bottom of Mount Fairview. Once you're on the scree, the trail starts to braid in several places due to hikers wearing poor footware. Stay on worn sections or choose a safe route to the top keeping in mind you need to descend the same way, more on that further down. Once you arrive at the summit, you'll be rewarded with stunning views of Mount Temple, Haddo Peak, Mount Aberdeen, Mount Victoria, Lake Louise and the Bow Valley. You'll also find a metal plaque bolted to a large boulder warning you to return the same way down the Saddleback trail. Take this sign seriously, several hikers have tried to shortcut the route by descending the Northeast ridge, only to find themselves stranded above high cliffs and awaiting a rescue the next day. Mount Fairview holds it snow well into July. Mountaineering experience is necessary early season. Expect to see crowds of people here during the summer months.

Near Here: Local campgrounds include Lake Louise, Mosquito Creek, Protection Mountain, Castle Mountain and Johnston Canyon. Trailheads to Consolation Lakes, Paradise Valley Plain of Six Glaciers, Larch Valley & Sentinel Pass, Lake Louise Tea House, Moraine Lake, Eiffel Lake, Wenkchemma Pass, Lake Annette, Lake AgnesMount Temple, Taylor Lake, Twin Lakes, Obrien Lake, Rockbound Lake, Boom Lake, Bourgeau Lake, are all located near here. You are in bear country.

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