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Mount Temple Scramble

  Ratings:    Ratings 5 Star
Level: Difficult Time/Dist: 7 to 12 hrs / 16.5K return Elevation Gain: 1690m

Trailhead: Park in the Moraine Lake parking lot located at Moraine Lake 12kms west of the Lake Louise town site. Banff National Park. Moraine Lake Road is not plowed during the winter months however it is an excellent cross country ski in.

Description: Summiting Mount Temple is not a hike, it's considered a difficult scramble. The SW scramble route leading up to Mount Temple's summit is often referred to as the "Tourist Route", don't let this name fool you into a safe sense of security. More mountaineering accidents have occurred on Mount Temple than any other mountain located in Banff National Park. This scramble requires good route finding skills and basic mountaineering knowledge. The second grey rock band (the crux) requires some exposed climbing. Depending on the conditions and time of year sections of the route can vary from safe to extremely hazardous. You'll need mountaineering skills to determine the routes condition and necessary gear. Another option is to hire a local guide. Main concerns are summit ice, falling rock from hikers above, bad weather or whiteout conditions on the descent. It's a long way down with several cliff bands along the way. If you're not confident in the weather you should plan your ascent for another day. It's interesting to note the Alpine Club of Canada suggests not descending in case of a whiteout and to carry overnight clothing. A helmet is an absolute must. Rock fall from the crowds of people that may be moving above you has become a serious hazard. I estimated around 100 people we're on this route when I went up on a clear day in early September. I counted over 20 people on the summit at any given time. On the way up near the crux, I passed individuals that were wearing runners and t-shirts and carrying nothing not even water. They obviously didn't make the summit.

Walk past the Moraine Lake lodge towards the Larch Valley trail head sign marker. This is the start to Sentinel Pass, Larch Valley, Eiffel Lake, Wenkchemna Pass and Mount Temple. Work your way up what seems like an endless amount of switch backs towards Sentinel Pass. Once you arrive at the meadows, poke your way around hoards of tourists as you pass a beautiful tarn lake located at the base of Pinnacle Mountain. Keep going up the last few switchbacks to the saddle of Sentinel Pass. At this point, the scramble up the southwest ridge to the summit of Mount Temple begins. Check out the Banff National Park Mount Temple Route Description for more information, this is the best description I have found. Print it and take it with you if you're planning to summit. Remember to stay left on the summit ridge avoiding the urge to look over the snow cornices. Once you summit, you'll be rewarded with outstanding views of the surrounding mountains and the lush valleys way, way, way down below you. WOW...You'll see Mount Lefroy, Mount Aberdeen Mount Victoria, Mount Assiniboine, Pinnacle Mountain, Mount Hungabee, Deltaform, Mount Fay, Wenkchemma Glacier, Mount Hector and on and on. Photo's below were taken early September.

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 Agnes, Mount Fairview, 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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Late June. Pictures Below Eearly September  
   
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  Larch Valley Ad Tarn Lake below Mount Pinnacle
   
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Larch Valley Switchbacks Up Sentinel Pass
   
 
   
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Bivouac located at Sentinel Pass. Larch Valley
   
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Pinnacle Mountain Pinnacle Mountain and Mount Lefroy
   
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Base of Mount Hungabee Mount Temple Cliff Bands
   
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Larch Valley Larch Valley
   
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Paradise Valley and Hungabee Mountain Mount Lefroy and Mount Victoria
   
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Paradise Valley and Mount Aberdeen Paradise Valley and Mount Lefroy
   
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Paradise Valley Mount Temple Summit Ridge
   
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Mount Temple Summit Mount Temple Summit Cornice
   
 
   
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Bow Valley Looking Southeast Paradise Valley, Hungabee Mountain, Mount Lefroy
   
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Mount Temple Northeast Ridge Summit Of Mount Temple Looking North
   
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Consolation Lakes And Moraine Lake From Summit  
   
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Consolation Lakes Mount Fay And Wenkchemna Glacier
   
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Paradise Valley And Hungabee Mountain Paradise Valley, Mount Lefroy, Mount Victoria
   
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Mount Lefroy And Mount Victoria Mount Aberdeen
   
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Summit Cornice Mount Temple Consolation Lakes
   
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Bow Valley Looking Southeast Consolation Lakes From Mount Temple Summit
   
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Consolation Lakes And Moraine Lake Summit Ridge
   
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Moraine Lake And Summit Ridge Consolation Lakes  Bow Valley
   
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