Getting Lost on the Way to Eiffel Peak AKA Wenkchemna Pass

Location: Alberta, Canada
Participants: Michelle Wong, Jacob, Sophie Sweatman, Jimmy Quigley, Jeremy Stroman, Julian Tejada, Leanne Christianson, Jacqueline Cornish, Patrick Latter
Time: 6 Hours
Weather: 15°C – 20°C
Elevation Gain: 750m
Max Elevation: 2611m
Start Time: 7:30am

Directions

Take Highway 1 from Calgary and turn left at the Lake Louise exit. Then follows the signs for Moraine Lake.

Gear

  • Hiking Boots
  • Food
  • Water
  • Shell
  • Warm fleece
  • Gaiters

Camera Gear Used:

Story

The trailhead begins at the beautiful Moraine Lake.

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After making your way up the switchback you reach a junction for Larch Valley. It is here we made the mistake of following the path to the left to Eiffel lake, hoping it would be where the trail would began for Eiffel Peak. We found out later that we should have continued on to the right towards Larch Valley. Despite the mistake we still ended up hiking along the amazing “Valley of the Ten Peaks”.

There was a little snow left but with a path worn in, it wasn’t too much trouble. Hard to believe that snow is still left in Mid July!

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Looking up at Eiffel Peak as we pass it on the left. This is when we realized we had made a mistake and were on the wrong side of the mountain.

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As we continued on we reached Eiffel Lake at the base of the mountain. With not enough time to correct our mistake, we decided to hike up to Wenkchemna Pass in the distance instead.

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Stopping to have a quick bite to eat at the base of the pass and looking back at Eiffel Peak. It’s the block shaped mountain top to the far right.

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Once we reached the top of the pass we took some group photos. *Foreshadowing* Notice the bear warning to the lower right…

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Just as we finished taking this photo we heard some shouting and turn around to see this grizzly just STROLL right by us! Paying zero attention to us and then heading back down the other side of the pass.

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Once the bear was out of sight we headed back down into the valley. This time taking the easy way down.

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Near the bottom of the snow slope we spotted some prints from the Grizzly we had just seen.

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Once at the base of the pass we began to make our way back through the valley.

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Back at the trail head a few of us decided to go for a very, VERY short swim in the glacial waters of Moraine Lake.

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By | 2017-06-07T12:56:52+00:00 July 29th, 2013|Day Hikes|31 Comments

31 Comments

  1. dorthahisedevelops July 29, 2013 at 5:36 pm - Reply

    Beautiful photos! We are preparing for a trip into Canada in August and your photos are inspiring! 🙂

  2. Anonymous July 29, 2013 at 5:40 pm - Reply

    Wow! Amazing hike!!!!!

  3. Paul Doherty July 29, 2013 at 5:46 pm - Reply

    Picturesque! Great photos!

  4. LB July 29, 2013 at 7:15 pm - Reply

    The photos really show the beauty of this pass, the playfulness of your friends, and the contrast between rock, snow, peak, and valley. I really love the pre-grizzly shot!

  5. f-Stops.net July 29, 2013 at 8:45 pm - Reply

    Great photos, as always! The Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8 L II USM seems to be a great zoom lens.

  6. sukiesoriginal July 29, 2013 at 10:34 pm - Reply

    I was thinking that this is one hike I could maybe add to my list of things -to-do-if-I-ever-get-to-Canada, but then you mentioned the bear! Ulp. I suppose you might feel the same way about our snakes?!

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  8. Pride in Photos Photography July 30, 2013 at 6:04 am - Reply

    Gorgeous gorgeous post my friend!

  9. rutakintome July 30, 2013 at 6:52 am - Reply

    Again, inspirational work! Bravo!

  10. linhartb July 30, 2013 at 7:01 am - Reply

    Beautiful pictures! Looks like an awesome hike!

  11. theindeliblelifeofme July 30, 2013 at 2:35 pm - Reply

    Stunning photos.

  12. hhblogangel July 30, 2013 at 8:21 pm - Reply

    Thank you for sharing this incredible journey with all of us. Stunning photos!

  13. dddebolt July 31, 2013 at 8:59 am - Reply

    Your blog is awesome man. The photography is gorgeous as well. I will be stopping back by to probably buy some prints they would go really well in my studio.

  14. Heather July 31, 2013 at 12:36 pm - Reply

    You’ve convinced me. I need to move farther north.

  15. jimmorrisondreamdiaries July 31, 2013 at 1:19 pm - Reply

    Unbelievable that the bear didn’t even come near any of you. I’ll bet it felt like being close to heaven way up these mountains and what a view all round. Not a climber but can see and understand why people do it now for the first time. Thanks for these.

  16. mhasegawa August 1, 2013 at 5:14 am - Reply

    Seeing Lake Moraine brings back some good memories!

  17. Hari Qhuang August 1, 2013 at 10:27 am - Reply

    Hello, Mr. Latter.
    I just nominated you for the Liebster award. I donot know if you have been nominated before. I just thought that your hiking photos are super delicious! (I guess I have spent too much time in the kitchen). 😀
    http://hariqhuang.wordpress.com/2013/08/01/the-liebster-award/

  18. David August 1, 2013 at 11:31 am - Reply

    Taking the wrong turn, on occasion, really works out well.

  19. Gregoryno6 August 2, 2013 at 8:13 am - Reply

    So very different from the landscapes I know here in Australia. Thanks, Patrick.

  20. jdtphotography.co.uk August 5, 2013 at 4:15 am - Reply

    Inspirational

  21. rigmover August 5, 2013 at 6:56 am - Reply

    Stunning.

  22. beebeesworld August 5, 2013 at 8:02 am - Reply

    Beautiful and adventurous-wow! eebeesworld

  23. Betty Londergan August 5, 2013 at 3:13 pm - Reply

    OMG, Patrick — I posted on the VERY same hike today!! (We got back from Alberta two weeks ago)I loved Wenkchemna so much, but I am really jealous that you saw the grizzly!! Fabulous hike and as usual, fabulous photos!

  24. drskn08 August 6, 2013 at 1:42 pm - Reply

    These are gorgeous places and so wonderfully taken images. I can imagine the fun to be at such places and directing the lenses to all around.. lovely images.

  25. C Ohara August 7, 2013 at 3:20 pm - Reply

    Gosh, it looks so beautiful, especially the water! I can’t believe it. The grizzly looks pretty boss, too.
    Awesome photos as always. 🙂

  26. Handbook For The Fierce Bitch August 11, 2013 at 9:39 pm - Reply

    I have nominated you for the Word Press Family Award. Click on this link http://wp.me/p1cRxL-hH to check for more info on the award. Congratulations and welcome to the Word Press Family! Erica

  27. recoveringme August 17, 2013 at 6:57 am - Reply

    Amazing photography and I got lost in your world of freedom and fun and experience for a while. Thanks for sgaring.

  28. Mags Corner August 17, 2013 at 1:24 pm - Reply

    Those pictures are all fabulous! Looks like a fun and exciting hike too.

  29. R2R-Ram August 21, 2013 at 10:29 am - Reply

    No surprise! as usual your pictures rock:-)

  30. Waylon Moore August 30, 2013 at 10:12 am - Reply

    tremendous photos and hiking trip. What a joy to follow your path!

  31. elmediat September 19, 2013 at 10:54 am - Reply

    Beautiful sequence.

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