Mount Temple


Location: Alberta, Canada
Participants: Michelle Wong, Jacob, Jeremy Stroman, Leanne Christianson, Jacqueline Cornish, Patrick Latter
Time: 10 Hours
Weather: 15°C
Elevation Gain: 1690m
Max Elevation: 3543m
Start Time: 6:20am


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


  • Hiking Boots
  • Food
  • Water
  • Shell
  • Warm fleece
  • Gaiters
  • Gloves
  • Helmet (For falling rocks)

Camera Gear Used:





Mount Temple is the ninth highest Mountain in the Canadian Rockies and is unique in that you don’t need ropes or other gear to summit despite it’s height.

The trail begins at Moraine Lake and we made our way up a series of switchbacks towards Larch Valley. In the fall, all of the ‘Larch’ pine tree turn yellow and lose their needles. This portion of the trail can be extremely popular.




Once we reached the top of ‘Sentinel Pass’ we stopped to have some lunch as we fended off a horde of hungry squirrels.



From the top of ‘Sentinel Pass’ we followed the ridge along our left.


There are fantastic views of Mount Pinnacle just a few 100 meters up from the pass.



As we followed the ridge we eventually made it to a rock band that required some moderate scrambling.


If your not comfortable with heights, a belay station could be setup here.


As we gained elevation the towering ‘Mount Pinnacle’ grew smaller and smaller.




Roughly 300m from the summit we reached a section of the mountain that had just received a light dusting of snow… in August.


The final few hundred meters were pretty slow going as the altitude was beginning to affect us.


Once at the summit we were treated to some AMAZING views, despite being right in the clouds at times.


That now small blue lake is where we started just 5 hours earlier.

With cold winds at the top, we decided to head back down after just 15 minutes.



Michelle happy to be almost finished after summiting Mount Temple on only 1 Hour of sleep.


Five minutes later…


By |2017-06-12T17:39:52+00:00August 20th, 2013|Day Hikes|40 Comments


  1. naomimgruer August 20, 2013 at 8:02 pm - Reply

    Looks like an awesome hike! Great photos, as usual, but the squirrel has a twinkle in its eye!

  2. victoriaaphotographyictoria August 20, 2013 at 8:09 pm - Reply

    Amazing photos, but I just loved that little Squirrel image.
    I really liked the photo of Michelle in particular.
    Glad you included the hikers in some of the shots as that puts the mountains and climb into perspective.

  3. thevalueofsparrows August 20, 2013 at 8:51 pm - Reply

    Was it intentional to compare the two creatures eating?

  4. JimmyQ August 20, 2013 at 9:00 pm - Reply

    Epic buddy. Nicely captured.

  5. Anonymous August 20, 2013 at 9:06 pm - Reply

    Love, love, LOVE when you take us hiking. What breathtaking views!! Oh how I wish I could go with you guys. Love the squirrel, and the view of the lakes!

  6. vairarenbeth August 20, 2013 at 9:10 pm - Reply

    These pics are so inspiring!

  7. Jacob August 20, 2013 at 9:21 pm - Reply

    Great day, great photos

  8. rutakintome August 20, 2013 at 9:36 pm - Reply

    No words… Well….a few….stunning, breathtaking, awe inspiring….that’s all I got 🙂

  9. goodshitreviews August 20, 2013 at 10:03 pm - Reply

    nice posting, stranger. Nice concise descriptions, and select photographs. It taught me a bit about my own postings.

  10. happyflowerwordzoo002 August 20, 2013 at 11:14 pm - Reply

    O! how wonderful to see that topo map and how joyous to see images from long ago walk! 🙂 Much joy, Happy Flower

  11. Mark Simms August 21, 2013 at 12:39 am - Reply

    Brilliant images… the people shots especially.

  12. Adrian August 21, 2013 at 7:47 am - Reply

    “If your not comfortable with heights, a belay station could be setup here.”

    If you’re not comfortable with heights, you ought not be there at all it looks like! 😛
    Great photos and write up as always.

  13. K. Bailey Fucanan August 21, 2013 at 8:15 am - Reply

    Amazing photos! Always love reading and viewing your hiking adventures. Just looking at some of those shots brought out my fear of heights, even though I would so like to hike there. So glad you do what you do. Thanks for another great post!

  14. R2R-Ram August 21, 2013 at 10:20 am - Reply

    Awesome are conveying your story:-) Nice one.

  15. N Marroushi August 21, 2013 at 12:23 pm - Reply

    Just lovely as always, your work always makes smile as you always look like you and friends are having a blast

  16. Paul Doherty August 21, 2013 at 6:34 pm - Reply

    Breath taking summit photos. Always looking forward to your next post.

  17. maureenjenner August 22, 2013 at 4:50 am - Reply

    Spellbinding photography that left me full of admiration for all concerned, but glad to be an onlooker.

  18. David August 22, 2013 at 12:19 pm - Reply

    Another spectacular set, with beautiful vistas.
    Glad you were able to fend of the horde of hungry squirrels. 🙂

  19. The Rider August 22, 2013 at 1:26 pm - Reply

    WOW amazing blog- I love your photos~

  20. Liz Thomas August 22, 2013 at 2:16 pm - Reply

    Breathtaking scenery!

  21. theindeliblelifeofme August 22, 2013 at 2:43 pm - Reply

    Absolutely stunning photos. Just jaw-droppingly beautiful and iconic. I loved the detail of the fur of the squirrel and the emptiness and brutal simplicity of the tiny man in a vast sea of grey. Really wonderful photos.

  22. Andrew Friend August 23, 2013 at 8:39 am - Reply

    Great photo of the squirrel, so adorable! Looks like a difficult hike but you still got awesome photos, good work 🙂

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  24. The Guat August 26, 2013 at 3:10 pm - Reply

    Oh my God These are amazing! They are so awesome. I love the black and white, but I have to say that the one that looks back on the lake (the point from where you started your hiking adventure) rocks! What a great trip.

  25. beingdeb1 August 26, 2013 at 6:37 pm - Reply

    Gorgeous photography!

  26. lololi740 September 1, 2013 at 6:31 pm - Reply

    I love your photos. I will probably never hike up a mountain but your photos take me there.

  27. (b)ananartista SBUFF September 6, 2013 at 6:13 pm - Reply

    so dreamy !

  28. lafemmemondaine September 12, 2013 at 6:14 pm - Reply

    Gorgeous photos! (And that squirrel — so cute!)

  29. Maryam September 13, 2013 at 11:46 am - Reply

    amazing photos….my favorite is the chipmunk

  30. Anonymous September 16, 2013 at 3:56 pm - Reply

    Wow magnificent country, great observation, love the squirrel.

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  32. ambroseanthonythompson September 30, 2013 at 2:59 am - Reply

    For someone not in good enough health to do this, hence see these amazing sites, thank you for the pictures.

  33. dinanath October 1, 2013 at 12:52 pm - Reply

    breathtaking!!! If and when I come to Canada ,this trek would be on my mind.

  34. Niccolea October 18, 2013 at 3:33 pm - Reply

    I just wanted to say that I love your blog! I think it’s great how you put the gear info and the pictures are awesome too! I hope that when I post about our adventures sailing around the world next year, that it is nearly as nice as yours! 🙂

  35. STEINBERG DESIGN STUDIO October 28, 2013 at 12:07 am - Reply

    you’re photography and blog are incredible – thx!

  36. mithriluna November 1, 2013 at 9:24 pm - Reply

    Wow. Stunning images. Amazing hike.

  37. teachvc November 10, 2013 at 3:22 pm - Reply

    alberta has some of the most amazing sights and hikes. seeing these pictures reminded me that i need to return to those amazing areas again soon!

  38. fullmoon8 November 18, 2013 at 2:19 am - Reply

    What a spectacular series of photos!! The perspectives of the high pinnacles and vast majestic views are breathtaking. It is so great how you have the people in the shots. What a thrill it must have been! Your blog is so well designed.

  39. November 23, 2013 at 10:27 am - Reply

    I so envy you!

  40. all the photos…so beautiful…I was fortunate to see the mountains in Jasper last Fall, and this year I traveled to Banff…your photos brought back good memories…thank you!

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