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Photo: Oyster Peak from the west (courtesy Alan Kane)

Oyster Peak

  • 2777 m (9,111ft)
  • First Ascent
  • Naming History
  • Hiking and Trails
51.5258N -116.018W
Located in the Upper Red Deer River east of Skoki Mountain; east-northeast of Fossil Mountain

Range: Sawback
Province: Alberta
Park: Banff
Headwater: Bow
Major Valley: Red Deer
Ascent Date: 1906
Ascent Party: Topographical Survey
Year Named: 1884
Named by: George Dawson
Named for: Dr. Dawson is said to have named the mountain after, "curious formations resembling oysters." True oysters are only found in much younger rocks than those that make up Oyster Peak. He may have been looking at a form of brachiopod.
Popular Hike: Skoki

Oyster Peak is a three km long ridge. Oyster Lake lies in a cirque at the south end of the ridge.

Photo: Looking east-northeast to Oyster Peak (Mount Douglas beyond) from Fossil Mountain (courtesy Vern De Wit)

Looking east across Oyster Peak to Mount Douglas (left) and Mount St. Bride from Skoki Mountain (courtesy Vern De Wit)

Looking north to Oyster Peak from Anthozoan Mountain (courtesy Sonny Bou)