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Photo: Saddle Mountain from Hwy. #22, south of Chain Lakes.

Saddle Mountain (Livingstone)

  • 2240 m (7,350ft)
50.1494N -114.383W
Located at the head of Westrup Creek and the head of Mean Creek; 2 km northeast of Mount Livingstone

Range: Livingstone
Province: Alberta
Headwater: Bow/Oldman
Visible from Highway: 22

This Saddle Mountain is located in the Livingstone Range west of Nanton. Much more saddle-like in shape than the other two mountains named after saddles, this small mountain has two summits of almost equal elevation separated by a smoothly contoured connecting ridge.

Saddle Mountain is one of three peaks in the southern Rockies with this name. The most well known is a small mountain which overlooks the Village of Lake Louise (Saddle Mountain). A gentle "saddle-back" shaped pass to the west of it inspired the earliest travelers in the area to name it in 1894.

Saddle Peak in the Ghost River Valley was not named for its resemblance to a saddle at all but rather because someone abandoned a saddle below the peak. Some years later in 1916, the saddle was found and the mountain named.

Photo: Saddle Mountain from Hwy. #22, south of Chain Lakes.

Looking west to (l-r) Coffin Mountain, Mount Livingstone, and Saddle Mountain from Highway #22

Looking southeast to Saddle Mountain from near Windy Peak (courtesy Sonny Bou)

Looking south to the south summit of Saddle Mountain (Coffin Mountain beyond) from the north summit (courtesy Sonny Bou)

Looking southeast to Saddle Mountain (at left) from Windy Peak (courtesy Sonny Bou)

Looking east to Saddle Mountain from Mount Livingstone (courtesy Sonny Bou)