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Photo: Looking southeast to Samson Peak from Maligne Lake (courtesy Tony Daffern)

Samson Peak

  • 3081 m (10,109ft)
  • First Ascent
  • Naming History
52.6803N -117.511W
Located in the Maligne Lake Valley, 3 km north of Samson Narrows

Range: Queen Elizabeth
Province: Alberta
Park: Jasper
Headwater: Athabasca
Visible from Highway: Maligne Lake Road
Ascent Date: 1928
Ascent Party: W.R. Hainsworth, M.M. Strumia
Year Named: 1908
Named by: Mary Schaffer
Named for: Beaver, Samson (Samson Beaver was an Indian who befriended Mary Schaffer and helped her find her way to Maligne Lake. He was the son of Job Beaver (see Job Pass)).

Samson Peak and Leah Peak are somewhat similar in profile when viewed from the northern end of Maligne Lake. They were named by Mary Schaffer for a married couple, Leah and Samson Beaver. Samson was the Stoney Indian who provided Mrs. Schaffer with the map she used to find the lake. Samson had visited the lake with his father when he was fourteen years of age. Sixteen years later he drew the map from memory when he met Mrs. Schaffer at Elliott Barnes' cabin on the Kootenay Plains in the Saskatchewan Valley

Photo: Looking northwest to Samson Peak from Maligne Lake (courtesy Randy McAllister)

Photo: Looking southeast to Leah Peak (left) and Samson Peak (right) from the north end of Maligne Lake

Looking east-southeast to Samson Peak from Bald Hills (courtesy Don Beers)