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Photo: Looking southwest to Cathedral Crags at sunset from the Trans-Canada Highway near the Spiral Tunnel Viewpoint

Cathedral Crags

  • 3073 m (10,083ft)
  • First Ascent
  • Naming History
  • Hiking and Trails
51.4064N -116.396W
Located in the Cataract Brook Valley 3 km east of Mount Stephen

Province: BC
Park: Yoho
Headwater: Columbia
Major Valley: Kicking Horse
Visible from Highway: 1
Ascent Date: 1900
Ascent Party: James Outram, W. Outram
Ascent Guide: Christian Hasler sr.
Year Named: 1886
Named for: Cathedral Crags features isolated pinnacles and steep, colourful cliffs on their northwestern sides that overlook the Kicking Horse River and the Trans-Canada Highway near the Spiral Tunnels viewpoint.
Popular Hike: Lakes Louise/Moraine/O'Hara
Journal Reference: AJ 35-200; CAJ 14-10

Cathedral Crags are located to the northwest of the summit of Cathedral Mountain, near Kicking Horse Pass in the vicinity of the Spiral Tunnels Viewpoint. They feature a dark gray top and broad white stripe with the lower cliffs being quite reddish. The upper spiral tunnel of the CPR passes through the lower section of the mountain.

Cathedral Mountain was named prior to 1886.

Photo: Looking southwest with morning light on Cathedral Crags from Highway #1

Looking west-southwest to Cathedral Crags from Herbert Lake on the Icefields Parkway

Cathedral Crags from the Trans-Canada Highway near the Spiral Tunnel Viewpoint

Looking south to Cathedral Crags from the Yoho Valley Road

Looking west-southwest to Cathedral Crags from the Trans-Canada Highway

Looking south across Sherbrooke Lake to Cathedral Mountain (Cathedral Crags at right) (courtesy Sonny Bou)

Looking southwest to Cathedral Crags