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Photo: Looking southwest with morning light on Eagle Mountain from near the junction of the Bow Valley Parkway and Highway #1

Eagle Mountain

  • 2820 m (9,252ft)
  • Naming History
51.0981N -115.744W
Located between Howard Douglas Creek and Healy Creek

Province: Alberta
Park: Banff
Headwater: Bow
Visible from Highway: 1
Year Named: 1958
Named for: The mountain was likely named for an eagle spotted soaring near the summit.

The golden eagle is one of the best known of the birds of prey found in the Rockies. It is dark brown in colour. Bald eagles frequent the Vermilion Lakes area as well. They are dark brown as well as juveniles, but develop a striking white head and tail when they reach sexual maturity at about five years of age.

A striking feature of this peak is, "The Goat's Eye" located on the northeast ridge and visible as one travels up Healy Creek. This natural hole in the mountain was first noted by George Simpson who wrote of, "a very peculiar feature in an opening of about eighty feet by fifty, which, as we advanced nearer, assumed the appearance of the gateway of a giant's fortress."

Photo: Looking sourthwest to Eagle Mountain from near the junction the Bow Valley Parkway and Highway #1

Looking southeast to Goats Eye from the Healy Creek Road

Looking east to Eagle Mountain (left) and Mount Howard Douglas from Monarch Ramparts