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Photo: Looking north-northwest to Endless Chain Ridge from the Icefields Parkway

Endless Chain Ridge

  • 2867 m (9,407ft)
  • Naming History
52.4981N -117.485W
Located in the Sunwapta River Valley northwest of Poboktan Creek and southwest of the Maligne River headwaters

Province: Alberta
Park: Jasper
Headwater: Athabasca
Visible from Highway: 93N
Year Named: 1907
Named by: Mary Schaffer
Named for: This long ridge stretches for some 25 km to the northeast of the Sunwapta and Athabasca Rivers between Mount Kerkeslin and Pobokatan Creek.

In her book, "A Hunter of Peace," Mary Schaeffer wrote, "A short distance beyond the rock-slide and on the river's right, begins a low, rocky ridge, which for length and unadulterated ugliness cannot be beaten. We trailed it for a day and a half and then named it ''The Endless Chain'' well named too, for on reaching the Athabasca shores, we found that it still stretched on in an unbroken line for miles down the river."

Mary was travelling from Poboktan Creek, down the Sunwapta River. However, the officially named Endless Chain Ridge does not extend beyond the junction of the Sunwapta and Athabasca Rivers. Mary''s Endless Chain Ridge likely extended from Poboktan Creek all the way to Mount Kerkeslin.

Looking northwest to Endless Chain Ridge (Replica Peak at right) from the Icefields Parkway

Looking north-northwest to a portion of Endless Chain Ridge from the Icefields Parkway

Looking east-southeast to a portion of Endless Chain Ridge

Looking east-southeast to Endless Chain Ridge