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Photo: Looking northeast to Lipalian Mountain from the Trans-Canada Highway

Lipalian Mountain

  • 2710 m (8,892ft)
  • Naming History
51.4269N -116.097W
Located in the Bow River Valley between Baker Creek and Corral Creek

Range: Slate
Province: Alberta
Park: Banff
Headwater: Bow
Major Valley: Bow
Visible from Highway: 1
Year Named: 1958
Named by: William C. Gussow
Named for: Lipalian is a geological term which refers to an unconfomity between the Precambrian and Cambrian strata in the Rockies. This mountain is composed of the youngest Precambrian layers in North America.

It is believed that Lipalian Mountain may have been climbed by James Hector in 1859 and author Irene Spry believes that this was the mountain he named Observation. [Don Beers]

It is also likely that this was the peak climbed by Arthur Coleman in 1884.

He wrote, ". . . the next thought of course, was to climb the nearest mountain, for mountains can only be seen from a mountain. You cannot really see them from the valley, even a high valley like this at 5000 feet.

The mountain nearest was to the east, and first we had to climb a swath of burnt woods, an abomination of desolation made up of black soil, black standing trunks, and black fallen logs under a glowing sun that tried our temper. Then came green timber and shade, with moss under foot, and a green-edged lake. . . Above the trees there was a lavish display of bright flowers. . . and I went on over rocks and a snowfield to the top.

It was only a commonplace mountain about eight thousand feet high, without a name, so far as I am aware; but it belonged to the family of Rocky Mountains, and gave one an introduction to its stately neighbours."

Photo: Looking west-southwest to Lipalian Mountain from the Trans-Canada Highway

Looking northeast to Lipalian Mountain from the Moraine Lake Road

Looking north to Lipalian Mountain from the Bow Valley Parkway near Baker Creek

Photo: Looking west-southwest to Lipalian Mountain from the Trans-Canada Highway