Whaleback Mountain
2627m (8619ft.)

Located between the Little Yoho Valley and Twin Falls Creek (Waterfall Valley); 1.5 km east of Isolated Peak. Yoho Park, Major headwater Columbia River.
Latitude 51; 32; 30 Longitude 116; 32; 30, Topo map 82N/10

Panorama viewpoint: Big Hill. Can be seen from Highway 1

Named by Edward Whymper in 1901. The mountain's profile resembles the back of a whale. Official name.

Photo: Looking northwest to Whaleback Mountain from the Iceline Trail

Other Information
Photo: Looking north to Whaleback Mountain (note the Stanley Mitchell Hut in the meadow below)

Edward Whymper spent a considerable amount of time in the Yoho Valley, exploring, climbing, and planning the trail system for the CPR. During one of his visits he named Whaleback Mountain and the reason for his choice is understandable from Spiral Tunnels viewpoint part way up "The Big Hill." The smooth ridge is not a high feature but it does form the skyline to the right of Isolated Peak and its profile clearly resembles that of the back of a whale.

The lowpoint to the west of the mountain and east of Isolated Peak is known as Isolated Col. Interesting rock pinnacles in the col are referred to as the Cat's Ears.

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