Saddle Mountain (Bow)
2433m (7983ft.)

Located in the Bow River Valley between Fairview Mountain and Paradise Creek. Banff Park, Alberta
Latitude 51; 23; 40 Longitude 116; 13; 20, Topo map 82N/08
Can be seen from Highways 1 and 93N

Named by Samuel E.S. Allen in 1894. The saddle-shape of this peak inspired the earliest travellers in the area to name the feature in 1894. The mountain even features a stirrup shaped pattern of snow which lasts into the early summer. Official name.

Photo: Looking west to Saddle Mountain from the Bow Valley Parkway
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Photo: Saddle Mountain with its "stirrup" from Lake Louise townsite

One of three peaks in the southern Rockies named Saddle, this small mountain lies above Lake Louise townsite. Its "saddle-shape inspired the earliest travellers in the area to name it in 1894. Another good reason for the name is the fact that a "stirrup" shaped patch of snow appears on the mountain side (as viewed from Lake Louse townsite) each spring.

The Saddleback is the name given to a high pass between Saddle Mountain and Fairview Mountain.

In his book, "The Glittering Mountains of Canada," J. Monroe Thorington wrote, "Pleasant it is to while away an hour on the nearby ridge of Saddle Mountain; it is only a short scramble (from "The Saddleback") up the bouldered crest to the edge of a tremendous precipice above the valley called Paradise...Almost below is the winding stream that comes from the melting ice of Horsehoe Glacier; and, across the valley, tiny Lake Annette nestling like a blue jewel below Mount Temple."

Lawrence Burpee, whose book "Among the Canadian Alps" was written in 1914, wrote, "One of the finest views of the valley (Paradise Valley) with Lake Annette and the gigantic guardian peaks that tower above, Temple, Aberdeen, Sheol. . .can be obtained from Saddle Mountain, reached by an easy trail. One does not readily forget the exquisite view that rewards the climber as he reaches the summit of the Saddle and stands on the edge of a thousand-foot precipice that drops sheer to the valley, and yet seems insignificant when the eye goes up and up to the glittering peak of Temple Mounaiain soaring thousands of feet above. The very contrast of the frowning walls that shut it in on every side lends an additional charm to the fairy-land that lies at their feet, a perfect picture of green meadows, blue lake, and silvery streams, most appropriately named Paradise Valley."

A second Saddle Mountain is located in the Livingstone Range west of Nanton.

The Saddle Peak in the Ghost River Valley was not named for its resemblance to a saddle at all but rather because someone abandoned a saddle below the peak. Some years later in 1916, the saddle was found and the mountain named.

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