Mount Yukness
2847m (9341ft.)

Located at the head of Cataract Brook immediately southeast of Lake O'Hara; between Opabin Valley and Lake Oesa. Yoho Park, Major headwater Columbia River.
Latitude 51; 20; 30 Longitude 116; 18; 30, Topo map 82N/08


Named in 1916. "Yukness" is the Stoney Indian word for "sharpened with a knife." The peak appears to be when viewed from Lake O'Hara. Official name.

Photo: Looking east to Mount Yukness (courtesy Kathy and Rob Taerum)
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Looking southeast across Lake O'Hara to Mount Yukness (courtesy Brenda Everitt)

Describing his first view of Lake O'Hara,Walter Wilcox wrote, "Soon we came upon the western end of as beautiful a lake as I have ever seen. While showing neither glaciers nor snow upon the immediate peaks, the immense walls to the left and the cliffs and ideally pyramidal peak to he right (Mount Yukness) formed a foreground of wonderful grandeur. The northwest end on which we stood fringed the emerald water with a growth of pine. The south east end facing us was encircled with cliffs five hundred feet in height, from whose summit, piled high with the rocks of an old moraine, three slender waterfalls leaped into the lake. This lake, about a mile in length and slightly less in width, I have known as Lake O'Hara. Ascending the cliffs upon our left by a gully we reached the glacial dam. The bed of an ancient glacier behind this is occupied by a very small lake, at the base of the sharp peak of which I spoke, and which I called by the Indian equivalent, Yukness." [Eternal Lake O'Hara by Carol Ann Sokoloff]
Scrambling Routes
From Opabin Lake, easy scramble to col and northwest summit; moderate scrambling to southwest (true) summit. Mount Yukness is a strategic viewpoint in surroundings unmatched almost anywhere in the Rockies. The biggest challenge, though, is getting to Lake O'Hara, the starting point. It is a lovely but fragile area and Yoho Park places a quota on visitor numbers. Because a bus reservation is required, you can seldom visit on short notice. Although you can ascend the peak and ride the bus out in a day, it is far more enjoyable to camp overnight and enjoy the fabulous scenery instead. Kane, Scrambles in the Canadian Rockies page 270

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