Eiffel Peak
3084m (10119ft.)

Located between Paradise Creek and upper Moraine Lake Valley; head of Larch Valley; east buttress of Wastach Pass. Banff Park, Alberta
Latitude 51; 20; 00 Longitude 116; 14; 00, Topo map 82N/08
Can be seen from Highway 1

Named by Arthur O. Wheeler in 1908. A huge tower stands immediately north of the peak. It was though to be suggestive of the Eiffel Tower. Official name.

First ascended in 1901 by Charles S. Thompson, G.M. Weed, guided by Hans Kaufmann. Journal reference App 10-89; AAJ 8-563.

Looking west to Eiffel Peak from Larch Valley
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Other Information
Photo: Looking southwest to Eiffel Peak (Eiffel Tower at left) from Pinnacle Peak (courtesy Mark Nugara)

Eiffel Peak lies between the Moraine Lake valley and Paradise Valley. The slopes are gentle on the Moraine Lake side but the cliffs are steep and spectacular on the Paradise Valley side. A 120 metre notch separates the main summit from Eiffel Tower. Eiffel Peak can be ascended with little difficulty but Eiffel Tower is a challenge. It was not climbed until 1952 when J.A. Murphy and T.A. Mutch required nine hours to reach the top from the notch.

A good, although somewhat disconcerting, viewpoint for both the peak and the tower is the Samson Mall in Lake Louse Village. Eiffel Peak, with Eiffel Tower to its right, appears beyond the steep cliffs of Mount Temple.

Scrambling Routes
Moderate scrambling via southeast slopes. Eiffel Peak overlooks the Valley of Ten Peaks, a scene once pictured on Canadian $20 bills. The entire landscape is dazzling. If the weather is unsettled, this scramble is a practical alternative to more demanding Mount Temple and gives a good view of Mount Temple's normal route. With Eiffel's spectacular location amid the Rockies' grandeur, it should be on any scrambler's list. Although there may be bigger peaks nearby, the summit view here ranks with the best. Try this from July on. Kane, Scrambles in the Canadian Rockies page 244

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