Leather Peak
2457m (8061ft.)

Located on the continental divide in the Fraser River Valley; a peak of Yellowhead Mountain. on the border of Jasper & Mount Robson parks, Alberta/BC border. Major headwaters Athabasca & Fraser rivers.
Latitude 52; 52; 55 Longitude 118; 36; 30, Topo map 83D/15
Can be seen from Highway 16

Named by Arthur O. Wheeler in 1918. The name of this mountain commemorates "Leather Pass," a name used for Yellowhead Pass during the 1860's, 1870's, and 1880's. It refers to the moose and caribou skins carried through the pass by fur traders. Official name.

Photo: Leather Peak (left) and Lucerne Peak from the east on the Yellowhead Highway

Other Information
Photo: Yellowhead Mountain (l-r Bingley Peak, Leather Peak, Lucerne Peak, Tete Roche) from the southeast at Yellowhead Lake on Highway #16

Yellowhead Mountain lies to the northwest of Yellowhead Pass and Yellowhead Lake. It is not certain who the pass, and subsequently the mountain, was named after but it is most likely that they were named after Pierre Bostonais, a blonde Iroquois trapper who was nicknamed “Tete Jaune” (yellowhead). In 1820 he guided one of the first Hudson Bay Company parties through the pass.

Seven Sisters was the name originally given to Yellowhead Mountain. Interestingly, there remains a "Seven Sisters Mountain" near the Continental Divide just north of Crowsnest Pass.

There are four named high points on Yellowhead Mountain. From east to west they are Tete Roche, Lucerne Peak, Leather Peak, and Bingley Peak. The first three are on the Continental Divide but Bingley lies in BC.

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