Mount Niblock
2976m (9764ft.)

Located between the head of the valley west of Lake Agnes and lower Bath Creek; near the south buttress of Kicking Horse Pass; head of the Minewakun Lake Valley. Banff Park, Alberta
Latitude 51; 25; 00 Longitude 116; 16; 05, Topo map 82N/08

Panorama viewpoint: Upper Bow Valley; Castle Junction; Chateau Lake Louise. Can be seen from Highways 1 and 93N

Named in 1904. Niblock, John (John Niblock was a superintendent with the Canadian Pacific Railway.) Official name.

First ascended in 1899 by Walter D. Wilcox

Photo: Looking northwest to Mount Niblock from the Bow Valley Parkway
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Photo: Looking south-southwest to Mount Niblock from Herbert Lake on the Icefields Parkway

Although less than 3000 metres in elevation, Mount Niblock looks very impressive as it towers above the Trans-Canada Highway just west of Lake Louise. To hikers it is best known as, together with Mount Whyte, forming the backdrop to Lake Agnes above Lake Louise.

As the western superintendent for the CPR, John Niblock was one of the earliest promoters of touism in the Canadian Rockies. He also had some influence over the naming of the numerous stops on the various lines that were being built in western Canada during the late nineteenth century. He named a stop on the line south of Calgary after his wife Clare. By 1895, when the boxcar at the site was replaced with a frame building, the stop had become well known as Clare's home or Claresholm.

Scrambling Routes
Moderate scrambling from Lake Agnes. Mount Niblock is one of the most popular Lake Louise scrambles and is reached by an even more popular hike. Neighbouring Mount Whyte is a significantly harder, more exposed scramble but capable parties can include it, too. Its inclusion allows a different, albeit longer, descent route via south slopes toward the Plain of Six Glaciers Teahouse. While not as grandiose as surrounding giants Lefroy, Victoria and Temple, both Niblock and Whyte are well worth the effort and a beaten path takes you most of the way. Do not attempt either peak too early in the summer, particularly Mount Whyte or the optional south slope descent. It might be snowy and prone to avalanche. Snowfree conditions are ideal, and July through September is generally the best time. Regardless, I recommend an ice axe and knowledge of its use. Crampons could also be considered but are not usually necessary-during summer any snow on these routes normally softens considerably by midday. If you do carry this equipment, it is sure to spark conversation among the curious hordes. Be prepared to pose for pictures and answer questions in peak season. Kane, Scrambles in the Canadian Rockies page 229

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