Oyster Peak
2777m (9111ft.)

Located in the Upper Red Deer River east of Skoki Mountain; east-northeast of Fossil Mountain. Sawback Range, Banff Park, Alberta
Latitude 51; 31; 40 Longitude 116; 01; 05, Topo map 82N/09


Named by George M. Dawson in 1884. Dr. Dawson is said to have named the mountain after, "curious formations resembling oysters." True oysters are only found in much younger rocks than those that make up Oyster Peak. He may have been looking at a form of brachiopod. Official name.

First ascended in 1906 by Topographical Survey

Photo: Oyster Peak from the west (courtesy Alan Kane)
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Other Information
Photo: Looking east-northeast to Oyster Peak (Mount Douglas beyond) from Fossil Mountain (courtesy Vern De Wit)

Oyster Peak is a three km long ridge. Oyster Lake lies in a cirque at the south end of the ridge.
Scrambling Routes
A moderate scramble via west-facing slopes. Oyster Peak affords good scrambling to the south summit and along the ridge to the north end. The view of the Pipestone and Red Deer valleys is excellent, and you probably won't find other parties on top. Try from July on. Kane, Scrambles in the Canadian Rockies page 254

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