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Eiffel Lake & Wenkchemna Pass
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Location:
Lake Louise,
Banff National Park

Date:
July 19, 2000

Distance:
19.4 kilometers

Maximum Elevation:
2600 meters

Elevation Gain:
733 meters

Time Required:
6.0 to 7.0 hours

 

The Wenkchemna Pass trail travels the length of the Valley of the Ten Peaks to a barren, rocky saddle on the crest of the continental divide. The hike is dominated by the imposing Wenkchemna Peaks. Wenkchemna Pass is the second highest point reached by maintained trail in the Rockies.

The trail begins to climb immediately from the trailhead, and the view of the Moraine Lake is visible occasionally through the trees. After 2.4 kilometers of steep climb, the trail splits. Stay left, the trail soon travels along side of Eiffel Peak at treeline. And offers the view ahead to Wenkchemna Pass, and the view back to Moraine Lake. After crossing an avalanche slope, the picturesque Eiffel Lake comes into view.

After Eiffel Lake, the trail becomes rougher as it crosses boulderfields, then clilmbs over moraine and along the rocky south ridge of Wenkchemna Peak before reaching to the top of the pass. Standing from Wenkchemna Pass or the Continental Divide, the entire length of the Valley of the Ten Peak is visible. On the other side of the pass is Yoho National Park of British Columbia.

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