Fairview Mountain

July 31, 2011

2744m

Lake Louise, AB

Fairview Mountain is one of those “super duper popular” scrambles nearby the tourists’ center – Lake Louise. There’s essentially a beaten path all the way to the summit and there’s not really much to introduce. The name of this peak indicates pretty well what to expect on a clear day. Note that the official name of this peak is Fairview Mountain but Alan Kane referred it as “Mt. Fairview” in his scramble book leading to some degree of confusion regarding the name. I myself always prefer the official name.

Fairview Mountain standard scramble route

Fairview Mountain standard scramble route

Weather deteriorated on the second day of this past August long weekend after a very scenic ascent of Tangle Ridge near the Columbia Icefield. It was raining in the morning at the campground so my parents and I drove all the way down south to Lake Louise in hope for some better weather. One big lesson for this day was, never go to Lake Louise in long weekend after 8 AM… Well, you might know what I’m talking about, and yes, it took us a good half an hour or so to find a parking spot… That was a frustrating way to start a day… There’s nothing to say about the hike up Fairview. Initially we followed the steep trail up to Saddleback Pass. My parents got exhausted at the pass and I proceeded up the mountain solo. There were tens of tourists hiking up Fairview on that day so it wasn’t actually a “solo” ascent. It started to shower before I reached the summit and thankfully the shower quickly passed by.

Mount Hector from Saddleback Trail

Mount Hector from Saddleback Trail

Bow Valley

Bow Valley

Hiking up Saddleback Trail

Hiking up Saddleback Trail

The upper slope of Fairview.

The upper slope of Fairview.

Zooming-in down Bow Valley

Zooming-in down Bow Valley

Saddle Mountain

Saddle Mountain

Lake Louise seen from the summit

Lake Louise seen from the summit

Me on the summit

Me on the summit

Me on the summit

Me on the summit

Looking down towards Plain of Six Glaciers Trail

Looking down towards Plain of Six Glaciers Trail

An interesting light beam shone on Mount Victoria

An interesting light beam shone on Mount Victoria

Haddo Peak and Mount Aberdeen

Haddo Peak and Mount Aberdeen

Mount Whyte and Mount Niblock

Mount Whyte and Mount Niblock

Mount Temple

Mount Temple

Another view of Temple

Another view of Temple

It was too crowded on the summit so after some obligatory pictures I decided to head down. Instead of going down the scree gully, I retraced my steps down the normal hiking trail, which obviously was longer. But I wasn’t too comfortable on loose ground by that time so this seemed like a safer choice. I wasn’t really a peak-bagger at that time so I didn’t tick-off the nearby Saddle Mountain. We re-grouped together and hiked down the Saddleback Trail with tens of tourists.

Back to the trail. Time to go down.

Back to the trail. Time to go down.

It was too early so we drove up Moraine Lake Road. This is Tower of Babel

It was too early so we drove up Moraine Lake Road. This is Tower of Babel

The classic view of Moraine Lake

The classic view of Moraine Lake

We drove back to Lake Louise

We drove back to Lake Louise

Interesting shot

Interesting shot

A closer view of one of the flowers.

A closer view of one of the flowers.

At the end of the day we opted to kill some hours around Lake Louise’s lakeshore in order not to get caught in the horrible traffic. I really really hate getting caught in the traffic and Lake Louise is a particularly horrible place in the long weekend…

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