Helena Ridge
Banff, Alberta
September 27, 2003

Despite the long approach to Rockbound Lake, I've always enjoyed the Castle Mountain area and Helena Ridge was no exception. Caroline, Dinah and I had no difficulties following the route from the Scrambles book.

KML Track


For a brief time, Tower Lake was so calm it acted like a huge mirror. The perfect reflection was disorienting.


Helena Ridge seen from Rockbound Lake


Walking on the flats by the lake


Hiking up through the larches


Eisenhower Tower and Castle Mountain


We stopped to take a break above the basin


A vague trail takes you to the col on the right then up to the summit


Stuart Knob in the background


Working our way up the rubble on the lower slopes


Looking back down


On the broad saddle below the summit


Final hike to the summit


Almost at the summit.
Castle Mountain behind.


Coming down from the summit


82 O/5 Castle Mountain

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