Bow Peak
Icefields Parkway
September 12, 2009

Our hike up Bow Peak played out exactly as described in Don't Waste Your Time in the Canadian Rockies. There were no surprises and the views lived up to the premiere rating that the book gave.

After we parked at the designated spot and walked 300 m down the highway to the trailhead, I realized I had forgotten my camera in the car. After running back to retrieve it, it occurred to me that there was ample parking off the pavement at the trailhead, so I drove to trailhead and parked there.

We hiked down a good trail to the Bow River and forded the calf-deep water. Because of the tree canopy there was little to see until we reached the pass. From the pass, however, we looked north at the peaks lining the Icefields Parkway corridor.

We started up the boulder slope, heading toward what later proved to be a false summit. From it, an easy ridge walk led to the highest point on Bow Peak.

It was a remarkably warm day and we didn't require jackets for the entire trip, including the summit. Having climbed several peaks on the east side of the parkway, we now enjoyed seeing them from the west side.

Rather than come down the boulder slope, we used a scree gully to quickly return to the trail on the pass. We made our way back to the car, startling a grouse in the process.

KML Track


Bow Peak (left) seen from the trailhead


Fording the creek (mouse over for another view)


Reaching the pass. Cirque Peak (left) and Dolomite Peak (right)


On the pass


Bow Peak from the pass


Scrambling up the boulders


Looking down at the pass


Passing a rock wall


Mount Balfour


On the ridge heading to the false summit


Looking down at the pass and Bow Lake


Mosquito Peak (centre, mouse over for a close-up) and Noseeum Mountain right


Mount Daly (mouse over) and Hector Lake


The ridge walk to the summit (huge cairn)


Views north


Leaving the false summit


Almost there!


On the summit


Descending the scree gully


Panorama from the summit ridge


82 N/9 Hector Lake


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