Eagle Mountain doesn’t appear to get much attention even though it’s just a walk-up and the route is a quick study. Simply start up the road going to Sunshine Meadows, going as far as Goat’s Eye Express ski lift. Then hike up a ski run to a scree slope leading to the summit. Road, run and slope are rather monotonous but they easily get you to the top.
Dinah and I didn’t follow the road all the way up. We started up Healy Pass Trail and at a signed junction, we took the left fork for Sunshine Village Trail. At the next junction, we left the trail and followed the road to Goat’s Eye Express.
At the bottom of the ski hill we eyed two ski runs. Although either one can be taken, the first run appears to have loose rock on a steep slope. So we took the second one. We hiked up the unlovely man-made swath until the trees fell away and we faced an unvarying stretch of scree running all the way to the summit. A mindless trudge brought us to a summit adorned with a few cairns. When I pulled out my camera, it began to drizzle. On a good day Eagle Mountain probably offers a bird’s-eye view of countless peaks, but today most summits were concealed by low clouds.
During our half-hour summit stay, the fickle weather managed to quickly run through a few cycles of showers, clouds and sunshine. That theme, with increasingly heavier rainfall, followed us all the way back to our car. Given the worsening weather, Eagle Mountain was a good choice for a quick trip.
Eagle Mountain seen from the base of Twin Cairns
A few minutes after starting up Healy Pass Trail, we took the left fork for Sunshine Village Trail. But at
the next junction we left the trail and got onto the road.
On the road
I was surprised to see poppies growing by the roadside
At Goat's Eye Express ski lift we started up the second ski run
Looking back after starting up the ski run
Much of it was covered in saplings and low bushes
A chipmunk observed us from the safety of his burrow
To the west is Sunshine Village and Twin Cairns (mouse over for a close-up)
Mount Howard Douglas on the left
The scree slope comes into view
The rest of the ascent is a plod up scree
A sign at the top of the chair lift calls this mountain "Goat's Eye Mountain"
The three boulders on the skyline turned out to be a false summit. The true summit was a short distant
away, slightly left.
Mount Bourgeau to the north (mouse over)
On the summit
82 O/4 Banff
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