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Lake Louise  


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Elevation: 4,000'
Location: 51.4231, -116.1799 View Map  Incorrect?
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Description 

Lake Louise hosts a number of fine climbing areas, ranging from some of the best craging around to adventurous mountain routes in a picture postcard setting.

The area is definitely alpine and so conditions can vary greatly from trip to trip. Plan accordingly, even for the most moderate climbs, conditions can make things interesting.

The only downside to climbing is the large numbers of tourists hanging around town, however, take a few steps along a trail and most are left behind.

Getting There 

Heading north west from Calgary on the Trans Canada highway take the Lake Louise Exit. Drive past the very small downtown area with Samsons Mall, and head up the road towards the Lake. Most of the climbing is reached by driving to the roads end and parking up in the large parking lot, however some require you to take the left turn towards Moraine Lake.

Climbing Season



Weather station 2.1 miles from here

21 Total Routes

['4 Stars',4],['3 Stars',12],['2 Stars',4],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',1],['5.7',3],['5.8',2],['5.9',2],['5.10',4],['5.11',6],['5.12',1],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Lake Louise:
Louise Falls   WI4-5     Ice, 3 pitches, 350'   Lake Louise Ice
Pub Night   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Trad, 1 pitch, 68'   The Back of The Lake : Outhouse Wall
Blue Valentine   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 1 pitch, 76'   The Back of The Lake : Outhouse Wall
Corner Journey   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 100'   The Back of The Lake : Amphitheater
Public Enemy   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 80'   The Back of The Lake : Outhouse Wall
Turtle Mountain   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 80'   The Back of The Lake : Outhouse Wall
Wicked Gravity   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 88'   The Back of The Lake : Outhouse Wall
Mardi Gras   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch   The Back of The Lake : Outhouse Wall
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Featured Route For Lake Louise
Louise Falls, spring 2011

Louise Falls WI4-5  North America : Canada : ... : Lake Louise Ice
Louise Falls is the gem of the area and has the crowds to prove it. Expect company on weekends. The climb is often very wide, making different lines possible. The crux final pillar(s) can be kicked out casual WI4 or dead vertical hard WI5.Beware of the daggers while on route!P1-2 70m: Climb up to the center belay cave from the ground in one long pitch if possible. Some folks break this up into two pitches and build a belay in the safest looking spot. Mind the overhead hazard.P3 30m: The c...[more]   Browse More Classics in International

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