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Castle Mountain (Mount Eisenhower)  Alberta   #1536
Ranges: North America Ranges / Rocky Mountains / Canadian Rockies / Continental Ranges / Front Ranges

Height: 2850 m -> 9350 feet
Prominence?: 168 m  
Line Parent?: Protection Mountain (3.1 km away, at bearing 337 degrees)
Greater Parent: Protection Mountain (8.0 km away)

Location:   51.32659,-115.96661     51:19:36, -115:58:00   11U 572001 5686651 (18 km SE of Lake Louise). NTS Mapsheet: 082.O.05   AreaCode: FL15/DJ26
First Ascent: 1884 Arthur Coleman
Castle in the Morning
Located between Banff and Lake Louise on the Trans-Canada Highway. It is located at the junction of Highway 1 and Highway 93. Highest point is just 1 km SW of Stuart Knob. Castle Mountain is one of the most prominent landmarks as one travels up the Bow Valley on the Trans Canada highway from Banff to Lake Louise. It is essentially a ridge between the Bow Valley on the south and Silverton Creek on the north. At the south end of the ridge overlooking the old #1 highway is "Eisenhower Peak".

Castle Mountain is often used by geologists as a classic example of the Middle Cambrian sandwich. The "sandwich" consists of two cliffs, with a ledge in between. The upper cliff is Eldon limestone, the ledge is Stephen shale, and the lower cliff is Cathedral dolomite. This is one of the two geological "sandwiches" in the Rockies, the other is the limestone-shale-limestone which can be viewed at Mount Rundle.

Name Notes: Castle Mountain was originally named by James Hector in 1858 because of its remarkable appearance as a castle, complete with towers and its reddish appearance. In 1946, Mackenzie King, then Prime Minister, renamed the mountain to "Mount Eisenhower" the day before the American General Dwight Eisenhower was to visit Ottawa. Eisenhower was the Supreme Commander of the Allied Forces in Europe during the final year of World War II and was in charge of storming Fortress Europe. Although Eisenhower was well respected by Canadians, the decision to rename the mountain enraged Albertans, who then formed their own Geographic Names Board. For the next 33 years, Alberta mountaineers campaigned and circulated petitions. The original name was finally restored when Joe Clark, an Albertan, became Prime Minister. As a compromise, the prominent tower at the south end of the ridge GR (742835) was named Eisenhower Peak.

1. Castle - Via Silverton Creek and Rockbound Lake The easiest route up Castle Mountain is to follow the well defined trail up Silverton creek to Rockbound Lake, and from there scramble up the headwall onto the plateau, at about 8000 '. From the plateau, head up to the obvious col at 733850 and then south over various bumps. Note that the highest point is at 740843, which is higher than the tower on the end of the ridge, now known as Eisenhower Peak. The trail starts just east of the Warden's Cabin, and is a popular day trip on skis in winter.
2. Brewer's Buttress 5.6, II, 13p, 380m, trad. (Selected Alpine Climbs in the Canadian Rockies by Dougherty)

Trips within 1 km
46 2009.08.17 A Long Day of Peakbagging in the Castle Mountain Area Eric Coulthard
58 2007.04.05 Drummond/Bonnet Traverse Mike Warren
9 null Castle - Via Silverton Creek and Rockbound Lake Route Robin Tivy


Paper Maps
1:100000Banff & Mount Assiniboine Gem Trek
1:250000Banff National Park Gem Trek
1:400000Canadian Rockies Gem Trek
1:600000Southwest Alberta & Southeast British Columbia Gem Trek

Subject Photos   View Thumbnails
9 Sunset on Castle Kevin Altheim
8 Brewer Buttress Paul Baker
7 Castle Mountain from Stewart Knob Eric Coulthard
7 Castle in the Morning Kevin Altheim
6 Castle Mountain and the Southeast Tower from Helena Ridge Rick Collier
6 Stormin' the Castle Steve Sproule
6 Rockbound Lake and Castle Mountain Drew Brayshaw
6 Castle Mountain Kyle Martens
6 Castle Mountain in the Morning Cloud Neil Hutchinson
4 Castle Mountain David Wasserman
3 Sunset on Castle Mountain Neil Hutchinson
3 Brewer Buttress Pitch 4 Drew Brayshaw
3 Castle Mountain from Fairview Kevin Altheim
2 Choss Surfing: Descending A Gully on Castle Mountain Drew Brayshaw
2 Hiking Up Castle Mtn. Hut Approach Gully Drew Brayshaw

Placename Photos
10 The Columbia River Valley Rick Collier
8 Eisenhower Peak Steve Sproule
5 Helena Peak from Castle Mountain Alex Joseph
2 Sunset Over Temple Drew Brayshaw