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Howse Peak  Alberta/British Columbia   #1702
Ranges: North America Ranges / Rocky Mountains / Canadian Rockies / Continental Ranges / Park Ranges / Waputik Mountains

Height: 3295 m -> 10810 feet
Prominence?: 1227 m above Bow Pass
Line Parent?: Mount Hector (39.3 km away, at bearing 132 degrees)
Greater Parent: Mount Hector (39.0 km away)

Location:   51.81305,-116.68038     51:48:47, -116:40:49   11U 522033 5740293 (18 km S of Saskatchewan Crossing). (48 km N of Field). NTS Mapsheet: 082.N.15   AreaCode: FL16/IG18
First Ascent: 1902 H. Kaufmann, H Woolley, J.N Collie, G.M. Weed, H.E.M. Stutfield
Howse Peak Alpenglow
This peak is #65 on the Height List for Alberta . This peak is #17 in Prominence List for Alberta .Located 5 km west of the Icefields Parkway, directly above Chephren Lake. It is the highest point in the Waputik Range. Howse Pass was discovered by David Thompson in 1807.

Name Notes: It is named subsequent to Howse Pass, which was named by David Thompson after the Hudson's Bay Company trader Joseph Howse, who crossed Howse Pass in 1809. The goal of Thompson's expedition was to connect to the native groups in BC.

1. Access from Icefields Parkway to S end Chephren Lake From the Waterfall Lakes campground on the Icefields Parkway, follow the signed trail to Chephren Lake. Then follow a somewhat tricky trail along the southern shoreline to the east end of the lake. (In winter ski across lake) Distance: 5 km AvgTime: 3 hours
2. Access to West side via Blaeberry Road Rough road. From Golden BC, drive north to Moberly, (about 20km) then turn off onto the [Roadx3806-Blaeberry Road]. Drive north for 49 km, then find the [Roadx4369-Howse Pass Trail](Thompson Trail). Then hike up Ebon Creek and make camp.
3. SW Face from Ebon Creek (1958) P. Boswell, I Keith, A. Mason. Some objective danger. From camp in meadows on the N Fork of Ebon Creek (6800'), head for the southerly icefield of Howse. 1 hour to the morainal scree bowl directly beneath the SW face. Ascend snow couloir that drains W face of Howse. (objective danger). Gain rock ribs on the NW side of couloir. Scramble on snow and rock to summit snowfield. Kick steps to summit. See [Trip217-Rick Collier]. Distance: 5 km round trip Equipment: Ice axe AvgTime: 7 hours to top, descent 4 hours
4. NW Ridge (August 1902) J.N.Collie, Hugh Stutfield, G. Weed, H.Wooley, H. Kaufmann. Scramble on steep snowslopes and scree. AJ-21-372.
5. East Face There have been some hard winter routes put up on the East face which is the face left of NE buttress. "Life By The Drop" is graded VI W15+, "M-16" is rated VI W17+ A2, and "Howse of Cards" is rated VI W16X M7. This information can be found in Waterfall Ice 4th edition and also on, which is a website edited by Will Gadd.
6. NE Butress (1967) Don Vockeroth, Lloyd MacKay, and Ken Baker. Grade of V 5.8 A0 and at its time was the most difficult route in the Rockies. . From Chephren Lake via the S side through boulders to the E morraine. W across glacier and up to 150' of easy ledges to grey band. At lowest overhanging white rock traverse left for 150' and slightly downwards. Climb up snow gulley, then back to ridge. Follow separated ridge to top of yellow band, about half way up, then steep rock. Distance: Elev gain 3700'

Trips within 1 km
49 2007.07.27 Howse NE Buttress Jason Thompson
51 1996.08.09 Climbs of Aiguille, Howse, Stairway, Synge, and Midway Rick Collier

2004.03.17 Bow Pass Kevin Altheim

Paper Maps
1:70000Bow Lake & Saskatchewan Crossing Gem Trek
1:250000Banff National Park Gem Trek
1:400000Best of The Icefields Parkway Gem Trek
1:400000Canadian Rockies Gem Trek
1:600000Southwest Alberta & Southeast British Columbia Gem Trek

Subject Photos   View Thumbnails
20 Howse Peak Northeast Aspect Reid Holmes
10 Howse Peak, White Pyramid, Mount Chrephen and Others from Mount Noyes Eric Coulthard
10 Howse Peak Range from Mount Noyes Eric Coulthard
10 Howse Peak from Highway 93 along Waterfowl Lake Kevin Altheim
8 Howse Peak Alpenglow Eric Coulthard
8 South Face of Howse Peak Rick Collier
7 Summits Northwest of Midway Peak Rick Collier
7 Howse Peak from the South Rick Collier
4 Howse Peak through Early Morning Mist Rick Collier

Placename Photos
16 Mount Patterson and Peyto Lake from Cirque Peak David Wasserman
10 Peaks Southeast of the Kaufmann Peaks Rick Collier
8 Mountain Panorama Looking SE from Erasmus Camp Rick Collier
8 Howse Peak, White Pyramid and Mount Chephren Eric Coulthard
7 Aries Peak and Nearby Peaks Eric Coulthard