August 2 2017
Mt Temple is the only one of the famous 11000 footers that can be climbed by the average Joe. This is the first time since I started my blog that I have climbed it so I now have it recorded. https://www.pc.gc.ca/en/pn-np/ab/banff/visit/brochures Go to this site and look for a Scramblers Guide to Mt Temple under summer brochures, for a wonderful map and description of the route. I have taken the pictures so you can see where they are talking about. Start at Moraine lake, early for two reasons 1. It’s a long way 2. The parking lot will be full by 8:00. Follow the trail up to the Larch Valley. In late July and August bears may be in the area and there is a requirement to hike in groups four or more. Fine can be as much as $25000. Get to Sentinel Pass. Look right and that’s where you start the scramble. Weekends will be busy. Try mind week. We left the parking lot by 7:00 and were the first up. We only saw about six couples. On a sunny weekend expect 20 to 30 people on the summit. The route is broken into 7 section. 1. Hike Moraine Lake to Larch Valley. 2. Larch valley to Sentinel Pass. 3. Up the scree from Sentinel Pass. 4. First Grey Rock band. 5. Second Grey Rock band. 6. Light Brown Rock band. 7. Summit Ridge.
Distance return 16.0 km Time return 8 hrs ( inc 30 min lunch ) Elevation Accumulated gain 1655 m Elevation to Summit 1655 m Summit height 3550 m