Ascent of Cirque Peak on 1994-07-27

Climber: Craig Knelsen

Date:Wednesday, July 27, 1994
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Cirque Peak
    Elevation:2993 m / 9820 ft

Ascent Trip Report

Follow the Helen Lake-Dolomite Pass trail -- trail ascends moderately, but steadily through subalpine forest for the first few km. After 3 km, you break out of forest cover into open terrain. From here you can look back at the Crowfield Glacier.

From Helen Lake, there are a couple options to consider for tackling Cirque Peak. I took the more head-on approach, scrambling up some cliffs. An easier, less challenging option would be to head into Dolomite pass on the right and then ascent slopes to the right of the rocky outcrop. Either way, once on the ridge proper, it's an easy plod to the top. There is a minor rockband at the top but shouldn't cause any difficulties. The true summit is a bit farther east along the summit ridge although does require some care to traverse. There was a summit register in 1994.

From the top, you can see the Wapta Icefields and Mount Hector. On the return, I bypassed the rocky cliffs below to reach easier scree. The scree is ideal for a fast descent from the top.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:1050 m / 3445 ft
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Scramble
    Weather:Pleasant, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:1050 m / 3445 ft
    Route:Helen Lake trail, scramble/walk on South slopes
    Trailhead:Helen Lake parking lot  1943 m / 6375 ft
    Time Up:4 Hours 
Descent Statistics

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