Cascade Mountain, Alberta

Prominence: 918 m, 3012 ft

Elevation: 2998 meters, 9836 feet

Approx. Isolation: 13.91 km, 8.64 mi
Peak TypeUnofficially Named Peak
Latitude/Longitude (WGS84)51° 13' 43'' N; 115° 33' 46'' W
51.228626, -115.562828 (Dec Deg)
600347E 5676231N Zone 11 (UTM)
County/Second Level RegionDiv. 15 - Banff

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Selected Trip Reports from this site:
     2003-09-03 by Jan Triska
     2011-07-03 by Joe M
     2011-09-04 by Adam Walker
     2013-08-31 by Richard Hensley (GPS Track)

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Cascade Mountain is another one of those Banff area landmarks; it appears as a rugged, articulated and very steep mountain guarding the entrance to the Banff town. A limestone peak, it possesses some of the typical features seen in this part of the Canadian Rockies, like a hanging cirque and a ridge between multiple sub-summits. It is also noted for the waterfall coming off the SSE slopes; a good iceclimbing area in the winter.
The easy route up Cascade is via the SW ridge. To get onto the ridge itself, it is necessary to hike into the Forty Mile Creek valley and then turn right, gaining the slopes.
Cascade tends to be a popular scramble as it only contains a few tricky, exposed spots and is otherwise a moderate to easy terrain. Lots of wildlife on the slopes, notably bighorn sheep.
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Banff's Main St. lines up perfectly with Cascade Mtn. A large cornice on steep slabs, tucked behind the highest subpeak on the left, usually keeps scramblers off the summit through early August (2011-08-07). Photo by Richard Hensley.
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ProminenceKey Col Page  (Detailed prominence information)
  Clean Prominence: 918 m/3012 ft
  Optimistic Prominence: 958 m/3143 ft
  Key Col: Elk Pass    2080 m/6824 ft
Isolation13.91 km/8.64 mi
Nearest Higher Neighbor in the PBC database:
    Mount Aylmer  (NE)
Isolation distance is based on NHN and is slightly overstated.
RangesContinent: North America
Range2: Rocky Mountains
Range3: Canadian Rockies
Range4: Central Front Ranges
Range5: Vermilion Range (Highest Point)
Drainage BasinsSaskatchewan
Cedar Lake
Lake Winnipeg
Hudson Bay
Hudson Strait
Labrador Sea
Atlantic Ocean
OwnershipLand: Banff National Park
Topo MapBanff 82 O/4 1:50,000
This peak was submitted to the database by Jan Triska.
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