Pika Peak

Coordinates: 51°29′47″N 116°06′24″W / 51.49639°N 116.10667°W / 51.49639; -116.10667
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Pika Peak
Pika Peak is located in Alberta
Pika Peak
Pika Peak
Highest point
Elevation3,053 m (10,016 ft)[1][2]
Prominence13 m (43 ft)[3]
ListingMountains of Alberta
Coordinates51°29′47″N 116°06′24″W / 51.49639°N 116.10667°W / 51.49639; -116.10667[4]
Protected areaBanff National Park
Parent rangeSlate Range
Topo mapNTS 82N8 Lake Louise[4]
First ascent1911
Easiest routeDifficult Scramble[5]

Pika Peak is a mountain located between Mount Richardson and Ptarmigan Peak in Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada The mountain was named in 1928 after the pika, the small "rock rabbit" that inhabits alpine regions.

The Lake Louise Mountain Resort is developed on the southern slopes of the Merlin Ridge, which includes Mount Richardson, Ptarmigan Peak and Pika Peak. A campground is located at the foot of the mountain, near Hidden Lake.

The first ascent was made in 1911 by L.L. Delafield and L.M. Earle, who were guided by Rudolph Aemmer and Edward Feuz jr.[1]


The scrambling route via the Richardson-Pika col and the west ridge is rated difficult. Either gain the col by ascending Mt. Richardson (easy scramble) or by attacking the lower flanks of Pika Peak above Hidden Lake.[5]

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  1. ^ a b "Pika Peak". cdnrockiesdatabases.ca. Retrieved 2007-08-31.
  2. ^ "Topographic map of Pika Peak". opentopomap.org. Retrieved 2021-09-15.
  3. ^ "Pika Peak". Bivouac.com. Retrieved 2009-01-02.
  4. ^ a b "Pika Peak". Geographical Names Data Base. Natural Resources Canada. Retrieved 2019-06-08.
  5. ^ a b Kane, Alan (2016). "Pika Peak". Scrambles in the Canadian Rockies (3rd ed.). Calgary: Rocky Mountain Books. Kindle Edition. ISBN 978-1-77160-098-9.