Pilot Mountain
2935m (9630ft.)

Located in the Bow River Valley southeast of Redearth Creek. Massive Range, Banff Park, Alberta
Latitude 51; 11; 15 Longitude 115; 49; 30, Topo map 82O/04
Can be seen from Highways 1 and 93N

Named by George M. Dawson in 1884. The mountain is located at a point where the Bow Valley changes direction so that the mountain is visible for long distances up and down the valley. Official name.

First ascended in 1885 by Geological Survey

Photo: Looking southeast to Pilot Mountain from the Bow Valley Parkway
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Other Information
Photo: Looking west to Pilot Mountain from the Bow Valley Parkway

Pilot Mountain was named by George Dawson because it is a landmark to travellers in the Bow Valley. It may be seen up and down the Bow Valley for a considerable distance and because of its special location, may be viewed when looking west from east of Banff Townsite and when looking southeast from northwest of Lake Louise.

When driving to the west up the Bow Valley on Highway #1, Pilot Mountain is first seen from the top of a hill 6.4 km east of Tunnel Mountain. It can also be seen from Highway #93, just southeast of Herbert Lake and from near the junction with Highway #93 while driving eastbound on Highway #1.

Scrambling Routes
Two difficult steps via northwest ridge. Pilot Mountain is a striking Bow Valley landmark, highly visible from the highway. The ascent requires a little more perseverance and routefinding than most other Banff area scrambles. While you won't find a nice little path to the top, it is seeing more ascents and the route up is reasonable. Carry an ice axe for early season trips; try it from late June on.Kane, Scrambles in the Canadian Rockies page 206

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