Narao Peak
2974m (9758ft.)

Located 4 km southeast of Wapta Lake near Kicking Horse Pass; east of Cataract Brook. Yoho Park, Major headwater Columbia River.
Latitude 51; 24; 55 Longitude 116; 19; 00, Topo map 82N/08
Can be seen from Highway 1

Named by Interprovincial Boundary Survey in 1916. A Stoney Indian word, "Narao" is said to mean "hit in the stomach." It likely refers to James Hector being kicked by a horse while travelling up the Kicking Horse River in 1858. Official name.

First ascended in 1913 by Interprovincial Boundary Commission

Photo: Narao Peak (courtesy Alan Kane)
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Photo: Looking southeast across Wapta Lake to Narao Peak from the Trans-Canada Highway

Scrambling Routes
Moderate scrambling along north ridge. An ascent of Narao Peak rewards you with a fine panorama of major summits along the Continental Divide. The north ridge is a long, enjoyable scramble, largely walking highlighted by short, horizontally-bedded rock steps. Because much of the west side is a boring scree slope flanked by forest, scramblers ascend the peak infrequently. Two steep, parallel ice couloirs on the north side are the most striking features and these couloirs attract keen alpinists who perhaps make just as many ascents. Although the ice couloirs are more challenging, the view along the scrambler's route is far more scenic. Try from July on. Kane, Scrambles in the Canadian Rockies page 268

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