Mount Niblock Scramble, Lake Louise

Overview

Location: Lake Louise

Summit Elevation (m): 2980

Elevation Gain (m): 1220

Total Distance (km): 15.00

Total Time: 6.00

Difficulty: Class 3 (moderate scrambling, short day, minimal scree)

Water Available: Lake Agnes, glacial runoff before first cliff

Cell reception: Reliable at summit, unreliable on approach

Rating: 5/5 due to the short and exceptionally fun scramble with easy access. 

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Park at Lake Louise, follow Lake Agnes trail.

Start of the route from the end of Lake Agnes


Route

From Lake Agnes, follow the trail to the end of the lake (right side), and continue to the prominent scree cone below the cliff bands. Ascend right at the tip of the scree cone beside the waterfall, careful here as the rock is very worn from the water, and all the ledges and holds are usually smooth, wet, and covered in small rocks. Scramble up while heading slightly to climbers left (carins), you will enter a large bowl. From here follow the bottom of the prominent cliff band above, heading to climbers right where you will pick up a faint trail and carins. From here the trail is decent and there are plenty of carins to guide you through the rest of the enjoyable scramble. Gain the ridge, and again follow carins to the summit. Descend the same way.


Trip Report

Mount Niblock is an amazing scramble. With such easy access and some of the most exciting scrambling I've done so far, I highly recommend this trip. Add Mount Whyte to your day and you'll have a hard time finding another thrilling scramble with the same breathtaking views and easy approach. We bivouacked right below the summit block on the upper cliff band. There was a spacious ledge and ample room to bivy, as well as a wide ridge suitable for a tent. 

After bagging Niblock after work the night before, we slept in and woke up around 7:00 to summit Mount Whyte. Unfortunately when we got up we were greeted by terribly dark clouds, an unexpected surprise as it wasn't supposed to rain until later in the evening. We hurried to pack up and right as we started descending the ridge it started to dump rain on us. Hopefully I can make it back to Whyte again soon, although it will be tough to convince myself to do the same scramble (or at least 70% of it will be the same).