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Photo: Crowfoot Mountain from north of Bow Lake on the Icefields Parkway

Crowfoot Mountain

  • 3050 m (10,007ft)
  • First Ascent
  • Naming History
51.6253N -116.434W
Located south of Bow Lake and west of Crowfoot Glacier

Province: Alberta
Park: Banff
Headwater: Bow
Visible from Highway: 1, 93N
Ascent Date: 1950
Ascent Party: Mr. and Mrs. E. Cromwell
Year Named: 1959
Named for: The mountain stands to the west of Crowfoot Glacier which was named for the glacier which resembles a crow's foot.

Crowfoot Mountain lies to the west and south of Bow Lake, the highest (southernmost) of its three peaks rising above Crowfoot Glacier. The mountain, glacier, and high pass to the west of Bow Peak were not named to honour the great native leader who, trusting in the Royal Northwest Mounted Police, signed Treaty #7. Rather the name's origin derives from the lower part of the glacier that formerly had the shape of a crow's foot. A viewpoint south of the southern end of Bow Lake provides an opportunity to see what remains of the crow's foot. Since the beginning of the twentieth century, this and all the glaciers in the Rockies have receded considerably and the resemblance to a crow's foot is not as obvious as it was. The viewpoint is also an excellent one from which to admire the wide cliffs below the ridge that leads to the southern summit of Crowfoot Mountain.

Photo: Crowfoot Glacier and the southern summit of Crowfoot Mountain from the northeast on Highway #93 at Bow Lake

The centre peak of Crowfoot Mountain

Crowfoot Glacier and the south summit of Crowfoot Mountain

Looking south-southeast to Crowfoot Glacier and Crowfoot Mountain from Bow Pass

The south summit of Crowfoot Mountain

Looking west to the northwest portion of Crowfoot Mountain (courtesy Rudolf Posch)

Looking south-southeast to Crowfoot Mountain