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Photo: Leah Peak (left) and Samson Peak (right) from the north end of Maligne Lake

Leah Peak

  • 2801 m (9,190ft)
  • First Ascent
  • Naming History
52.7119N -117.559W
Located in the Maligne Lake Valley 5 km northwest of Samson Peak

Range: Queen Elizabeth
Province: Alberta
Park: Jasper
Headwater: Athabasca
Visible from Highway: Maligne Lake Road
Ascent Date: 1926
Ascent Party: R. Ecaubert
Ascent Guide: J. Weber
Year Named: 1907
Named by: Mary Schaffer
Named for: Beaver, Leah (Leah was the wife of Samson Beaver who provided the map which led Mary Schaffer's party to Maligne Lake.)

Samson Peak and Leah Peak are somewhat similar in profile when viewed from the northern end of Maligne Lake. They were named by Mary Schaffer for a married couple, Leah and Samson Beaver. Samson was the Stoney Indian who provided Mrs. Schaffer with the map she used to find the lake. Samson had visited the lake with his father when he was fourteen years of age. Sixteen years later he drew the map from memory when he met Mrs. Schaffer at Elliott Barnes' cabin on the Kootenay Plains in the Saskatchewan Valley

Photo: Looking east to Leah Peak (courtesy Randy McAllister)