Mount Niblock and Whyte

Difficulty
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Very Hard
Duration
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8-10h
Distance
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16.1 km
Elevation
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1,487 m
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Completing the Mount Niblock and Mount Whyte circuit in Lake Louise requires a lot of effort and concern for safety, but it is an exciting adventure that takes scramblers beyond the usual Lake Louise experience. This trail will surely require a reward when accomplished!

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Route Description for Mount Niblock and Whyte

From the Lake Agnes Trail, follow the wide and well-marked trail to the historic teahouse. The scramble for Mount Niblock and White begins from here. These peaks are not very popular in the Lake Louise area as they require knowledge of the route and experience. Bring helmets and GPS or maps for this route.

Take the lakeshore trail on the right of Lake Agnes and hike to the back of the lake, where a large boulder field is met with a scree chute above. This is where you will begin your climb. Say goodbye to trail signs and maintained paths, you are now on the scramble route.

Climb up the rocks and continue gaining elevation up the scree. You will need to navigate a difficult rock band after the scree slope. At the top of the rock band, you will reach the Niblock-Whyte col. Head right to scramble to the summit of Niblock before returning to the col. Add Mount Whyte to the circuit by continuing beyond the col to the peak directly opposite Mount Niblock. This is Mount Whyte.

Continue beyond Mount Whyte and begin your scramble down the other side of Mount Whyte. You will meet up with the Plain of Six Glaciers trail to return to the Lake Louise lakeshore trail. Return to the trailhead at the other end of the lake for a full circuit.

Some scramblers may choose to return the way they came from the Niblock-Whyte col.

Getting to the Mount Niblock and Whyte Trailhead

From Lake Louise Village, follow Lake Louise Drive up to the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise. Turn left and park in the public parking lot. Walk to the lakeshore and follow the trail to the right. Branch off towards the dirt trail leading to Lake Agnes. This is where your hike will begin.

Route Information

  • When to do

    July-September

  • Backcountry Campsites

    No

  • Pets allowed

    No

  • Family friendly

    No

  • Route Signage

    None

  • Crowd Levels

    Low

  • Route Type

    Circuit

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