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Pyramid Mountain (Alberta)

Coordinates: 52°57′04″N 118°08′57″W / 52.95111°N 118.14917°W / 52.95111; -118.14917
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Pyramid Mountain
Pyramid from Maligne Lookout
Highest point
Elevation2,766 m (9,075 ft)[1]
Prominence761 m (2,497 ft)[2]
ListingMountains of Alberta
Coordinates52°57′04″N 118°08′57″W / 52.95111°N 118.14917°W / 52.95111; -118.14917[3]
Pyramid Mountain is located in Alberta
Pyramid Mountain
Pyramid Mountain
Location in Alberta
LocationAlberta, Canada
Parent rangeVictoria Cross Ranges
Topo mapNTS 83D16 Jasper[3]
First ascentGeorge Kinney, guided by Conrad Kain[1]
Easiest routeScramble[4]

Pyramid Mountain is a mountain in Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada, named for its pyramid-like shape. James Hector named the mountain in 1859 due to its appearance from the Athabasca River valley on the eastern side of the peak.[1]

Part of the Victoria Cross Ranges in the Athabasca River Valley the mountain is in the major headwaters for the Athabasca River. The peak is just under 10 km (6 mi) north-west of the town of Jasper.

The mountain is a relatively easy scramble on the eastern slopes. These slopes can be reached by following a steep fire road from the parking lot at Pyramid Lake, 11.5 km (7 mi) southeast of the peak.[4]

Based on the Köppen climate classification, Pyramid Mountain is located in a subarctic climate zone with cold, snowy winters, and mild summers.[5] Temperatures can drop below -20 °C with wind chill factors below -30 °C.

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Pyramid Mountain from Pyramid Lake, August 2012


  1. ^ a b c "Pyramid Mountain". cdnrockiesdatabases.ca. Retrieved 2019-09-06.
  2. ^ "Pyramid Mountain". Bivouac.com. Retrieved 2009-01-02.
  3. ^ a b "Pyramid Mountain". Geographical Names Data Base. Natural Resources Canada. Retrieved 2019-09-06.
  4. ^ a b Kane, Alan (1999). "Pyramid Mountain". Scrambles in the Canadian Rockies. Calgary: Rocky Mountain Books. pp. 318–319. ISBN 0-921102-67-4.
  5. ^ Peel, M. C.; Finlayson, B. L.; McMahon, T. A. (2007). "Updated world map of the Köppen−Geiger climate classification". Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci. 11: 1633–1644. ISSN 1027-5606.