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Cirque Peak
Cirque Peak AB 1994.jpg
Cirque Peak from Helen Lake, July 1994
Highest point
Elevation 2,993 m (9,820 ft)
Prominence 341 m (1,119 ft)
Parent peak Observation Peak
Listing Mountains of Alberta
Cirque Peak is located in Alberta
Cirque Peak
Cirque Peak
Location in Alberta
Parent range Canadian Rockies
Topo map NTS 82N/09
First ascent 1899
Easiest route Easy Scramble

Cirque Peak is a 2,993-metre (9,820-foot) peak located directly west of Dolomite Pass in the Bow River valley of Banff National Park, in the Canadian Rockies of Alberta, Canada.

The mountain forms a cirque, hence the name.

Scrambling Route

The scrambling route (rated easy) begins just beyond Helen Lake which can be reached by following the Helen Lake/Dolomite Pass trail 6 km from the trail head beside the Icefields Parkway. From the lake, follow the trail into Dolomite Pass and then choose a line up the peak.


Like other mountains in Banff Park, Cirque Peak is composed of sedimentary rock laid down during the Precambrian to Jurassic periods. Formed in shallow seas, this sedimentary rock was pushed east and over the top of younger rock during the Laramide orogeny.


Based on the Köppen climate classification, Cirque Peak is located in a subarctic climate with cold, snowy winters, and mild summers. Temperatures can drop below −20 °C with wind chill factors below −30 °C.

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