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Cockscomb Mountain
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Highest point
Elevation 2,776 m (9,108 ft)
Prominence 217 m (712 ft)
Listing Mountains of Alberta
Location Banff National Park
Alberta, Canada
Parent range Sawback Range
Canadian Rockies
Topo map NTS 82O/04

Cockscomb Mountain was named in 1921 because the outline of the summit was said to resemble a roosters comb. It is located in the Sawback Range in Alberta. The mountain 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, Cockscomb Mountain is located in a subarctic climate zone with cold, snowy winters, and mild summers. Temperatures can drop below −20 °C with wind chill factors below −30 °C. Precipitation runoff from the mountain drains into tributaries of the Bow River.

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