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Eagle Mountain
Goat's Eye mountain.jpg
Eagle Mountain in February 2011
Highest point
Elevation 2,836 m (9,304 ft)
Prominence 321 m (1,053 ft)
Listing Mountains of Alberta
Geography
Location Banff National Park
Alberta, Canada
Parent range Canadian Rockies
Topo map NTS 82O/04
Climbing
Easiest route Hiking
Eagle Mountain and Mount Howard Douglas
Eagle Mountain (left) and Mount Howard Douglas

Eagle Mountain is a 2,836-metre (9,304-foot) mountain summit located immediately northeast of the Banff Sunshine ski resort in Banff National Park of Alberta, Canada. The mountain's name was officially adopted in 1958 when approved by the Geographical Names Board of Canada. Its nearest higher peak is Mount Howard Douglas, 1.51 km (0.94 mi) to the south-southeast.

An interesting feature of Eagle Mountain is a natural window officially named Goat's Eye located on the northeast ridge which leads many to call it Goat's Eye Mountain. It was first noted by George Simpson who wrote of it: "a very peculiar feature in an opening of about eighty feet by fifty, which, as we advanced nearer, assumed the appearance of the gateway of a giant's fortress."

Geology

Like other mountains in Banff Park, Eagle Mountain is composed of sedimentary rock laid down from 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.

Climate

Based on the Köppen climate classification, Eagle Mountain 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. Precipitation runoff from Eagle Mountain drains into tributaries of the Bow River.

Canadian Rockies, Eagle Mountain
Eagle Mountain from the west
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