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Mount Chephren
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Mount Chephren and Waterfowl Lake seen from the Icefields Parkway
Highest point
Elevation 3,307 m (10,850 ft)
Prominence 443 m (1,453 ft)
Parent peak Howse Peak
Listing List of mountains of Alberta
Location Alberta, Canada
Parent range Waputik Mountains
Topo map NTS 82N/15 Mistaya Lake
First ascent 1913 by J.W.A. Hickson, guided by Edward Feuz jr.
Easiest route Scramble (difficult) on south face

Mount Chephren is a mountain located in the Mistaya River Valley of Banff National Park, Canada.

Mount Chephren was named after Chephren, the 4th Dynasty Egyptian pharaoh. The mountain was originally named Pyramid Mountain in 1897 by J. Norman Collie, but it conflicted with an identically named peak in Jasper National Park, so it was renamed in 1924 to its present name.



Mount Chephren is rated a difficult scramble on the south face due to its steep upper slopes with possible snow and ice difficulties. Considerable snow on the route would likely require crampons and an ice axe, thereby pushing the climb into the realm of technical mountaineering. The best conditions for scrambling would normally be late July and August.

The trail head is located at the west end of the Waterfowl Lakes campground off the Icefields Parkway in Banff National Park. The elevation gain from the trail head to the summit is 1,630 m (5,348 ft).


There are three main routes:

  • South Face/West Ridge (Normal Route) II
  • East Face V 5.9 A1
  • The Wild Thing VI 5.9 A3 WI4
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