Park at the Helen Lake trail head (east side of road) on the Icefields
Parkway 33 km north of the Trans-Canada Highway. Proceed on a trail for
6 km to Helen Lake. Now you have two options, either continue on the trail
to Dolomite Pass or, as I did, just head straight for the peak via the left side
of the lake. This route takes you to pristine high alpine meadows and
eventually to shale and rubble. As I proceeded to the base of Cirque, I
bypassed some short cliff bands to the left and dove straight up snow and
ice angling back right, aiming for the summit ridge. This was a steep hump,
but once I gained the ridge, I traversed with ice axe over to the first, lower
summit and then carefully descended and made for the real summit slightly
south, which has a register. I made the summit in under 3 hours. This was a
cold, blustery and cloudy day, but still offered good views of the Crowfoot
and Bow Glaciers to the West. I returned the same way. Helen Lake is a
great place to have your lunch.
""You cannot stay on the summit forever; you have to come down again. So why bother in the first place? Just this: What is above knows what is below, but what is below does not know what is above. One climbs, one sees. One descends, one sees no longer, but one has seen. There is an art of conducting oneself in the lower regions by the memory of what one saw higher up. When one can no longer see, one can at least still know.""