Overview11,000ers of the Canadian Rockies guidebook.
Canadian Mountain Place Names by Glen Boles puts Hungabee as a Stoney Indian word for chieftain. Hungabee Mountain's sub-peak to the south is Wenkchemna Peak, which stands for the word "ten" in Stoney and is the last peak of the Valley of the Ten Peaks, a beautiful area above Moraine Lake in Banff NP.
Routes overview: The Rocky Mountains of Canada South by Glen Boles et al. lists the SW face and S couloirs as the first ascent route (Aug 1903, H C Parker, C Kaufmann, H Kaufmann) which is unused these days due to rockfall. A variation of the standard West Ridge route (see Routes section) was used as first winter ascent route in Dec 1966 by B Greenwood, C Locke and C Scott. The N Ridge from the Ringrose-Hungabee col has also been climbed on somewhat better rock although rock quality is an issue on every route. The SE Ridge looks the most natural route but it is reportedly long and dangerous with little protection available. The NE Face provides the most sporty route climbed to date with several higher fifth class pitches.
Getting Theredrive west 210 km on the Trans-Canada Highway through Banff NP and into B.C., then take the turn-off left to the Lake O'Hara parking lot. From here you can take a bus or hike 11 km to Lake O'Hara. Buses depart 8:30, 10:30, 3:30 and 5:30, and, with a bivy permit (see Red Tape), you can likely get on a bus without reservations. The problem is not that the bus don't have spots left but the daily quota runs out for daytrips. (The daily qouta is above and beyond overnight users that include bivy permit holders and ACC Hut reservations.) The bus costs about $10 one way and $15 round-trip (2012).
Bivy permits may or may not be available at Lake Louise or Field (B.C.) Parks Canada Visitor Centers. If they are available, they are free. Anecdotally, people have been refused of bivy permits in years when the area was closed for reasons like bear activity.
A couple of bivy spots are available in Opabin Pass (bottom of the image on the left) and a few more higher up on the West Ridge. Only bivy sacks are permitted, no tents. You need a bivy permit as well, see above in Red Tape.
External LinksParks Canada Yoho National Park
The Alpine Club of Canada - Elizabeth Parker Hut: this is the nearest hut to Hungabee Mountain but requires reservations well in advance.