Niles, Mount

elevation: 2,972 m. height gain: 1,350 m.
area: Yoho Park,BC map 82 N/8-9

Ref: Alan Kane's Scrambles in the Canadian Rockies
sherbrooke lake

Going around Sherbrooke Lake with Mount Niles in sight.
Scramble: RT: 11.5; 5.25 up. Another splendid day out in the mountains. The weather was perfect, not a cloud all day and minimal wind. Fab and I took our sweet time, enjoying every minute of this real summer day. The hike in to Niles Meadow is facilitated by an excellent trail, within 2.5 hours we reached the beautiful area. The ascent up Mount Niles is pleasant and straightforward. After climbing the ascent drainage, we aimed for the pinnacle; it is possible to avoid the boulder field by going wide, climber's left. From the impressive pinnacle, we followed a trail up the upper mountain. The views along the way are breathtaking. We reached the top with no difficulty and after dropping our packs, we started to roam, taking numerous pictures. The sun was warm with little wind; we were able to indulge at the summit. Following a lengthy 2 hour break, it was time to slowly make our way down. Instead of retracing our steps around the pinnacle, we went down a loose gully for a fast descent to the boulder field. We skirted the field, came down the drainage and reached Niles Meadow in time for another nice pause. Fab started to take his camera apart to dry it out; dropping a 400$ camera in the water is not recommended! Eventually though, we started the trek out; we figured if we left at 4 PM, we would be home for "kibble time". The return was fine, having shade from the trees and a trail. We will gladly come again someday to revisit Niles Meadow and possibly ascend Mount Daly!
good trail

A good trail through the shrubs.


A beautiful waterfall along the way.

niles meadow

Niles Meadow, the ascent drainage and the pinnacle, all lined up!

ascent drainage

Heading up the drainage.

looking back

Looking back.


The sun is shining on the pinnacle.

going around the pinnacle

We ascended climber's right of the pinnacle.

bluffs ahead

Making our way to the crest of these bluffs.

view across yoho valley

Mount Carnarvon and The Presidents across Yoho Valley.

on a trail

As seen from the crest of the bluffs, we continue on a trail.

closer look

A closer look.

a look down

A look down from the trail which is running along a slab.

at the top

At the top with shorts and T-shirt weather, yippee!

great view

Mount Balfour and Daly Glacier.

des poilus and collie

Mont Des Poilus (left) and Mount Collie (right).

no shelter needed

No need to take shelter, just taking in spectacular views.

cathedral and the goodsirs

Cathedral Mountain and The Goodsirs in the background.

lake that feeds takkakaw falls

The opaque lake feeding Takakkaw Falls.

time to leave

 It's time to head down after a long summit stay.

emerald lake is visible

Emerald Lake is visible (top center).


Short-cut down a loose gully.

fast and easy

Fast and straightforward.

the pinnacle and the gully

Another look at the pinnacle and the short-cut gully (center).

on a plateau

After skirting the boulder field, we hiked on a small plateau.

back to niles meadow

Back to Niles Meadow.

along the lake

Along the lake, Mounts Victoria and Huber in the distance.
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