Howse Peak is the highest mountain in the Waputik Mountains, a subrange of the Canadian Rockies. It is located 5 km (3 mi) west of the Icefields Parkway, above Chephren Lake, on the continental divide between Alberta and British Columbia. It is the 46th highest peak in Alberta, and the 59th highest in British Columbia.
Howse Peak's name comes from Howse Pass, which lies 5 km (3 mi) to the west. The pass was named by David Thompson, after the Hudson's Bay Company trader Joseph Howse, who crossed the pass in 1809. (Thompson had actually crossed the pass two years earlier.)
Howse Peak is a dramatic mountain, rising over 1,600 m (5,249 ft) above both the Mistaya River to the east and Howse Pass to the west, in only a few horizontal kilometres. It is also a formidable climbing challenge. The easiest route requires a 25 km (16 mi) hike up the Howse River and then a climb up a glacier on the west side of the peak. In addition, at least two high-quality, difficult (Grade V/VI) technical routes exist on the east side of the mountain.
By elevation Howse Peak is
# 91 out of 2255 in the Canadian Rockies # 1 out of 77 in the Waputik Mountains # 43 out of 767 in Columbia-Shuswap Regional District # 90 out of 8219 in British Columbia # 67 out of 1917 in Alberta # 40 out of 436 in Banff National Park
By prominence Howse Peak is
# 35 out of 2255 in the Canadian Rockies # 1 out of 77 in the Waputik Mountains # 19 out of 767 in Columbia-Shuswap Regional District # 18 out of 1917 in Alberta # 8 out of 436 in Banff National Park
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