Steven Song's Peak-bagging Journey

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Sanson's Peak

This mountain is a relatively small mountain located in between Sundance Range and Mt. Rundle, overlooking Banff townsite. However, due to the Banff Gondola, this is also one of the most frequently visited mountains in the entire park. The trail up this mountain is relatively flat due to the endless switchbacks. In winter, since it’s snow covered, it’s very energy consuming without cleats. So after one hour, I decided to use snowshoes which have good crampon systems, to save some energy. The trail itself is relatively boring, because it’s below the treeline. But when crossing the Gondola line, the view opens up a bit, towards Mt. Rundle and Spray River Valley. At the top of the Gondola Lift, a 0.6km boardwalk leads to the summit, which is called Sansan’s Peak, where a Cosmic Ray Observation Station is built. You do get a full panorama view from the summit, but since I’ve done Cascade Mountain, Mt. Rundle, and Tunnel Mountain, the summit view offers nothing very spectacular. The weather wasn’t perfect, as Mt. Aylmer, Mt. Inglismaldie, Mt. Giouard, and Massive Range were hidden in the clouds.

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