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Mount Yamnuska Trail

This hike starts off with a steep climb through the trees until the first clearing at the ridge about 3.5 kilometres in. There will be many trails leading up to the peak to the left, with varying steepness. If a less steep route is desired it is advisable to take the second left after the ridge. Once up at the top it will appear as if a dead end has been reached. Make your way to the left and a small opening appears through the rock boulders after a slight scramble. After scrambling through the boulders the hiker reaches the bowl on the other side of Yamnuska and a different view emerges of the valley. It is possible to continue along the ridge of the bowl along a steep gravel path or else the hiker may turn around at this point

Note: Unless you are experienced with scrambling, you will want to turn back here as the trail becomes and exposed scree slope.

LOCATION: From Canmore, follow Bow Valley Trail as it becomes Highway 1A east. Approximately 2.1 km after you pass the junction for Highway 1X, turn left onto an unmarked gravel road and follow this road 0.3 km until you reach the signed Yamnuska Day Use area.
ELEVATION GAIN: 435+ meters
DURATION: 3-4 hours
DISTANCE: 7 km

TRAIL REPORT: Alberta Parks Website

Always be prepared and check trail reports before you go.
Take emergency equipment, a map, bear spray and do not take on a trail beyond your abilities. 
​You are responsible for your own safety.

* featured photo by Buzz Bishop