Cold War Bunker / Heart Creek

Cold War Bunker / Heart Creek near Canmore, AB


This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars
4 kms
2hours
easy
Hiking
Spring, Winter, Fall, Summer
Canmore, AB
User canomad

An easy trail leads to an abandoned cold war bunker originally intended to house important documents should Canada be threatened.

From the parking lot of the Heart Creek day use area take the path leading west. It's washed out a short way down the trail so make your way around it and carry on until you come to a marker post for the Trans Canada Trail. Take a left here and continue until you come to an intersection and another TCT marker, take the left path here as well. The trail gradually switchbacks from here to the entrance of the bunker. Bring a decent flashlight if you plan on exploring.

Directions:

The Heart Creek day use area is on the south side of the Trans Canada Highway across from Lac des Arcs. It is accessable by both east and west bound traffic.


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By Pete's hikesPosted By: Pete's hikes  - Thu Aug 18 04:32:33 UTC 2016 Not Rated Comment Didn't quite make it to the bunker on Monday Aug 15th, 2016. Got about a third of the way to the site, from the Heart Creek parking lot, when we came upon a sow Grizzly and cubs while rounding a corner of the trail. Turned around (immediately) and ended up walking the Heart Creek instead.
Not deterred by the encounter, but we were a small group and that portion of the walk gave in to caution.
By KatMazzPosted By: KatMazz  - Thu Feb 18 15:41:24 UTC 2016 This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars Upside This was an easy hike and the bunker was really neat. Downside We went recently and the trail is EXTREMELY icy.
By sangagnonPosted By: sangagnon  - Sat Oct 04 00:12:52 UTC 2014 This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars Upside Fun and easy for kids. Downside 2013 Floods washed out a couple of sections. But you can make your way across ,the wash out, and find the trail again. Comment Bring the kids and some headlamps/flashlights and go explore. My kids loved it. We double up, and did bunker and then Heart Creek.
By Algae81Posted By: Algae81  - Mon Feb 11 02:25:47 UTC 2013 This trail was given a rating of 3 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 3 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 3 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 3 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 3 out of 5 stars Upside Easy hike. Had 1 year old in pack, 4 year old came. Not too long for either. 4 year old had fun checking out the cave. Downside Little bit of garbage and graffiti inside but not too bad. Comment It was a great way to spend an afternoon with the kids.
By veggie.therrienPosted By: veggie.therrien  - Mon Oct 03 17:01:31 UTC 2011 Not Rated Downside Lots of grafitti and garbage inside. Obviously a party cave now but still worth a look. Its a nice short path and you get a good view overtop the highway.
By EasyTPosted By: EasyT  - Sun Apr 11 21:54:25 UTC 2010 Not Rated Comment Ignore my previous post I was thinking of grotto canyon
By EasyTPosted By: EasyT  - Sun Apr 11 21:45:17 UTC 2010 This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars Comment I've done the heart creek part many times in summer spring fall and winter, there are some pictograms about half way up the creek bed. Is really fun the the early spring and the creek is all frozen. There is some ice clmbing possible too.
By mmoorePosted By: mmoore  - Thu Mar 19 04:17:15 UTC 2009 Not Rated Question how is this hike during the winter months

ANSWERS are in this forum:  winter
By jag1972Posted By: jag1972  - Sun Dec 30 05:48:26 UTC 2007 This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars Upside Easy Family hike with an exciting pseudo-caving experience. Downside Highway noise nearby. Comment Do not attempt to follow the dry creek bed up the mountain if you are heading to the cave bunker. At the trailhead be sure to follow the ribbons on the trees through a small section of trees around the creek bed.

Later, there will be 3 TCT markers. Turn left at the 1st. Continue on past the 2nd. Turn left at the 3rd (it will be an intersection).


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