Yamnuska Summit

Yamnuska Summit near Kananaskis, AB


This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars
11 kms
6hours
difficult
Rock Climbing, Hiking
Fall, Summer
Kananaskis, AB
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NTS Map: 082O03

Elevation Gain: 900 m (2,953 ft).

A Bow Vally Classic for hikers and climbers. Its sheer 500' face can be seen from the TransCanada and the peak is often in the clouds. It gets an A for accessability.

There are many routes for both up this limestone mountain to the 2240m summit. Even hikers (who can do a 900m elevation change in 4.5-6km) can make it to the summit without special equipment. The first 3km is through mixed forest with a wide variety of wild life and birds to see. Above the trees is a fair amount of skree and careful footing is required.

A loop can be made around the mountain and if so, do it CCW. To make the loop (or get to the summit from the E), there is a narrow ledge 30m long that must be traversed about 300m from the summit. There is a cable to hang on to but it isn't for the faint of heart as you can see in the picture.

Editor's Note: This is a scramble. Be aware that scrambling can injure or kill you. Be prepared, know your limits and make sure somebody knows where you're going.

Directions:

Calgary, west on TC1 ~60km to Seebe turnoff. Go N on 1X to 1A, then E 2km to Yamnuska parking lot on N side of highway. Go to N end of lot and follow well used trail.
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By ailosvayPosted By: ailosvay  - Tue Oct 15 18:03:04 EDT 2013 This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars Upside Stunning views of the Prairies and Mountains - Best of both worlds. Downside Very exposed, very steep, some tricky bits. not for the faint hearted. Comment A great hike. We made it to the second summit (not the true summit) it was getting on in the afternoon and we still had to come down. Plus I was feeling a little vertigoish just as we reached the chain (which is a shame) but at that point it was best to turn back. Great hike though, would do it again in a heartbeat.
By ChrisMarryPosted By: ChrisMarry  - Mon Sep 16 00:34:19 EDT 2013 This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars Upside Superb views, great technical scrambling challenge, the chain is an interesting part of it. Downside Lots of scree, sometimes it's nice and a great slide down, sometimes it's a bit risky, hidden slabs, be careful. Comment That was my first "real" scramble in July and I stopped at the chain the first time. 2 weeks later, back there and doing all the loop, I loved it! I think that's where I started to love scrambling! Since this one, I did many more difficult scrambles and I am enjoying exposure, technical difficulty and down climbing more than I ever did. It was a great initiation to more challenging scrambles.
By 1footinfrontofotherPosted By: 1footinfrontofother  - Sun Jul 21 20:24:57 EDT 2013 This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars Upside Amazing views from various spots! A lot of UP! But worth the reward at the top. Comment We were really moving and it took about 3 hrs with a short rest at the top. Again... This was a great hike, challenging and rewarding :)</br></br>
By vpathakPosted By: vpathak  - Sun Jul 22 23:43:29 EDT 2012 Not Rated Upside Great hike/scramble. Did this in early July and the weather was perfect. Don't think I could have done it in rainy conditions. The views from false as well as the true summit are incredible. The rock is loose so dont lose heart if you slip a few times. If you reach the true summit, you can follow the west side of the mountain to go down where you go right below the Yamnuska south face which you just summited. You can choose to scree down which will save considerable time. We chickened out so we had to go all the way across the face into the trees and then continue till we met the trail which we had taken earlier in the morning. Dont take any false trails when you are back in trees. Continue till the end where you have the actual trail. Downside Being a popular trail, it can be crowded. Although not everyone ventures past the trail onto the scrambling section. The "trail" can be difficult to follow when on the rock slopes. So just follow the easiest way. Comment The hike is good for scrambling beginners like me, involves some use of hand and crossing a narrow section with the help of an installed chain.. But not good if you are not comfortable with heights and also requires reasonable fitness to cross some sections. My advice is to judge your ability in the first few minutes of scramble and then decide if you want to continue..
By jmoorePosted By: jmoore  - Tue Aug 16 03:32:19 EDT 2011 Not Rated Comment Did this one mid-Aug. 2011, started the hike at about 1:45 pm and got off the mountain at about 7:00. We travelled east to west, used the chain to get around ledge which was amazing fun! From the chain, we climbed to one of the false summits, and from here decided to aim for the true summit. We could see several trails that headed towards the summit however they were not super easy to follow. We were informed by other hikers (also aiming for the summit) to look for inookshook's (sp?) and aim for them as that is where the trail is. These were not always easy to see, however we did manage to make it to the summit.

On our descent, we continue to the west of the mountain, and you end up walking along huge rock face of Yamnuska that you have just come down off of. From here, we travelled almost all the way across the face and descended in one of the final run-offs of scree as opposed to continuing all the way across back into the trees. There was a trail at the bottom of the scree which links up with the trail you hike up on at the start.

I'm not an experienced climber, and found this hike challenging yet do-able, and it was definitely worth it!!
By mark3107Posted By: mark3107  - Mon Jun 28 00:20:10 EDT 2010 This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars Upside well signed and maintained trail with an exciting cable walk. The scree running was superb. Downside Not dog friendly due to the cable walk and the scree if coming down the west side Comment Fantastic hike with outstanding views and serious exposure when looking over the edge. The cable walk was exciting and the scree running awesome but not suited to less experienced hikers or people afraid of heights.
By slicksterPosted By: slickster  - Sun Apr 18 00:04:22 EDT 2010 This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars Upside great hike with some scrambling. fantastic views. Downside did this in april with others on the trail, and i suppose it could get busy in summer. Comment I enjoyed this hike a lot. CCW loop. the crux in the rockband was quite manageable and similarly with the cable and the ledge.

on the descend, i would recommend considering gaitors to keep the rocks out of the boots. there is a lot of scree on the descend.

i took 6 hrs to go around and that includes time for pictures, lunch, and some breaks.
By OmeljaniukPosted By: Omeljaniuk  - Thu Jan 15 13:43:34 EST 2009 Not Rated Question Greetings!

1. I've taken the route up Yamnuska from the east and summitted from the west.

2. From the east, the cable-protected ledge is straightforward but I haven't figured out what to do after I unclip and try to reaccess the route to the summit. I've scrambled down a few meters after the cable-protected ledge and tried to have a look but I wouldn't commit after the wall on the left because I couldn't see. So, which way to get down and resume the summit track?

3. Thanks in advance. When I take my kids up I tend to be very, very cautious. They on the other hand are fearless.

Cheers!

Robert

ANSWERS are in this forum:  YAMNUSKA TRAVERSE CRUX SOLUTION
By Bud StokesPosted By: Bud Stokes  - Mon Oct 27 01:29:23 EDT 2008 This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars Upside Great variety, loved the alpine section. Fairly high exposure in a few places (along the cable) but not diffucult at all..... just very cool!!! Many possibe lines so its a good one to do multiple times.... also fairly short (1/2 day) and close to Calgary Downside Overpopulated Comment Six hours is a generous estimation of time. Five of us did it in four hours and we are fairly average hikers in my opinion, we did not stop for lunch however so that would add a bit more time.
By SarabinerPosted By: Sarabiner  - Mon Oct 13 13:42:10 EDT 2008 This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars Upside Great exposure. Climbing, bouldering and a waterfall to cool off on after a scree ski down. Downside Overpopulated. Comment A strong hiker can bomb it up, around, and back to the car park in less than 4 hours though a great number of people take the full day. Give yourself extra time if you've never hiked Yam before.
By pduncanPosted By: pduncan  - Sun Mar 23 13:38:08 EDT 2008 Not Rated Question I was looking for information on the Ghost-Spectral Creek/Lakes area, thinking of a backpack this summer. I am aware of the closure on the Aylmer side during "berry season" and thru the autumn. Apparently this was formerly a popular backpacking trip, but it seems few have traveled there in recent years. If anyone has hiked in the past few years, I would appreciate info on condition of the route up Spectral Creek from the Ghost. Also would be curious if anyone has hiked Paradise Pass from the Ghost, that seems to be a valley very rarely traveled.
Thanks
Paula Duncan

ANSWERS are in this forum:  Spectral Creek/Ghost
By feredPosted By: fered  - Tue Sep 25 11:05:02 EDT 2007 This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars Upside The view and the scenery is spectacular. Downside There was a lot of snow on the scramble to the peak because it is on the north eastern side and the sun disappears behind the mountain fairly early, a good reason to start early in the morning. We tried to make it yesterday (September 24) and there was about a foot of snow. Comment BE WARNED, if there is snow don't attempt the summit unless you are experienced.


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