Starts off on an easy trail, then a steep climb to the top of Heart Mountain - which is actually a false peak. Then you go along a ridge to the south, that curves north-east, then you descend on a ridge east of where you started. You come back on a flat path back to the parking lot.
South side of Trans Canada Highway, at Lac des Arcs interchange, 75km west of Calgary, 36km east of Banff.
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Posted By: jhaagsma
- Fri May 25 18:30:36 UTC 2018
UpsideFairly easy, good for introducing people to scrambling. The loop offers some nice views. Not very much exposure. DownsideIt's a bit of a short day, without much altitude gained.
Posted By: SamMisner
- Sun Jul 19 19:47:07 UTC 2015
Upsidebeautiful views of Lac de Arcs to the north and Kananaskis peaks to the south, fun chimney to scramble up Downsideloop is often not possible in early season due to deep snow CommentAt the end of May, this route was a great early season scramble but the loop was not possible due to deep snow. The hike is not for the weak of heart (hehe)... but seriously, there are some very exposed areas and it is one relentlessly steep climb the whole way.
Posted By: aliciaj
- Thu Jun 10 03:12:10 UTC 2010
UpsideA great cardio workout with great veiws and the chance to use your hands on alot of the climb. Its a great sholder season hike and so close to Calgary. DownsideIts hard for beginners if they are not very fit. Also hard to bring a dog along. CommentI think ive done this one about 20 times, its hard and fast enough to be worth the drive. It takes abotu 3 hours for unfit people and just over an hour for people who go up alot of hills. But thats only going up the scramble side and straight down, it takes about 3-5 hours to do the traverse. I love this one.
Posted By: mhleniuk
- Mon Aug 03 05:17:45 UTC 2009
UpsideGreat views! Good challenge, works the cardio. It's a scramble route, so I love the opportunity for short face-climbs. The "crux" is about 3 m , if you want a climb. DownsideCan be difficult for first-timers (as i know through the experience of bring a friend of mine who thought we were going "hiking" - she found it difficult). Huge elevation gains in short distance. CommentThis is one of my favorite scrambles! It's so close to Calgary, so if I don't have a lot of time on a day off, I can come to Heart! Have done it probably 7+ times. However, I have never actually done the horseshoe, I always just go up and then back down the scramble route. Longest it took (+ my friend who was having troubles, we were a group of 5) up and down, to and from the car, was 6 hours total. Quickest, was done in 3.5 hours total, we were a group or 4 scramblers.