Traverse of Mount Yamnuska

After moving to Canmore from Montreal less than a week ago, I decided to stretch my legs on Mount Yamnuska. A popular climbing spot and great early season conditioning hike, my route followed the climbers access path to the base of impressive cliffs, then gained the eastern ridge before traversing the backside of the mountain. I started the scramble early in the day, and was greeted with an over-capacity parking lot upon my return. This is surely a popular outing, especially on weekends. Most people follow the official hiking trail however, and don’t do the traverse, so despite its popularity, I had a relatively peaceful walk.

Obviously there is a discrepancy between my GPS route and Google's data. I began on the right side of the frame, and completed the traverse in a counter-clockwise direction
Obviously there is a discrepancy between my GPS route and Google’s data. I began on the right side of the mountain, and completed the traverse in a counter-clockwise direction
A view of Yamnuska from the highway
A view of Yamnuska from the highway
The climbers access trail switchbacks up to the base of impressive cliffs. My route followed the base of the cliffs and attained the ridge line on the easternmost part of the mountain
The climbers access trail switchbacks up to the base of impressive cliffs. My route followed the base of the cliffs and attained the ridge line on the easternmost part of the mountain
To gain the ridge, there are a few easy scramble moves through a rock chimney
To gain the ridge, there are a few easy scramble moves through a rock chimney
Inside the chimney the lighting was impressive
Inside the chimney the lighting was impressive
After gaining another two hundred metres of elevation, you arrive at the top of the cliffs
After gaining another two hundred metres of elevation, you arrive at the top of the cliffs
The crux of the route used to be more of a challenge without the bolted chains from what I understand
Clearly the crux of the route used to be more of a challenge without the bolted chains
A view looking down from the summit
A view looking down from the summit
Dropping off of the ridge on the west side of the mountain, the circuit is nearly complete (except for an amazing scree descent!)
Dropping off of the ridge on the west side of the mountain, the circuit is nearly complete (except for an amazing scree descent!)
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2 thoughts on “Traverse of Mount Yamnuska

  1. So is this the beginning of your “GPS trails in the form of wild animals” project ;o) Storming pictures and trail description – so damned tantalising!

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