I decided to climb Mount Yamnuska today because it is one that Dan wasn’t too keen on doing again and he wasn’t able to join me. I didn’t want him to feel like he was missing out. He still did but not as bad as if I’d climbed a mountain he was eager to do too.
I also chose Yam because I’ve been up it before, years ago, and it was a fun scramble. The trails there were rebuilt a couple years ago and I was curious to see the changes.
I climbed it on a warm sunny Saturday and boy was it crowded! The scrambling was fun and the chains were as spicy as I remember. Great day.
Note that the photo above is one I took in April when Dan and I hiked up the front to look at climbing routes. Today there was no snow.
A beautiful day for a hike! It starts in a forest, flat for a short time, over a little bridge. Then the uphill starts.
The trail builders have created stairs from flat stones at strategic locations. There are also many signs along the trail now to ensure you get to where you want to go. Here the signs tell hikers and scramblers to go right. This loop is definitely done counter clock wise. Never clock wise.
Once on the hiker and scrambler trail, you traverse the slope heading uphill on excellent trail.
Looking at the rocky top half of the mountain from the side. The trail traverses the right side through the trees up on to the shoulder. Then it goes along the top of the shoulder to the base of the rock on the right or east side. This area is called Raven's End.
Here on top of the shoulder, the trail heads up toward the rocky top half of the mountain. You can start to see the back of the rocky section where the scramble trail goes up.
Stairs take you up towards Raven's End. Once there, you see a sign telling you that continuing on is a serious scramble and should not be undertaken unless you have scrambling experience.
out and back
Yamnuska parking lot on Highway 1A east of Exshaw.
My path up to the summit and down the west col recorded on the FATMAP app on my phone.
A Kananskis Conservation Pass is required to park your vehicle at the trailhead. Buy one here https://conservationpass.alberta.ca/kcp
Looking through the top of the chimney. This was a beautiful day and a very fun scramble over great rock. It made me really excited to climb some routes on the front. Hoepfully we'll get up there this year.
Wow 11 peaks climbed this year and I'm well on track to make the 20 Peaks goal. I'm not sure what I'll do next. Waiting for Dan's ankle to heal, I really want to do some challenging scrambles with him.