Heart Mountain Trail Return via Quaite Creek Trail
Directions to trail head
Hazards on trail
The mountain is usually one of the first peaks that can be climbed after the spring snow melt. I was going to post the Elevation Profile from this hike but what you would see is that you hike straight up and then down at very aggressive rates of climbing and descent. For this reason, although dogs are allowed I do not recommend this trail for them. Depending on your pet, there is one spot at least where you will have to lift your dog to continue. I had to boost my dog at this spot and I can attest, it is steeper than it looks in the picture.
I would suggest you start in the Heart Creek Trail parking lot. You hike following the highway for about 1 kilometer before reaching the trailhead for the trail to Heart Mountain. A lot of people climb close to the peak and return the same way. The GPS track is a circuit route that can be completed by following the ridge line as it circles behind the Heart Mountain and then descends to Quartzite Creek. View the full size topographical map via flickr.
The GPS track for this hike can be downloaded via the file attached to this post. Go to the "About" page for directions prior to download or use of this data. Please submit your feedback and let me know your thoughts on the hike. If you have the the GPS data for other hikes in Alberta please send it along with a couple pictures to chris[at]hikealberta[dot]com.