Mount Yamnuska

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Distance:
7 km
Difficulty:
Moderate
Elev. gain:
533 meters
Time required:
1 - 3 hours
Bikes permitted:
No
Dogs permitted:
Yes

Directions to trail head

Leave Calgary heading west on highway #1. Travel 63 kilometers from the outskirts of Calgary. At exit #114 head north to Seebe/Exshaw. At this point you will be on highway 1X. Travel 3.5 kilometers and turn right (east) on Highway 1A. The turn for the parking lot for Mount Yamnuska is less than a kilometer to the east on Highway 1A. The parking lot is on the north side of the highway a couple of hundred meters off of highway 1A.

Hazards on trail

If you plan to climb to the summit do not bite off more than you can handle. Try to avoid making headlines in the local paper.

Hike Description

Officially this mountain is Mount Laurie but it is better known by its unofficial name, Mount Yamnuska. Here is the view of Mount Yamnuska from the parking lot.


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The attached GPS track heads to the far right side of the photo above the tree line. The hike starts in the parking lot and either via the trail or the road you will end up at a climber sign in box after walking only a couple of minutes. Continue up the trail to waypoint #195. At this point if you follow the track you will go to the east. The other option is to turn to the west trail. Both trails allow you to attempt to climb to the summit but from all accounts I have read it is the easiest from the east side. This trail has awesome views of the valley and surrounding mountains. The GPS track stops where the scrambling starts so you will have to find your own way after this point. The summit is approximately 300 additional meters in elevation.


To view the full size topographical map of this hike go to flickr.


Here is the Elevation Profile for this hike.


Mount Yamniska Elevation


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.



Hike Photos

Mount Yamnuska
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Hey, it works.

Hey, it works.

I was going here last week with a group, so I downloaded the track from here into my GPS and was able to follow the track up to the chimney. There was still snow and ice on the trail so we returned along the front face. We hiked out to the scree slope and then returned on the climbers trail.

My GPS lost satellite contact several times, so my return track is not too accurate, but I am new to GPS technology. Next time will carry the unit on my arm or shoulder to get a better track.

See my photos here:

Calgary Evergreens at Mt Yamnuska