Trail to Eastside of Rundle Mountain

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Distance:
8.5 km
Difficulty:
Strenuous
Elev. gain:
820 meters
Time required:
3 - 5 hours
Bikes permitted:
No
Dogs permitted:
Yes

Directions to trail head

Drive to Canmore Alberta. Drive up highway #742, the Smith-Dorrien-Spray Lakes Trail towards the Canmore Nordic Centre. Continue past the turn-off for the Nordic Centre, keeping to the left. Continue on the gravel and park in the Goat Creek Parking Lot.

Hazards on trail

Falling. At points you are walking on a cliff edge. According to some scrambling books the use of a rope is recommended if you are climbing to the peak of East Rundle.

Hike Description

From the parking lot walk approximately 200 meters back down the Smith-Dorrien-Spray Lakes Trail towards Canmore. The trail, visible in the photo below, starts near a power pole on the same side of the road as the parking lot.


East Rundle Mountain Alberta Trailhead


The trail climbs into the forest, initially to the right and then quickly turns back towards the parking lot for about 200 meters. The trail then turns again and begins its rapid climb to the tree line. Once above the trees you will enter a mountain meadow. You will want to keep to the right side watching for the cairns along the trail. At waypoint #002 there is a cairn. Looking to the right you will see a small peak depicted below.


East Rundle Hiking Trail


Looking to the left and you should see a trail running diagonal across the meadow and then into the scree. At this point you have the choice of continuing to the lookout over Canmore by staying to the right. This involves no scrambling. The other option is to follow the diagonal trail depicted below to the highpoint of east Rundle. This is the more difficult route involving scrambling.


East Rundle Mountain Hiking Trail Path to the Peak



Hike Photos

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Thank you

Great, I always wanted to know where the trailhead is.