Mount Yamnuska

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Mount Yamnuska is a 10.6 kilometer heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Municipal District of Bighorn No. 8, Alberta, Canada that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is best used from May until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 10.6 km Elevation Gain: 986 m Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

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forest

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wildlife

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scramble

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NOTE: Although dogs are allowed in the Alberta Provincial Parks on leash, users have reported that this trail might be very difficult for dogs.

hiking
9 hours ago

Great hike all around. spectacular views at the top and some challenging terrain to get there. definitely some sketchy parts closer to the top, but very fun for experienced hikers.

hiking
9 days ago

Excellent hike! However not for the faint of heart due to the exposure and scrambling skills needed for a large section of the hike. Route finding skills are required as many people have gone off the trail and created many unsafe routes. Pack extra clothes as the weather changes very fast up there and enjoy!

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10 days ago

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13 days ago

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14 days ago

Awesome trail. Enjoyable from start to finish. Incredible views once you start climbing, the chain section is cool, but slightly underwhelming. Trail down from the summit is long and slow, some of us took the yellow scree (immediately off to the left) down and then went around the side, opposed to coming down over the top. Then the other scree slide that leads you down to the forest. What a blast! So much fun! Highly recommend.

hiking
18 days ago

This was an excellent first trail of the season. There were excellent views and a little of everything. The chain section was a little disappointing, there really wasnt much exposure, but on the other side there were cliffs with incredible photo ops. The trail was dry and well kept however it was easy to lose the trail over the rocky, scree sections. I had to double back a significant ways at one point... mostly because my GPS failed. For once I brought bug spray and didnt have to use it at all! No ticks, mosquitoes or flies, but there were these annoying tiny beetles at the summit (and only there). They wouldnt bite but were VERY annoying and would go for the inner ear, eyes, nose and mouth. They made it impossible to enjoy the summit unfortunately. In total it took me 4hrs 45min at an extremely leisurely pace with lots of stopping to take pictures.

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bugs
no shade
20 days ago

Fun hike! Completed this today (May 29) and conditions were hot and dry with lots of sun exposure. Some snow and mud near the summit, but mostly off trail and disappearing rapidly. Hike is moderate for physical exertion, but require some hands on scrambling and navigating scree slopes past the chimney which could be daunting to inexperienced hikers. Trail is well marked and we saw lots of people up there on a Wednesday, so weekends will likely be packed. Highly recommend doing the circuit and taking the scree slopes down for a fun and quick descent! Took us 4.5 hours round trip with lots of scenic stops. Wildfire smoke was mostly towards the bow valley side and cleared up around the back.

hiking
1 month ago

Did this hike last summer with a group of friend and it was amazing. Challenging but there’s lots of beautiful stops along the way. Scrambling on the way down was a highlight for me. Chains were fun too, highly recommend!

1 month ago

great trail, still a decent amount of snow and we found ticks on our clothes and in our hair, they must drop from trees, check carefully.

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snow
1 month ago

So much fun!! Yaktrax or crampons and poles are a must! Trail gets slippery with snow 100m or so below the crevasse you must crawl through and past that point snow can get as deep as your thigh.

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scramble
1 month ago

I really enjoyed this hike, you don’t need any ice axes at all not sure where they would of been needed. The chains are fine, not hard pretty cool really. Some deep snow down the path I took, a little nothing huge everything is melting. You do need crampons, I never used hiking poles and I was fine. I don’t think this an overly hard hike it’s enjoyable but nothing scary. I stayed on the edge the whole time and did some rock climbing if you see my recording lol I made my own path and it was great. Happy to accomplished it.

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snow
1 month ago

enjoyed this one

hiking
2 months ago

Fun one to do, close to calgary

hiking
2 months ago

Did this early February and it was sunny and beautiful but we didn't do the full hike, turned around at the chains due to conditions of slippery ice and snow. still a great hike, beautiful views.

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scramble
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3 months ago

Was a wonderful hike!! Pretty steep at some points which can be difficult in the snow but it was worth it! Very very beautiful. Can’t wait to do it in the summer and explore the summit a bit more!

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4 months ago

good little hike

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