Yamnuska Ridge & CMC Valley Trail

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Yamnuska Ridge & CMC Valley Trail is a 8.9 kilometer moderately trafficked loop trail located near Bighorn No 8, Alberta, Canada that features a great forest setting and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
8.9 km
ELEVATION GAIN
901 m
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

views

scramble

1 day ago

The hike is now open :)

Have fun !!!

closed today until 1500 because of blasting operations

hiking
3 days ago

The chained part isn’t as difficult or frightening as some might think. Cool Bits of scrambling. Very lengthy runs of scree coming down. I wouldn’t do this hike again without hiking boots. Views of the mountains and the prairies. Lots of exposure on this one. Wear sunscreen & a hat.

4 days ago

Great hike. The snow is pretty much gone. The first part of the trail is straightforward, and then it transitions into a mild scramble followed by a tougher scramble around the back of the ridge aided by a chain bolted into the side of the mountain (not dog/small child friendly). The view from the top was superb. There were bugs about but nothing that bit, although if you don't like little flies you might consider bug spray. We ran down the scree slope on the front face which was good fun.

hiking
6 days ago

Enjoyed the first half of the hike, had to turn around as my dog could not get up the chimney/back part of the mountain which was too bad. Still a good day out in the mountains. Beautiful views. Very popular.

7 days ago

awesome

hiking
18 days ago

Did this hike last Friday, little ice or snow when getting to the ridge but it was quite snowy getting to the peak, we decided not to because we had no crampons, on the way down we sort of freestyled, be wary of ticks!! We found about 7 in the car on the way home!!

hiking
18 days ago

Great hike, not much scrambling but great views and looks like a ton of great climbing

hiking
23 days ago

One of the best hikes in the area. Highly recommended.

23 days ago

26 days ago

This was my first mountain climb/hard hike. I absolutely loved the views and enjoyed the challenge of this trail. It has some scrambling over the rocks, and also has a chain linked into the cliff to cross the narrow part. Was a great experience and would do this hike again. I did this hike in the summer and we ran down the back.

hiking
1 month ago

Extremely fun and challenging trail. In the summer you can run down the scree slope on the backside for an added bonus

5 months ago

Very little ice and snow. Amazing conditions for mid December!

hiking
6 months ago

Was a challenging hike views were amazing at the top where we enjoyed a nice beverage. The descent is where this hike loses stars - almost like going down a rock slide at times. Doesn’t really allow you to enjoy the hike and more just worried about not rolling an ankle / staying upright. All in all a good day hike to get a sweat on !

hiking
7 months ago

Great hike!

hiking
7 months ago

Really cool hike. There is a small scramble but easy enough to pass. The sights are amazing all the way up. Chains

7 months ago

Awesome hike. Beautiful day for it too. About 4 degrees. Getting wet on the bottom and light snow up top but still dry enough. My dog refused to do the chain section

hiking
7 months ago

amazing hike! Pretty much had the trail to ourselves all day yesterday. Definitely a more "technical" hike once you get to the chimney. The first part of the trail is relatively easy, slight incline moving your way up. The chimney requires some good footing but isn't impossible. Continue on until you reach the chain link which was a lot of fun, just be confident and you'll be fine! The views from the top cannot be beat and the first lookoff also gives you some awesome pics. This took us around 5.5 hours to complete however melting snow and ice made it quite slippery so we took our time. Could do in around 4-4.5 in the summer.

hiking
7 months ago

Awesome hike, definitely a go to every year. This trail can be a bit busy as it is a popular route. It also requires a bit of scrambling. Running down the scree slope is super fun.

5 stars for the above reasons.

7 months ago

Definitely more tricky than I was expecting, it was a pretty slick up top despite having good traction footwear, but the scree running on the way down was a blast. The panoramic views on this hike are stunning.

7 months ago

One of my favourites. Make sure to have good traction footwear for up top. Don't need spikes yet.

hiking
7 months ago

Beautiful hike!

8 months ago

Very difficult for a beginner but the peak is definitely worth it. The slide down is also super fun!

8 months ago

Yamnushka mountain is the most memorable hike so far! It challenges you. It tests you. It was hard mentally and physically..but so worth it once you reach the summit! If you have fear of heights, it will definitely test your limits! Tons of scrambling and scree skiing.. I know i will be back!

hiking
8 months ago

hiking
8 months ago

Can be a little steep on the way up but it's very doable and the views are incredible! Plus the scree skiing on the way down was a blast. It may be one of my new favourite hikes

hiking
9 months ago

Took 6 hours. 1 hour was for lunch so 5 hours of hiking/breaks. Could probably do in 4 hours if all hikers are experienced.

The trail is pretty well marked and once you get to the rocks just look for the blue squares.

The chain is nothing to be afraid of. The drop isn't too bad and there is lots of room for your feet.

Going back down has ALOT of scree. Would recommend long socks or pants or gators. The first bit of the scree was pretty hard/had to take it slow then after that it wasn't too bad.

9 months ago

great hike, when you get closer to the top it gets a little more dicey. there is alot of loose stones. One point of the trail you have to hold onto a chain secured into the mountain to get around a cliff face.

9 months ago

not worth it

9 months ago

This was an amazing hike/scramble. Great views and very diverse. I didn't enjoy the scree on the way down and luckily my husband and brother in law indulged me to traverse all the way across the face so we could descend on the path. It added some time, but we lived and that's the most important thing.

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