Yamnuska Ridge and CMC Valley Trail

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Bow Valley Provincial Park

Yamnuska Ridge and CMC Valley Trail is a 8.9 kilometer heavily trafficked loop 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 rock climbing and is best used from June until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 8.9 km Elevation Gain: 922 m Route Type: Loop

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NOTE: The east descent may be closed for reclamation efforts. Please research prior to your visit. Although dogs are allowed in the Alberta Provincial Parks on leash, users have reported that this trail might be very difficult for dogs.

hiking
1 day ago

May 30- did this as a sunrise hike. Left the parking lot at 345am and were about 3.5km in for the sunrise at 5am. Great, challenging hike. The scree on the way down pretty much ruined my shoes. I clocked it at 10km with 965m elevation. It’s a doable hike for most but it will take you a while. When we were coming down at 11 the parking lot was completely full and people were parked on the road. There was a steady stream of people going into the hike for the first 1.5km. I would start early or late to avoid the crowds.

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2 days ago

Although I've ascended Yamnuska several times over the years, this was my first time via Raven's End. Doing the loop in a counter-clockwise direction is definitely the best, saving the fun "ski" down the scree for the end. With a watchful eye on the weather, we ended up doing the complete circuit, enduring a few light showers. Ascending from the east requires scrambling through a few sections with limited exposure, including a chained ledge, that you don't encounter on the route from the west. Snow and ice was still present in a few patches on the back, but you could get around them for the most part. The thunderstorm the night before and continued rain made for a lot of slick sections at the bottom. Despite the clouds, great views from along the ridge, and some early flowers, pikas and ground squirrels to brighten the day.

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2 days ago

3 days ago

This hike exceeded my expectations! amazing fews, amazing hike.

snow
4 days ago

What a great hike and glad we did it.... Did it with a group of 4 and had an awesome lunch at the Top on the Ridge..... Some snow on the trail at the higher elevations just before the Chimney....

4 days ago

Don't let the "hard" rating fool you, it's not that hard, it's very doable for most people in my opinion. Having said that, it's a wonderful hike definitely do it. The trail is near perfect just a touch of snow but it won't effect you.

If you want to avoid the crowd come no later than 9am,nice climbing and scrambling area ,there is some difficult path and one where you have to use chains . Saw a dog done it . Suggest to be physically fit and no fear of edges. Great view

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scramble
6 days ago

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7 days ago

Snowy patches near the top. Never tire of scrambling this mountain.

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7 days ago

There are lots blue mark you can follow! Muddy at beginning and a bit icy after the chain! The trail is busy but good social distancing!

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8 days ago

Ice and snow remain in shaded areas and below the summit. Traffic on the trail was heavy. Five hour round trip.

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8 days ago

Trail was in great shape some muddy spots from runoff. After chains some icy patches made for an interesting time traversing the ridge. Conditions were great and very doable. We completed it without cleats or picks. Started at 9:45am finished at 4:15pm, with multiple stops and lunch.

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8 days ago

Amazing trail. I would rate this more difficult than “hard”. Really enjoyed it, but won’t be heading back soon (the ascent near the top was pretty snowy).

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