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Yamnuska Ridge and CMC Valley Trail is a 5.5 mile 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.

Length 5.5 mi Elevation gain 3,024 ft Route type Loop

Dogs on leash

Hiking

Rock climbing

Views

Wildlife

Rocky

Scramble

Snow

No shade

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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.

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Toni Matthews
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HikingBugsScramble
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Caitlin Lee
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Hiking

Great hike! It was extremely windy at the summit so we did not stay for long. I’d recommend hiking boots for the scree run but we were fine without poles. Took about 5 hours total.

Jay Lim
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HikingScramble

10/10 had an adventure trying to follow the stream down after getting lost during the scramble. If anyone comes down this way, best way to get down is to go through the bush after you get to the top of water fall.

Michaela Mullenix
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HikingBugsNo shade

Was a good hike! Bugs were so so bad in the tree area, loved the hike besides the way down, so slippery and SO STEEP! But i did it, loved going down where there was tons of rocks to scree down super quick. Definitely go with someone who’s familiar with the trail.

Gerson Valle
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Hiking

Great for a day hike! Just be sure to carry enough water.

Tyler Wong
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HikingBugsNo shadeRockyScrambleWashed out
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Meghan Misq
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Hiking

Great hike. Difficult and nerve wracking at parts but follow the blue squares at the top and that helps. Got off path a couple times at the top as the blue squares can be difficult to see.

Ian Vail
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Hiking

Went on July 4th. Tons of fun! Was a grind on the way up especially having never done anything like this before. Got caught in some rain, heavy winds and snow close to the chain section but it passed fairly quickly. The scree section on the way down was probably the most fun part! Got it done in Nikes too and I’ll take that over the dude I saw rocking sandles. Would definitely recommend/do it again!

Hannah M.
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HikingRockyScramble

Make sure to do the scree run on the way down! It is very doable (and fun!) and it shaves off a good amount of time- you can go faster compared to staying on the rocky trail. Start early as it is very popular!

Rory Siddall
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Hiking

Yahoo! The scree is such a blast. Great day with perfect weather. Windy and chilly on the summit.

Randall Spyksma
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HikingRockyScramble

Fun trail! Could be nerve wracking for beginners but to someone with experience scrambling it is pretty straight forward.

Daniel Durnford
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Hiking

Great trail, took the scree slide down instead of returning the same way. would recommend!

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Ahmet B
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HikingRockyScramble
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Rebecca Isbister
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WalkingBlowdownRockyScrambleSnow

Got up to the chains section - at that point the rain turned to snow. What an intense trail! I didn’t find poles to be absolutely necessary but good hiking shoes and enough water/food are a MUST. It’s a good one to start early to complete the loop. Lots of scramble, mostly rocky but some screw that I encountered.

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Jason Peter
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Hiking

Okay, so this was truly a memorable experience but not for the faint of heart! There’s some technically challenging uphill scrambles so make sure you have really good footwear. We experienced the power of the sun, freezing rain and icy pellets/snow all in the span of two hours! The winds and snow made its entry as I was about to hit the chain section so we had to wait it out a little. However, the chains aren’t too bad. Honestly, very do-able and there are more challenging parts during the descent. Once you cross the chains, there’s some more uphill climbing and you get to the summit. Totally worth it! The descent is interesting to say the least. Take your time with it and don’t rush it. There are some loose rocks that you’ll need to watch out for. As you make your way down the trail, you get to the scree section! As a complete newbie, I was quite skeptical of this but I can’t even begin to explain how much fun this was. I think this was the best part of the entire hike. Overall, a fantastic experience!

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Rob Graves
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HikingBugsMuddyRockyScramble

Crazy busy today!!! Great hike...don’t underestimate the need for poles, a helmet and good boots on this one especially for the scree, loose rocks and muddy conditions. Can’t say much for the views from the top as we got smashed with rain, snow and strong winds. When it was clear the views of the valley and of Goat Mountain were amazing. The trail is closed after you get down from the summit after the first scree section so you have to stay left and traverse the second scree section until you find a good point to descend the scree. The chimney, the chains, and the scramble are very easy to navigate. If you are freaked out by the chains section it really isn’t that bad trust your feet and make sure to stand up. Always have at least one hand on the chain and trust your footing. Follow the blue diamonds all the way up and down for your route and you will be fine. I really enjoyed the challenge on this one and I will be back to do it again

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