A serious scramble that allows three peaks to be bagged in one trip!
The scramble starts up the Heart Mountain trail, continues on to Grant MacEwan Peak and then onto the two peaks unofficially known as the "Twin Towers". The Towers are part of a long ridgeline that connects up with Mt. Lorette.
The portion of the GPS track that is most westerly once south of Gran MacEwan Peak involves a difficult 6 m downclimb that can be avoided by transversing along the eastern portion of the GPS track.
People attempting this scramble should be very comfortable with scrambling!
Head west on the Trans Canada (Highway 16) for 75 kilometers and turn south at the Lac des Arcs interchange. Park at the Heart Creek Trailhead.
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Posted By: dfcruick
- Tue May 17 02:08:52 UTC 2016
Upside- beautiful views - challenging Downside- fairly steep grade/elevation change - some spots on the Twins trail require some serious "scrambling" - Twins route is not for the inexpereinced CommentWent out this past Sun (2016-05-16). Still a bit of snow (up to 4") up near the tops. Trail is snow packed for the most part although can make for slippery sections. The Twins route was completely snow covered. Had to be sure of footing with each step in order to avoid covered scree and icy rock faces which took some extra time. The last face was fairly icy and took some time and care to ascend (and especially descend). The descent off MacEwen had some snow cover which again made for some slippery sections. Highly recommended challenging hike.
Some reference info for each of the peaks (ET is my elapsed time, h:m):
Heart Mountain Distance: 2.75 km Elevation Change (total): 678 m ET: 1:35
Grant MacEwen Distance: 4.3 km Elevation Change (total): 809 m ET: 2:05
Twins (Up Heart and Down MacEwan) Distance: 14.1 km Elevation Change (total): 1242 m ET: 6:15
Posted By: ChrisMarry
- Sun Apr 03 16:55:33 UTC 2016
UpsideFun and exciting/challenging scramble, a real one! You most probably will be alone once on the south ridge to the Towers for a nice and sometimes exposed ridge walk. DownsideIt can be quite busy up and down Heart circuit. CommentEdwards Rating: III (V) M M (when down climbing the crux)
6 to 9 hours
Elevation of 1393 m TOT & max 2312 m
Great early-late season scramble
Gear: If going down the crux, proper scrambling boots or approach shoes would help.
***** We read about this scramble before trying it out and we decided to try it and probably go around to the right side of the climbing wall at the crux. Once at MacEwan Peak, we walked down the south ridge with a new friend we just met that wanted to do the Twin Towers as well. We were not expecting to do the most difficult route at first but we decided to follow our friend and he helped us go down the wall on what some call the expert route. If you can`t go down there, there is a possibility of going down on the right side of the wall probably about 10-15 metres before. Another option some have talked about is to go to the left side of the ridge from MacEwan Peak and circumvent the whole thing to get back to the ridge only after the crux.
We were lucky enough to have met that friend who helped us get through the most difficult route but it was tough with our cheap hiking boots, it surely didn`t help. Once past the crux, we walked on a sometimes exposed ridge such would have been fine without this crazy wind but still manageable. Just under the West Tower, our first decided to scramble up a couloir but we took the easy way up a steep scree gully on the right. We met at the top and then walked down the east where another down climb was involved. I did it on the way back only and it was not bad at all if you did the crux anyways. But it is also possible to lose a bit of elevation on the right and then get to the col between the towers for an easy hike up the second peak. I absolutely loved that scramble but this was no joke.