Heart Mountain

Heart Mountain near Canmore, AB


This trail was given a rating of 3 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 3 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 3 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 3 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 3 out of 5 stars
11 kms
6hours
difficult
Hiking
Spring, Fall, Summer
Canmore, AB
User sybrand

Starts off on an easy trail, then a steep climb to the top of Heart Mountain - which is actually a false peak. Then you go along a ridge to the south, that curves north-east, then you descend on a ridge east of where you started. You come back on a flat path back to the parking lot.

Directions:

South side of Trans Canada Highway, at Lac des Arcs interchange, 75km west of Calgary, 36km east of Banff.




Please check the bottom of the Description (above left; click) for the author's written directions.

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By jhaagsmaPosted By: jhaagsma  - Fri May 25 18:30:36 UTC 2018 This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars Upside Fairly easy, good for introducing people to scrambling. The loop offers some nice views. Not very much exposure. Downside It's a bit of a short day, without much altitude gained.
By SamMisnerPosted By: SamMisner  - Sun Jul 19 19:47:07 UTC 2015 Not Rated Upside beautiful views of Lac de Arcs to the north and Kananaskis peaks to the south, fun chimney to scramble up Downside loop is often not possible in early season due to deep snow Comment At the end of May, this route was a great early season scramble but the loop was not possible due to deep snow. The hike is not for the weak of heart (hehe)... but seriously, there are some very exposed areas and it is one relentlessly steep climb the whole way.
By aliciajPosted By: aliciaj  - Thu Jun 10 03:12:10 UTC 2010 This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars Upside A great cardio workout with great veiws and the chance to use your hands on alot of the climb. Its a great sholder season hike and so close to Calgary. Downside Its hard for beginners if they are not very fit. Also hard to bring a dog along. Comment I think ive done this one about 20 times, its hard and fast enough to be worth the drive. It takes abotu 3 hours for unfit people and just over an hour for people who go up alot of hills. But thats only going up the scramble side and straight down, it takes about 3-5 hours to do the traverse. I love this one.
By mhleniukPosted By: mhleniuk  - Mon Aug 03 05:17:45 UTC 2009 This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars Upside Great views! Good challenge, works the cardio. It's a scramble route, so I love the opportunity for short face-climbs. The "crux" is about 3 m , if you want a climb. Downside Can be difficult for first-timers (as i know through the experience of bring a friend of mine who thought we were going "hiking" - she found it difficult). Huge elevation gains in short distance. Comment This is one of my favorite scrambles! It's so close to Calgary, so if I don't have a lot of time on a day off, I can come to Heart! Have done it probably 7+ times. However, I have never actually done the horseshoe, I always just go up and then back down the scramble route. Longest it took (+ my friend who was having troubles, we were a group of 5) up and down, to and from the car, was 6 hours total. Quickest, was done in 3.5 hours total, we were a group or 4 scramblers.


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