Mount Yamnuska
Kananaskis, Alberta
June 20, 2009

It's been over ten years since I did the Yamnuska traverse and Dinah has never done it. So with a short day in mind we paid the popular mountain a visit.

We tramped up the trail and took the right fork to do the traverse counterclockwise. After scrabbling through the notch we continued up the trail until we reached the crux. Years ago, when I had done the traverse, there was no cable and few people ventured past this point. Now, we had to wait in line as hikers took their turn shuffling along a narrow ledge while holding onto a cable.

After the crux, it was still tricky going (and difficult to pass slower groups) until the trail moved off the rocks and back onto a scree slope. We made our way to the summit. As expected, we found no solitude and shared the top with several others.

After a half-hour stay, we started down the west side of the mountain, quickly descending on scree. At the col, footing was less agreeable – loose stones on hard-packed ground – but past that, we hiked easily along the cliff-base trail and then scooted down the scree slope. Minutes later we were back at the parking lot which now overflowed with vehicles.


Mount Yamnuska from the highway


On the trail


The trail leads to the base of a huge cliff face


Early blue violet


Clark's nutcracker


Route goes through to a notch in the cliffs


Heading to the notch


The view after the notch


After the notch the trail cuts into the slope


Easy scramble to a small saddle (mouse over for a close-up)


Looking down as Dinah climbs up


Looking back along the ridge


The trail continues below the crest of the ridge


East Peak of Wendall and Association Peak


Dinah uses the cable to traverse the ledge at the crux


Further along the crux


My turn


Looking back at the crux (mouse over for a close up)


Looking back just below the summit


Coming to the summit


A hiker straps on gaiters by the summit cairn


Heading down to the col from the top of Yamnuska


On the scree below the cliffs


Fast descent down scree slopes


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