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
Heading to the notch
The view after the notch
After the notch the trail cuts into the slope
Looking down as Dinah climbs up
Looking back along the ridge
The trail continues below the crest of the ridge
Dinah uses the cable to traverse the ledge at the crux
Further along the crux
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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