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Partial panorama from Heart Mountain

Heart Mountain and Grant MacEwan Peak
Kananaskis, Alberta
April 23, 2005
Distance: 10.1 km
Cumulative Elevation Gain: 974 m

Dinah and I followed the recommended counterclockwise loop route that takes in Heart Mountain before proceeding to the higher Grant MacEwan Peak. This is a short, enjoyable scramble – good for good beginners – although on a nice weekend, you may find yourself sharing the climb with dozens of others.

You can start at the Heart Creek parking lot, but like many people, we parked on the side of the highway, shortening the trip by several hundred metres. From there, we followed the trail up the northwest ridge. Partway up there's some easy scrambling, but the rest of the loop is a hike. From the summit of Heart, we continued north along the ridge to Mount MacEwan. There, we turned left and followed the northeast ridge as bends north before dropping alongside the highway. From there we had a short walk to our car.

Postscript: A year after climbing Heart Mountain's "second summit," as it was called then, it was officially named Grant MacEwan Peak.

KML and GPX Tracks

Heart Mountain is easily identified by it's distinctive summit

Near the trailhead there's a warning (mouse over)

Heading to the base of the mountain

The views behind us soon opened up

Starting up the ridge

Photo taken from the crux where there's a red diamond: I continued past it to scramble up a slightly more difficult spot

Scrambling up

Looking down the crux

High above Bow Valley

Stopping along the ridge to Grant MacEwan Peak from Heart Mountain

Grant MacEwan Peak lies ahead along the ridge

Dinah knee deep in snow

View from Grant MacEwan Peak

Left are the Twin Towers that can be reached from Grant MacEwan Peak using the south ridge

Heading down to the highway

82 O/3 Canmore

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