Mount Yamnuska

Ravens End – Mount Yamnuska – Mount John Laurie

  • 8 Kilometres Return (more like 7 if you don’t get lost and wander off in the wrong direction)

  • 550 Metre Elevation Gain

After spending the weekend in Banff I had planned to meet up on sunday morning with some friends to go hiking at Mount Yamnuska. I was up early and decided to take a quick drive down the Bow Valley Parkway to Lake Louis in search of wildlife before meeting up with them. By the time I got to Yamnuska I was way behind schedule and could see by the cars in the parking lot that they had already headed up the trail. I figured I was probably only twenty minutes or so behind them and could likely catch up as they had children with them. But instead I ended up taking a wrong turn and ended up wandering off in the wrong direction for a while (which became rather evident when the trail ended at a barbed-wire fence).

I did finally catch up to them at the top (aka. Raven’s End, aka. the chimney, aka. the point). They had gone on a little bit further past the chimney and I was waiting there when they came back through (wondering if they had come back down and passed by me while I was on the wrong trail).

Yamnuska is basically a staple for hiking around Calgary. I think this was the fourth or fifth time I’ve been up to the chimney. But it is a really good hike with great views looking out east over the prairies. It also has the added advantage of a slightly longer hiking season than a lot of the hikes that are higher up in the mountains.

 

Scenic Hiking views from the Mount John Laurie area of Kananaskis Country in the Alberta Foothills

Scenic Hiking views from the Mount John Laurie area of Kananaskis Country in the Alberta Foothills

Scenic Hiking views from the Mount John Laurie area of Kananaskis Country in the Alberta Foothills

Scenic Hiking views from the Mount John Laurie area of Kananaskis Country in the Alberta Foothills

Scenic Hiking views from the Mount John Laurie area of Kananaskis Country in the Alberta Foothills

Scenic Hiking views from the Mount John Laurie area of Kananaskis Country in the Alberta Foothills

Scenic Hiking views from the Mount John Laurie area of Kananaskis Country in the Alberta Foothills

Scenic Hiking views from the Mount John Laurie area of Kananaskis Country in the Alberta Foothills

 

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