Heart Mountain - Canmore Bow Valley
Route up the North West ridge of Heart Mountain, Heart Creek is in
the valley to the right
Emily showing the way at the moderate rock step
Use of hands on some portions of the upper slopes
Made it! A cool day for Emily and Al but the java tasted good!
Heart Mountain Canmore Bow Valley
Scramble: Class 2 Steep Hiking, Some Use of Hands
Altitude: 2,135m (7,003 ft)
Elevation Gain: 875m (2,870 ft)
Ascent Time: 1 1/2 2 1/2 Hours
Best Season to Scramble: May to October
This scramble because of its easterly location escapes much of
the snowy weather that Banff and Lake Louise get. Although its right next to the
TransCanada highway and you can hear some road noise, the terrain covered to the summit is
varied and interesting.
Head west out of Calgary on the TransCanada highway # 1 to the
Lac Des Arc overpass (approx 71.7km from the Canada Olympic Park intersection to the Lac
Des Arc overpass). Take the overpass, cross over to the
south side of the highway then
follow it to the left up a short hill to the
Heart Creek parking lot. Washroom in the parking lot with trail
over to Heart Creek and mountain behind it. Take this trail for
approx 10 minutes to the start of the steep hike up the ridge of
From the east side of Heart
Creek take the steep ridge trail route up the Heart Mountain.
About two thirds of the way up you need to ascend a moderate step with a reddish orange
diamond in the rock wall marking the spot. See also photo for this scramble. There is also
some use of hands further up the slope. The general rule is keep to the left on the ridge
as you go up.
When you top out, most people stop here, have their snacks and enjoy
the view, however the true summit albeit only marginally higher is still another 20
minutes farther back along a ridge walk. There is also a semi-circle ridge traverse to the
east from the summit, which comes out approx. one km east of Heart Creek. Ive done
this but found it a bit of a plod.