Distance 10.8 km loop, height gain 830 m, strenuous
A complete circuit of Yamnuska. Starts by climbing up to the ridge at Yamnuska's east end then drops down to CMC Valley, a quiet cul-de-sac at the back of Yam. Near the head of CMC Valley the trail makes its way to Goat/Yam Col where, on the left, the Yam rises in a mess of rubble and slabs. The steep descent back to the parking lot is shared by climbers and scramblers.
Start: Hwy. 1A (Bow Valley Trail). 2.1 km east of 1X Highway turn left (north) onto the quarry road. Keep straight, then turn left into a parking lot.
Difficulty: This hike requires routefinding, easy scrambling and familiarity with steep scree slopes. Rock fall is a potential hazard.
A tempting, but bad scree run has developed on the descent from Goat/Yam Col. This pic by Alberta Parks shows the correct route off west end of Yam
The traverse of Yamnuska, a scramble recently made safer by means of a bolted chain on the exposed traverse, is described in Kane's Scrambles in the Canadian Rockies.
- The Goat/Yam Col showing the scramblers descent trail.
Please refer to the trail description in the guidebook, especially for unofficial, off-trail hikes.
Kananaskis Country Trail Guide Volume 3 Trail #25D
Trailhead: Yamnuska 51.12076N, -115.08329W
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Last updated Jun 23, 2018