Anybody wanna hike Mount Yamnuska hiker's ridge?

This popular hike is described in Daffern's "Kananaskis Trail Guide" vol 1, page 88.
The route to the ridge crest is 3.5 km, elevation 436 meters.

There are more trails beyond the ridge: 3 trails lead down the other side, into the beautiful CMC Valley, and further to Mount Wendell. A scramble trail leads up and over Yamnuska's big rock massif. I have been on each of those routes before. But this time, we won't be taking any of these: we're just going to the crest.

You will need lunch and water, traction (icers or spikes) and gators, and warm layers for winter conditions.

Our carpool location is the Southland LRT parking lot. However if you need to meet us in another location, send me a note and we'll see what we can arrange. Please don't RSVP with "guests" -- please everybody who wants to come should sign in themselves.
The carpool will leave at 8:00 am, and get to the trail head parking lot around 9:30 am.

I like to keep an easy, relaxed pace, and I'd rather enjoy the views than walk past them. If you like, you should bring your camera. But although snapshots are great, photographs take too much time for a group hike.

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  • Daniel C.

    Thanks, Tiffany, for the photos.

    December 22, 2013

  • Daniel C.

    We didn't go there. Instead we chose an alternate at Barrier Lake and Stoney Trail.

    The weather today was sunny and quite cold: maybe around -20. So the snow was nice and dry and powdery to walk in.

    For the Barrier Lake trails, I like to hike the Stoney Trail to Jewell Bay, then return on the lake-side short-cut. The short-cut began well: shallow crusty snow. In the forested area, we could not find the trail -- and I expected this. But we encountered a couple of ravines that we wanted to by-pass. Here the bush-whacking and deep snow got bad enough that we had to bypass the bypass. So instead of continuing, we escaped up-hill, back to the Stoney Trail. The rest of the hike was un-eventful.

    1 · December 22, 2013

  • Terry D.

    a great hike, I enjoyed the day, the views, the company.

    1 · December 22, 2013

    • Daniel C.

      Yes I loved the sunshine and the snow, and the views.
      But I'm sure it was colder than the forecast predicted.

      1 · December 22, 2013

  • Maksym

    excellent

    1 · December 22, 2013

    • Tiffany

      Not striking?

      December 22, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    can any body pick me up from an A NW LRT station please?! i live by the foothills hospital ...

    December 21, 2013

    • Terry D.

      I live in midnapore. Will be at southland station for 8 am

      December 21, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      it will be hard getting there on time today , i will have to cancel unfortunately, have a wonderful trip ¬

      December 22, 2013

  • Nancy

    I still don't have a pair of crampons so have to cancel this.
    So sorry for a short notice. Hope you guys have a great time.

    December 21, 2013

  • Daniel C.

    Carpool:
    Daniel can take 2 passengers -- that's 3
    Terry can take 2 passengers -- that's 6

    We need a ride for one more passenger.

    December 21, 2013

    • Terry D.

      I can take three.

      December 21, 2013

  • Terry D.

    Daniel I could drive. I can fit 3 people in my car.

    December 21, 2013

    • Maksym

      I need a ride

      December 21, 2013

    • Tiffany

      Would it be possible to get a ride with either Terry or Daniel then?

      December 21, 2013

  • Eric D.

    I live in canmore i would like to meet you at the trail head.Eric

    December 21, 2013

  • Tonia

    Sorry for backing out and a short notice, have a conflict with some personal stuff...

    December 20, 2013

    • Daniel C.

      No need to apologize, Tonia. You gotta do what you gotta do.

      Actually, thanks for letting us know early, so we know who's coming.

      December 20, 2013

  • Daniel C.

    The weather forecast for Mount Yamnuska on Sunday is:
    - sunny
    -5 degrees
    - light wind from the south-west.

    So the trail will be snow-covered, but dry.
    Should be good!

    1 · December 20, 2013

  • Daniel C.

    Hi Folks,
    It's Friday, and I'm looking at the roster of drivers ...

    ... just me ? ...

    Yikes! We need drivers this Sunday! If anyone can volunteer, everybody else would be really really happy to ride with you (and donate some gas money, too)!

    The drive to Yamnuska is all highway: #1, #1X, and #1A. No ice-roads, no snow-drifts.

    On the other hand, if your car isn't really suited to highway traffic, then of course you can leave it in the city.

    So here's hoping that somebody else can share the driving on Sunday!

    - Daniel

    December 20, 2013

  • Pavneet

    I twisted my ankle and I'm unable to bear weight on it. I'm sorry I won't be able to make it on this hike

    December 20, 2013

  • Peter

    Hey Daniel have to back out of the waitlist, some other personal stuff is now conflicting....looking forward though to getting out to the next outings in the New Year...thanx

    December 19, 2013

  • Nancy

    Hi Daniel,

    Just wondering what time will we be back to Calgary?
    Thanks,

    Nancy

    December 17, 2013

    • Daniel C.

      We usually get back to Calgary in time for dinner, but the truth is: we're never sure until we get back.

      So if you have an important schedule to keep on Sunday, you might consider adjusting your plans.

      1 · December 18, 2013

    • Nancy

      how long is the hike? what time is dinner time? I am meeting friends at 5, will I make it? thanks

      December 18, 2013

  • Flora

    Hey folks, I'm out, someone can fill up my spot. I just got a confirmation on a volunteering job for a Christmas camp. Have fun!

    December 18, 2013

  • Tonia

    Can drive and take 3

    December 16, 2013

    • Peter

      If I get on the trip, would appreciate riding along.... :)

      December 18, 2013

    • Daniel C.

      Don't panic! We'll finalize on Friday or Saturday.

      December 18, 2013

  • Pavneet

    Would it be okay if I meet at the trailhead? I live in NW, so that would work better for me. I can give ride to a couple of people if anyone wants to meet in NW

    December 17, 2013

    • Pavneet

      Of course :-)

      1 · December 17, 2013

    • Daniel C.

      The trail head is on Highway 1A (north from Bow Valley Provincial Park). I expect to get there about 9:30 am.

      1 · December 18, 2013

  • Daniel C.

    This hike has a waiting list. If you want to come but the hike is full, RSVP yes! Then if anybody drops out, you have a chance of coming after all.

    December 17, 2013

    • Maksym

      Hi, Daniel! I registered for the hike. Could you give me a ride? Thanks,

      December 18, 2013

    • Daniel C.

      Don't panic! We won't finalize any car-pool until Friday or maybe even Saturday.
      It all depends on who can drive for the rest of us.

      I can take 2 passengers. So we need more folks to drive. If you can drive, please let me know.
      Some folks who live in NW Calgary might like to meet somewhere like Assumption School, or Shouldice Park. So if you would like to pick up some passengers there, let us know right away.

      But like I say, don't panic! We can finalize any car-pool when we have drivers.

      December 18, 2013

  • Daniel C.

    We'll see mountains, but not any actual mountaineering.
    You won't need snowshoes, nor a mountain axe.
    You will need boots, spikes, and hiking poles. And sun-glasses.

    Dress in "layers". For example, I will be wearing thin under-shirt, work shirt, warm inner jacket, wind-proof outer jacket, wool scarf inner, and another wool scarf outer -- 6 layers on my upper body.
    My feet will have wool socks, boots, and gators -- 3 layers.
    My head will be protected by a wool toque and a hood -- two substantial layers.
    In my backpack I will include an extra light-weight sweater, dry socks, and mitts.

    You will need sturdy hiking boots, warm socks (wool is best, or two if they fit).

    We'll have lunch on the trail, so bring about the same amount of food you'd eat during any normal day. Energy snacks like fruit, cookies or nuts are great.
    Bring 1-2 litres of water. If you have any medication needs, please pack them safe and handy in your pack, too.

    December 17, 2013

  • Daniel C.

    Yaktraks:

    I've spoken to a couple of folks, with a view to Yamnuska's ridge hike. There are some challenging sections of ice along the way. It's rough enough that your YakTracks might not work very well, and might even fall apart.

    So I recommend MicroSpikes instead. Go to MEC, Camper's Village, Canadian Tire, or any other outdoor recreation supplier, and look for the more durable traction devices, think about buying that. Once you try the better devices, you'll love them. They work well on icy, rocky trails. And when the going gets rough, the newer spikes keep going.

    I myself have "Icers" which are even more aggressive and solid.

    December 17, 2013

  • Pavneet

    Would we need mountaineering axe for this trip?

    December 17, 2013

  • Flora

    Will yaktrax suffice for this one?

    December 16, 2013

    • Daniel C.

      Folks tell me that Yaktrax are great in the city, but they are not rugged enough for trail. I don't care if they break but you will need the footing on the steeper, icy sectios. I don't know from my own experience.

      I recommend that you look at the stabilicers at MEC, or something at Campers Village.

      Does anybody have trail experience with Yaktrax? Are they good enough for trail use, or not?

      December 16, 2013

    • Pavneet

      I had someone do the entire Yamnuska traverse with me 3 weeks ago in yaktrax. Although I would prefer my microspikes!

      December 16, 2013

  • Tiffany

    Are traction devices like Microspikes sufficient? Or will we also need snowshoes? Thanks!

    December 16, 2013

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