The series of three lakes are situated west of Banff and are fed by the Bow River in the Canadian Rockies. Read farther in the Parks Canada route description and you’ll see that they attempt to convey the seriousness of this hike/scramble. There’s at least 40 more minutes before sunrise time. It’s also a classic scramble that normally sees a ton of people on a summer day. Mt Rundle is the best peak scramble in the Banff area and offers great views of Banff, Canmore and Kananaskis Country. This one is significantly higher than the previous summits and offered some wider views especially towards the main peak. Trail Map (PDF) Mt. Super windy but amazing! rock from hikers above. Scrambling up towards more cliffy terrain. ( Log Out / People often get off-route on their descent and then try descending through increasingly cliffy terrain - this has led to several fatal accidents over the years. ( Log Out / While Mount Rundle is considered an easy scramble, all mountains pose hazards. Once you pass tree line you'll arrive at a large ascending meadow The first difficulty would be between Peak II and III, where we had to do some exposed moves on the ridge proper. And once committing to this move, we would immediately face loose scree covered ledges. Unfortunately space November 6, 2020. Description: Route Description for Mount Sparrowhawk Mount Sparrowhawk is a difficult hike or easy scramble to one of the highest summits in the immediate area. is limited at the summit and often crowded. Good thing we didn’t need to climb up it. Summit Panorama. At many places we also had to down-climb one at a time since it was practically impossible not knocking down a ton of rocks to each other. Mike just about to commit to the first crux move. Rundle is the most photographed mountain in the Canadian Rockies and it's easy to understand why. Mount Rundle is located across the road directly west of the canal. Above 2nd crux there were two (rusted) pitons and a rap sling, and above 1st crux there was a sling and a big rock. This brochure provides detailed route information and important safety tips, and helps develop skills that can also be used on other climbs in the Rockies. Over a distance of 6.5 km you will gain almost 900 m in elevation. We patiently waited for about half an hour before the coldness forced us to start the traverse. Keep Rundle, the prominent wedge-shaped peak immediately south of the town of Banff, is one of the most popular climbs in the Canadian Rockies. And, there’re still many, many rock bands like this to block our way out. I'll remember this day for the rest of my life. staying left of the exposed cliff edge. Park at the south end of Whiteman's Pond dam, the canal just above located below the talus slopes leading to the summit. About Mount Rundle Mt. Rundle’s close proximity to the town site and the relatively easy route it offers to the top often make this the first “real” climb for many visitors. This one is as technically challenging as the 1st crux, but the rocks were not as loose. Like Mount Athabasca which I did a couple days ago, Mount Rundle is another mountain that I probably don’t need to introduce. Mount Assiniboine is peeking out on the SW horizon and you'll be looking down at Ha Ling peak. He took a slightly different line than mine. Looking towards Peak VII, the main summit. One month ago, I ascended the true summit of Sulphur Mountain, hoping to see a scramble route up this main peak from its west slope, but I couldn’t. One of our goals during this trip was to s At the EEOR near Canmore there is a well-known scramble, the Goat Creek hiking trail, with its starting point at parking trailhead, which starts at the Smith-Dorrien/Spray Trail just south of the Canmore Reservoir above Grassi Lakes. Goat Creek day use area to locate the trail. After climbing a series of switchback and crossing a major gully, the trail ascends the Dragon's Back almost directly below the summit. Overall the scrambling went well until the first technical crux of our ascent, a short vertical cliff band that had no obvious break to go up. On my previous EEOR’s ascent I picked the direct line through a minor cliff band, but this time we aimed towards climber’s right towards the ridge line and followed it up. Mount Rundle is a great shoulder season hike. We were tired but not exhausted. Head up the Spray Lakes gravel road past the Nordic centre, approximately 5.8km's On clear days you can even make out Mount Assiniboine in the distance. Mt Rundle is not a good place for a first scramble. NTS Map: 082O04Summit: 2540mElevation Gain: 993 m (3,255 ft) to cliff band on first peak. You can see the long ridge of Sulphur Mountain. This one was another vertical wall, but only with water flowing down it… Thankfully the rocks here are limestone. On September 6, WM was hiking near Banff and headed up the side of Mount Rundle. The East End of Rundle hike is a popular day hike with Canmore and Banff locals. Panorama looking over Sulphur Mountain towards Massive and Sawback Ranges, Panorama of northwest side. ( Log Out / But for some reasons we decided to side-hill on its west side to bypass it. Trailhead: To beat the forecasted heat Mike and I started our day at about 3:30 am. Sawback Range. Mount Rundle is an icon of Banff National Park and dominates the sky over both Banff and Canmore. Vermilion Lakes reflect the iconic Mount Rundle that looms over the town of Banff. Despite the fact it looked to be short, I knew exactly how far we had to descend since I’d done the west end. Rundle is a strenuous hike with substantial elevation gain and some route hazards. Mount Rundle is located across the road directly There was a brief snow line and I took advantage of it, but that’s it. 1579 m ( 5,170 ft) to summit.Although this is classified as an easy, non-technical climb or scramble it is a steep and strenuous hike to the 8495 foot summit of Mt. After clearing both cruxes our difficult scrambling hadn’t done yet. Only a rusted kipper snack tin on top as a register container. During which we did get very good views. After eternity we made back to the trees and took a longer break there. http://science.nationalgeographic.com/wallpaper/science/photos/carboniferous-period/mount-rundle/, Hi, Jerry (Yaro) Skvaril and I did this route in Sept. 19, 1999 in 12 hours (7.5 hrs up), possibly being a bit luckier on route-finding. And one year later, I solo ascended the east end, which is also covered in Kane’s book. The descending down the main peak was simply retracing our steps, but like I mentioned earlier, it required extreme caution on scree covered down-sloping terrain. Elevation gain of the climb: 1,577 metres (5,175 feet.) Park at the south end of Whiteman's Pond dam, the canal just above This worked very well and we soon made to the drainage and started following it up. The big drainage eventually brought up back to the summit ridge at just a few steps before the summit cairn. Mike on a difficult step between Peak II and III. Click to view large size. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is best used from June until October. A fall on Saturday also claimed the life of a 30-year-old Calgary woman who was hiking on the east end of Mount Rundle near Canmore. What we did find was two rap stations just above both cruxes. Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. While Mount Rundle is considered an easy scramble, all mountains pose hazards. This route has a good approach trail and then gains low angle slabs and loose scree slopes to reach the summit. It was fine initially but once around a corner, the side-hilling became very tedious. Now it was a hike down from this summit, up and over another bump before finally reaching the base of our objective, the main summit, Peak VII. There is the option to bypass the crux but considerable more effort is required as you have to descend and then slog up loose rock, but there is zero exposure. Mike kept traversing right for a bit and found easier terrain, but still difficult scrambling to get down the summit castle of Peak VI. There’s a chance that we didn’t find the easiest line up but unlikely. Mike ascending a difficult bit to break through one of the many minor cliff bands. The last short section to the summit is exposed and falling rock from hikers above can be a hazard. The terrain was very steep around here and one slip would send us entirely down this section. There were multiple trails near the start that created a bit of confusion, but they eventually all merged together. East End of Rundle Route (EEOR) Scramble Map Panorama view from Peak III. working your way up and over a few short rock ledges always staying left of the I found a break and down-climbed it which involved quite a few long reaches on questionable rocks. Thanks for your web-site! Sawback Range . We didn’t find this section being too difficult going up, but as most of you know, this type of terrain would require extreme caution on the way back. west of the canal. By now the sun had already hit us, and we were very glad to have the most significant elevation gain knocked off in dark, as we knew it was gonna be a hot day. The true summit (peak VII) is usually done as part of the Mount Rundle traverse (Alpine III, 5.5). Then it covers scree and rocks to the summit. Mt. If you’ve been looking for a rewarding journey in the Canadian Rockies, look no further than the East End of Rundle Hike. Views from the summit The Goat Creek Trail got washed out at places, Back to the lovely, but very busy parking lot…. The trees blocked most of our views but also blocked the sun. It wasn’t on my to-do list until last week when a (relatively) detailed recent condition update showed up, indicating the main summit of Rundle can be scrambled via a large drainage system that’s just to the left of the direct ridge line (from EEOR side). I do recommend this scramble because of the fun ridge scrambling but don’t recommend walking the whole way and I also wouldn’t do it on a really hot day, that valley would be scorching hot and would get old fast. Once you reach the base of the summits cliff face, turn We used a rope for a short bit around a chockstone in the final chimney but on return just scrambled down it. Panorama from summit of East End of Rundle. Short raps would certainly simplify our business but since we didn’t bring a rope up, we would be down-climbing both walls. Mt. You'll appreciate an early start to The true summit, marginally higher than this west peak, lies further south/east, is a technical climb that's usually done as part of Mount Rundle Canmore to Banff traverse. This was a bit out of my league given my limited experience on technical terrain. Mt. Scramble. Every person who has visited the Canadian Rockies should have a dozen photos of it. If on quartz, we would have no way making up this step. However, we didn’t need to backtrack since there was a very loose gully on skier’s left side and once we descended it we found easier terrain on the left side and gained the summit of Peak V quickly. A 30-year-old Calgary woman was killed Saturday while hiking on the East End of Mount Rundle near Canmore, Alta. Steep trails, rock scrambles, and high winds – sounds like a perfect hike, right? from Canmore. the Goat Creek day use area parking lot. The terrain ahead didn’t look very scrambler friendly but since we had the information saying it being a scramble, we just kept marching up. There are technical climbing routes up the visible face, but the safest and easiest route is hidden from view far around on the west side of the mountain. I have never actually met anyone who really did but ran into plenty of folks who thought they knew someone who did. There was a short bit of hands-on scrambling but very brief, and we soon found ourselves on the top (EEOR, Peak I). Rock climbers have created numerous trail braids from topping out on several On the way back we did search quite thoroughly on both sides looking for easier terrain down both cruxes but couldn’t find any. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. This scenic scramble has stunning views of the surrounding peaks from the summit. Mt. What was waiting for us was, one rock band after another. Although this is not the true summit of Mount Rundle (a 2958-metre peak about three kilometres to the southeast on the park boundary bears that distinction), the 2949-metre main peak is the most visible one from the town of Banff and consequently is a popular objective for hikers and climbers. Eventually after 13 hours we made back. Mount Rundle is one of the most popular scrambles in the area, and is relatively straightforward for experienced hikers. GPX DL. We aimed for the least steep area and even so, it was still very awkward. At one place Mike bailed the ridge line towards right (east) side and found easier terrain. Mike on the typical typical terrain. Looking down from above this section. Can you spot Mike ready to descent the terrain just above first crux?? Loose rubble on down-sloping ledges. By now we’d already cleared the most difficult bits on our way up, but the terrain ahead was still difficult scrambling. I’m not gonna give a rating or anything like that, but combing the initial technical moves, the looseness, and the fact you have to down-climb this, to say the least, it’s a climber’s scramble. EEOR is an easy scramble, the traverse involves some difficult and exposed downclimbing, and the main summit is a challenging climber's scramble / free-solo that shouldn't be underestimated. Kris Thorsteinsson ridge cliffs. Climbing to the summit of Mt. Now we had to slog all of the way back, on this wide trail though. Cross the road towards two power poles situated above the Goat Creek day use area to locate the trail. I did it with my dad so we did it in 4h but if you're fast hiker it's 2h30 can be good perhaps even 2h we did October 5th. I tried three different lines and eventually made the commitment to the rightmost of them. 9838′ short section to the summit is exposed and falling rock from hikers above can be East End Of Rundle is considered a scramble, classified as a class 3-4. Easy scramble up one of the peaks surrounding Canmore. Same as above. It wasn’t on my to-do list until last week when a (relatively) detailed recent condition update showed up, indicating the main summit of Rundle can be scrambled via a large drainage system that’s just to the left of the direct ridge line (from EEOR side). Click to view large size. Cascade Mountain Scrambler's Guide Cascade Mountain is the spectacular peak seen to the northeast from the main street of Banff. At the imposing cliff bands we were forced to traverse climber’s left looking for weaknesses. from Canmore. Rundle Peaks. Post Summary: A step by step guide to Canada’s East End of Rundle Hike, outside of Canmore, Alberta. None of them was probamatic but there were just simply too many of them, and each of them would require difficult moves on very loose rocks and thus, mental concentration. Show more. George Palmer reviewed Heart Mountain Horseshoe Trail. Rundle. This did save us both distance and elevation gain, but the terrain wasn’t very pleasant. Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. Well, we didn’t make any commitment to try other routes so we couldn’t tell. Rundle’s close proximity to the townsite and the relatively easy route it offers to the top often make this the first “real” climb for many visitors. Summit: 2,949 metres (9,675 feet.) We woke up that morning finally deciding to tackle Rundle, as the weather had been an issue before. In August 2011, I went up the west end which is the “Mount Rundle” in Alan Kane’s scramble book. Benjamin Mercier reviewed Mount Rundle Summit Trail. I took more photos on the way back. An excellent conditioning hike. The East End of Mount Rundle is also commonly referred to as EEOR. An approx. The Mount Baldy scramble is an easy scramble with a moderate crux. The driest time of the summer and the best time to climb this route is July through to the first week in September. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Locate the trailhead directly across the road next to two power poles. The Mount Rundle Traverse: an unpublished and often gossiped about objective, but who has really done it? At this point what we could do was just sucking it up and finishing it, and once we regained the ridge proper, we hiked up towards Peak V. There’re many interesting sub-peaks like this, Panorama view from near the summit of Peak V. The elevation loss between Peak V and VI was quite significant and frustrating but at least, it was mostly hiking. Eventually we would traverse all the way to the drainage, but we started gaining elevation as soon as we could find a break through the short cliff bands, one after another. Descend the same way you came. Once we regained the main trail, it was hard to get lost. The scrambling section was short and we soon found ourselves slogging on scree towards Peak III. With the previous day's adventures in Yoho under our belt, we felt confident to make the ascent up this peak. Average round-trip time: 7 to 8 hours. EEOR (pronounced “Eeyore”) is a short, but very steep slog up the eastern ridge of Mount Rundle, a huge mountain separating the 12km between the Town of Banff and Canmore.Mt. Rundle (true summit) scramble route. Mount Rundle Summit Trail is a 9.4 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Banff, Alberta, Canada that features a river and is rated as difficult. a hazard. Rundle Peaks . right and follow the rock ledges for another 50ms or so to the summit. At a reasonable pace, we gained elevation quickly. July 20, 2013 / 6 min minute read I've read that Mt. Drive Products - Mount Rundle Scramble August 6th 2011 Scramblers AS, PM, SG, RD, WD No mistake allowed here. photogenic Mountain Goats here. Near the top the terrain became scree covered down-sloping ledges and slabs. He climbed up an old streambed and eventually got to the point where he then climbed up difficult terrain that he could not climb down and he could go no further upwards. Terrain just above the first crux is still very steep, and loose. Rundle is one of the most recognizable mountains in Banff. are outstanding. Photographers seek out the lakes during golden hour as they provide a sublime landscape and opportunity to spot wildlife close to town. The trail begins across the Spray Lakes road from the Mount Sparrowhawk parking lot. The last This relatively easy scramble offers great views of the Bow Valley corridor and views further south along the canal. After a short dip we were looking at the even longer slog to Peak IV, where a weather station tower was built on its top. However… the Goat Creek day use area parking lot. Make sure you click this photo to view a full sized. We managed to down-climb into it, but failed to upclimb the other side. Terrain gets easier once through the second crux. The scrambly part could be bypassed by staying left (west) of the entire summit castle. The drainage gets bushy at places, but briefly. More like a perfect challenge. Keep an eye out for Following the big drainage down wasn’t easy on our knees as it was mostly rubble. http://www.dogsonpeaks.com. Cross the road towards two power poles situated above the I chose to scramble directly up over a difficult step, followed by balancing over a (somehow) exposed corner slab. Both ends are classics, but none of them is the true summit of this mountain. The views were fantastic from this lofty peak, and we took our time soaking in them, before committing to our descent. a few short narrow exposed sections located just below the summit. The rock on this main peak was also very loose, and combing with the terrain it really reminded me Portal Peak which I did one week ago. Mount Rundle is a long but pleasant, easy scramble. It was the first mountain I scrambled up. Length of trip: 11 kilometres round-trip. However, most people "lie" by climbing… By the time we eventually dropped all the way to Goat Creek Trail, we were actually below our starting elevation. August 28, 2011 2949m Banff, AB Note that this classic Banff scramble doesn't go to the true summit of Mount Rundle. Although I had done the Mount Lougheed Traverse (a more majestic alpine rock outing in my opinion), the Mount Rundle traverse had escaped my focus all these years. Change ), http://science.nationalgeographic.com/wallpaper/science/photos/carboniferous-period/mount-rundle/. Follow the trail as it steeply climbs the south east ridge of Mount Rundle Mount Rundle brought me to life, but as my first summit it nearly killed me. This route description is aimed at strong hikers and The EEOR summit is 2,545m (8,350 ft) in elevation and is an easy scramble with 875m (2,870 ft) of elevation gain. The weather was gonna be gorgeous again on Sunday, and we were looking at a shorter ascent. This 1,600m half-cliff, half-mountain ignited a lifelong passion for mountaineering in a girl from a flat land. located straight ahead of you. Head up the Spray Lakes gravel road past the Nordic centre, approximately 5.8km's Descending from the summit of Peak VI was the first technically challenging bit of our day. Mike finding a break through one of the many short cliff bands on the upper part. are crowded, wait for others to pass before continuing on. Click to view large size. Traversing climber’s left to avoid the first imposing cliff band. Ha Ling Peak (Chinaman's peak) being 183 meters shorter does not offer this opportunity. I think the bump between Peak VI and VII qualifies a separate peak (especially if considering Peak I and Peak II as separated), so the true summit should be Peak VIII, but oh well, I’ll just stick with my reference. Note that the peak numbers I’m using are based on Dow Williams‘ trip report. I didn’t remember when we eventually clear the last rock band, but apparently it took us quite a while to get back to easy terrain. Alberta, Canadian Rockies, Mount Rundle. Rundle. ( Log Out / Looking up from just below the second crux. And once through the 1st crux and the loose and steep terrain just above the 1st crux, we hadn’t done the difficulties yet. We managed to stay on the ridge crest until the terrain forced us to descend towards skier’s right (east) side. west of the canal. Scramble ... Mount Fullerton Route Map. This well marked, fun hike that has a bit of everything, from easy forest walking, to steep slabs, minor hands on scrambling, and a scree slope to the summit. Slogging up Peak VI went easy until near the top the terrain became scrambly and we were soon looking at a quite nasty notch. Its north face consists of a long 500 meter cliff overlooking Canmore. The trail starts at Bow and runs by a golf course before gently climbing through the forest. Rundle is one of the most popular scrambles near Banff. avoid the crowds. Rundle is certainly a “bucket-list hike.” Its form, shaped like a cresting wave, saturates social media adventure feeds. Description: East End Of Rundle is considered a scramble, classified as a class 3-4. The west end of this peak system with 18 summit points has a very striking slope that is often photographed from Vermilion lakes outside Banff, Alberta. The terrain got easier briefly but the 2nd crux would come soon. EEOR has many published routes of varying difficulty besides the common scramble. EEOR is the unofficial name of the east end of the 15km Mount Rundle massif. It had eluded me for many years. The familiar peaks including Ha Ling and Three Sisters. WM used his cellphone to call for help. If the ledges Descending from Peak VI requires difficult down-climbing. Hiking Rocky Scramble. Mike down-climbing a difficult section near the summit of Peak VI, Finally we could focus on the last bit of this traverse. It is often under-estimated, and there are tricky sections on this for new scramblers. GPX DL. On a clear day, the panoramic view is limited more by the curvature of the earth than other peaks! Mount Rundle is located across the road directly Down-climbing the last bit to leave the upper gully behind. This is also the beginning of the Mount Rundle Traverse, a demanding trek to mount all of Rundle's peaks from Goat Creek parking lot to the Banff Springs Hotel. 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