OverviewYamnuska, the back of Heart Mountain in the distance. During the Second World War there was a prison camp nearby and prisoners were allowed to climb this peak as a day trip if they promised to return.
Elevation gain from the road 800 metres
From Canmore head south on the Trans Canada Highway for about 15-20 minutes to the exit for the Kananaskis trail, Highway 40. Head south for approx 13 km.
After the Barrier Lake Picnic area (at the south end of the lake) start looking on your left for a small stream. Once you see it you can pull off the road on the left into a small area big enough for 4-5 cars or carry on 50 yards and park off the road in a larger area to your right.
Note: When driving if you see a running brook with a wishing well called something like Shawnessy falls you have gone too far south and must backtrack 1000 yards. You will see the small stream on your right. Barrier lake will be on your left. I mention this as the guidebook "Scrambles in the Canadian Rockies" mentions the trail starts on the left 1.6km from the picnic area. My rental car had a digital odometer so I kept missing the stream. If you are lucky there will be others on the route and their cars will point you in the right direction.
When To Climb
Book: SCRAMBLES IN THE CANADIAN ROCKIES
Author: Alan Kane
For Mount Baldy - see pages: 87 and 88
Spray Lakes West Shore Campground has 50 sites (403) 591-7226
There is also the Alpine Club of Canada lodge with rooms and excellent facilities of 21$ CDN a night for members. The Alpine Club of Canada (403) 678-3200, ext 1
Mountain ConditionsTrail reports for Kananaskis
Barrier Lake Information Centre
Phone (403) 673-3985 (toll free in Alberta 310-0000)
Spray Lake Ranger Station. (403) 678-5533
Alberta Tourist Visitor Centre (403) 678-5277
Joining a club such as The Alpine Club of Canada is recommended when climbing in Canada. While it is not obligatory, useful information can be had at any of their Clubhouse in Canmore, or at their website which is open to everyone.
The Alpine Club of Canada (403) 678-3200, ext 1
weather office or (403) 762-2088 for weather conditions