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Page Type: Mountain/Rock

Location: Alberta, Canada, North America

Lat/Lon: 51.12206°N / 115.11887°W

Object Title: Yamnuska

Elevation: 7349 ft / 2240 m


Page By: William Marler

Created/Edited: Aug 21, 2001 / Feb 25, 2009

Object ID: 150501

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Yamnuska from Heart Mountain
Yamnuska or (Mt. Laurie). An impressive rock wall at the entrance to the foothills. A mecca for rock climbers. There are dozens of rock climbing routes on the entire face and a trail to walk around up and behind for those not inclined.

Getting There

Back side of Yamnuska
Back side of Yamnuska in May 2006
From Calgary take the Trans-Canada Highway. Take the Seebe exit and head west on 1X till you meet the 1A. Turn right, then after about 1.5 kms. The take a dirt road on your left. There is a large parking lot and a newly built (but very smelly) washroom. Follow the trail marker past the quarry up the scree slope to the base to the wall itself. Then pick your route. The mountain is sacred to the local Indians and is a power place. It is hard not to pick up on this when in this area. There is something in the air when camping in the vacinity.

Red Tape

West-End of Yamnuska
West end of Yamnuska in June 2007
No permits.
No camping allowed.

New Book Out

Yamnuska Traverse
Yamnuska in early May 2006.
The Yam
50 Years of Climbing on Yamnuska
by Chic scott, Dave Dornian and Ben Gadd
from Rocky Mountain Books
ISBN 0-9211102-97-6

Just out look for it. It is an excellent read with great images from yesterday till today. It is not at Amazon as of 07/04/03 but I will add the link when it becomes available.

When To Climb

October cloud hanging over...
Ghost from Yamnuska, credit, Dow Williams
All season but summer and fall would be the most popular.

Camping near the mountain

Yamnuska in Fall
Yamnuska, in fall 2007.
Camping is not permitted beneath the mountain anymore
Author: nuucha
Date: Jan 30, 2004 3:51 PM
Effective year 2002 camping is not permitted at the former Yamnuska campsite (beside the parking lot).

Suggested alternative the Alpine Club of Canada hostel in Canmore

Mountain Conditions

Summit view - Yamnuska
From the summit in June 2007.
Alberta Tourist Visitors Centre 403 678-5277
Barrier Lake Visitor Centre 403-673-3985

Climbing Routes

The climbing sections of...
From the summit in June 2007.
Red Shirt 5.8+
CMC Wall
Easy Street 5.6
Forbidden Corner 5.9
Kahn Wall
Pumkin 5.7
Belfry 5.8
Grey Goose 5.8
Directissima 5.8+

Info from Geoff Ruttan
There are numerous routes on Yamnuska. Ranging from 5 pitch 5.5's to 8 pitch, scary 11c's. A new guidebook titled 'Bow Valley Rock', is available and gives excellent route information. Highly recommendables are; Grillmairs, Easy Street, Forbidden Corner, Kahl Wall, Dreambed, CMC Wall and Necromancer. Lots of routes to choose.

There is a newer duplicate page for "Hard climbers" created by Dow Williams called Yamnuska Rock

The Alpine Club of Canada

Break in the weather
From the summit ridge in June 2006.
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.


Staying at the club in Canmore is 21$ Canadian for members and 27$ for non-members. It can get quite crowded in the summer so a reservation is recommended.

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See above.
Posted Sep 19, 2007 3:00 am
William MarlerRe: Coordinates?

William Marler

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By default the wrong coordinates are placed by SP. I have trouble finding this info for Canadian Peaks.
Posted Sep 19, 2007 7:12 pm


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According to 2 rangers i came across at 9pm as i was hiking in to camp and climb the next day, camping is permitted anywhere as long as it's over 1km from a road. This was in Aug 2014
Posted Jan 23, 2015 7:04 pm
William MarlerCamping

William Marler

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Thanks for the update. That's good to hear. I was going by the no camping sign in the parking. Thanks again.
Posted Jan 23, 2015 7:26 pm

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