Mount Rundle (west end) Climber's Log

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katelyngeselle - Aug 25, 2023 4:08 pm Date Climbed: Aug 16, 2023

Smoky day to climb my family mountain   Sucess!

Mount Rundle is named after a distant relative, so I had to climb it while we were in the area! It was so smoky that it was almost disorienting at times. Despite not being able to see the views, we had a really good long day. It took us about ten hours round trip. I feel like everyone really undersold the difficulty of this peak. For experienced mountaineers it's really no big deal, but the visitor center and Internet made it seem like a cakewalk. We saw a couple groups turn back when it started to get less traily and more shaley. Just be prepared for a real peak. Fun hike!


boisedoc - Aug 31, 2015 11:09 pm Date Climbed: Aug 27, 2015

smoky  Sucess!

This is quite a grind of a hike. Minimal scrambling but some loose rock to deal with. The dragon back feature is interesting. Unfortunatley, most of the views were obscured by smoke.


icypeak - Jun 14, 2015 8:35 pm Date Climbed: Jun 13, 2015

Route Climbed: Northwest side from the golf course   Sucess!

Nice climb with a short approach. Got extremely windy near the top, but the views were magnificent!!


mdou - Dec 15, 2014 4:53 pm Date Climbed: Jun 1, 2007

Such a beauty  Sucess!

Superb scramble. It was drizzling on top, making it very slippery. With frozen hands and strong wind pushing me around, it was scary to stand close to that cliff, but the view was worth it! What a plunge!


jbsantos - Nov 13, 2010 12:18 pm Date Climbed: Jul 29, 2010

Too much time in the trees  Sucess!

Too much of this scramble takes place in the trees, and I forgot to bring insect repellent, which led to over 20 mosquito bites from the trip.

That said, it's quite nice once you get past tree line. Ran into a party of three youngsters who were having some difficulties going down the narrowest section of the Dragon's Back. (It's not that narrow, but I think this was their first time)

Didn't spend too much time on the summit. It looked like rain would be coming in, and those slabs can get really slippery when wet.

Brad F

Brad F - Sep 7, 2010 11:39 am Date Climbed: Sep 2, 2010

Scramble Route  Sucess!

Beautiful sunny day! Perfect day for a hike. No clouds in sight. Nice view of Mount Assiniboine from the summit. It was very windy up top. Been wanting to get up Rundle for a long time.

Steve Larson

Steve Larson - Aug 11, 2010 11:30 am Date Climbed: Aug 7, 2010

Normal route  Sucess!

More of a hike than a scramble. Weather threatened most of the day, but never did anything more than blow up high. Huge difference in effective temperature between parking lot and summit!

lingejambon - Apr 17, 2009 11:17 pm Date Climbed: Aug 7, 2007

Standard Route  Sucess!

First rockies scramble if it even qualifies. One of the hottest days during the summer.


MtnMagic - Oct 14, 2007 1:25 pm

Scramble  Sucess!

My first true Rockies scramble. Loved it despite the amount of loose scree on the upper mountain.


Luciano136 - Jul 10, 2007 2:42 pm Date Climbed: Jul 4, 2007

Normal route  Sucess!

This was supposed to be my warm-up hike for bigger scrambles in the coming days. Being weak from a nasty cold, it was tougher than expected. Technically not difficult but the sun and the steep slippery slope made for a rough day; it is still 5k+ of gain in about 3.5mi. Going off-route or slipping in the wrong spot could have serious consequences. Other than that, great day with clear views!

Linda Breton

Linda Breton - Oct 11, 2006 5:32 pm Date Climbed: Jun 30, 2003

Scramble Route  Sucess!

On Rundle, I was torched by the sun and it darn near destroyed one of my knees. Mostly just a steep, long hike up rubble. The scree at the top is deep and excellent for skiing down.


Gahugafuga - Jul 16, 2006 12:28 am Date Climbed: Jul 7, 2006

Can't Beat Limestone  Sucess!

Blitzed up the Dragon's Back on a windy day. The scree was terrible, but scrambling up the cliffs beneath the summit block actually provided better climbing. My first Canadian peak, made super easy by Colorado legs and lungs.


couchclimber - Jun 18, 2006 4:40 am Date Climbed: Jun 17, 2006

normal scramble  Sucess!

The trail in the forest was nice and well defined. Got steeper on "dragons back" and then it was slabs with loose rubble over it. The last stretch to summit consist of backsliding scree which took me almost an hour to get up(10 mins to get down though). Technically it was very easy but it was a long day for me. It was a bit cloudy so we couldn't see very far in all directions but decent view from above.


Alpine72 - Feb 8, 2006 12:46 pm

Route Climbed: Hogs back Date Climbed: summer o4  Sucess!

Easy although long hot route to summit.

Pawel Krol

Pawel Krol - Mar 3, 2005 12:53 pm

Route Climbed: Alpine (not rated) Date Climbed: 1995  Sucess!

Scary stuff - off route


nader - Dec 29, 2001 6:46 pm

Route Climbed: Standard Route Date Climbed: June 23, 1999

My climb on Mt. Rundle was quite circumstantial. I had originally intended to hike to the Cascade Amphitheater, however, a sign was posted saying that a momma Grizzly with 2 cubs had been spotted demonstrating protective behavior. Quick mental scrambling to save the day brought me to Mt. Rundle. It was just around noon before I made it to the trailhead. I managed to get above the treeline...around 2400 meters or so...however, it was getting late and the wind was wicked so I turned around.

William Marler

William Marler - Apr 29, 2001 11:59 am

Route Climbed: Northwest side from the golf course Date Climbed: 05/11/00  Sucess!

Very windy at the summit had to hunker down behind the rock wall near the summit. You could be blown off if not careful. Excellent switch back trail. Great for conditioning and mountain training.

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