-Peering down from the top of Yamnuska-
One of the first prominent mountains you’ll see on the north side of the highway when driving towards Canmore and Banff is this one. I’m happy to report the Yamnuska trail is in excellent condition, accessible from the 1A and 1X, and gnarly as ever.
The recent flooding has pretty much shut down K-country, so being one of the only trails which is open, Yamnuska was busy today. The parking lot was full by 9:15 a.m, and another 60 vehicles were lined up on the access road when we drove out at 3 pm.
This trail is not for the faint of heart, as you have to scramble in a few sketchy spots including pulling yourself along with the help of a chain on a very narrow ledge(See video) . There is a visible trail for most of the way; that is, if you can find it. If you don’t go with someone who knows the way, you’ll be guessing in a few spots.
The trip back down is a real treat for those of us with worn-out knees. About 300 metres of the descent is in thick, loose scree and a very pleasant change from the usual hard-packed trail.
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