Canmore Scrambling

Region in Alberta, Canada

We have combined both of our Kananaskis Regions together to share the 10 Best scrambles in the Kananaskis. These trails cover scrambles along Highway 40 and the Smith-Dorrien, as well as around Kananaskis Lakes.

#1 Mist Mountain (11 km, 1,245 m, 5 - 8 h): Scrambling Mist Mountain takes you up the largest peak in the immediate area, which is a sure-fire guarantee for an awesome summit view! Not only that, but the scramble route is a scenic and pleasant approach that can’t be beat.

#2 Mount Sparrowhawk (9.1 km, 1,285 m, 5 - 7 h): Scrambling up Mount Sparrowhawk is the perfect scramble for those new to scrambling or families with older children. It is not too technical, but provides an unbeatable view of the vast Spray Lakes reservoir.

#3 Mount Lougheed (13.1 km, 1,365 m, 5 - 7 h): Mount Lougheed, a peak so huge and prominent that it even has its own sign and small viewing area on the trans-Canada highway, offers one of the most scenic approaches and best summit panoramas in Kananaskis! The face visible from the highway, however, is not a scramble, so don’t be put off - an easy scramble route does exist on the other side.

#4 The Fortress (18 km, 1,104, 7 - 10 h): The Fortress is aptly named for its ominous appearance from Highway 40, however a scramble to the summit can be fairly easily achieved via two ascent routes. The scramble to the top of the Fortress is not only fun, but also provides a stunning view!

#5 Mount Indefatigable (7.1 km, 943 m, 5 - 7 h): The scramble up the South Peak of Mount Indefatigable is on the more challenging side of scrambles, however the views of Upper Kananaskis Lake from the summit are unparalleled!

#6 Snow Peak (19.1 km, 868 m, 6 - 9 h): Scrambling Snow Peak brings you rising over scenic Burstall Pass. Snow Peak can be an easy or difficult scramble depending on the time of year, but since it straddles the continental divide there are spectacular views of massive peaks in BC.

#7 Smutwood Peak (17.9 km, 782 m, 7 - 9 h): Scrambling Smutwood Peak offers spectacular views of the two jagged mountains from which it derives its name: Mount Smuts and Birdwood. A lively mountain creek, waterfalls, and deep blue alpine lakes guarantee a wonderful scramble.

#8 Grotto Mountain (11.2 km, 1,352 m, 7 - 10 h): Scrambling up Grotto Mountain offers a commanding aerial view of Canmore and the Bow Valley. Often thought of as a quick scramble, the route is a bit more technical than meets the eye, making a scramble up Grotto Mountain really fun!

#9 Mount Howard (20.1 km, 1,052 m, 7 - 10h): The views from the summit of Mount Howard are as spectacular as any, but it is the long and wonderfully scenic ridge walk to get there that sets it apart from others in the area.

#10 Mount James Walker (17.9 km, 1,175 m, 6-9 h): A scramble up Mount James Walker is an engaging adventure! Amazing summit views combine with a beautiful approach beside a lively creek, past multiple tarns, and up an isolated valley to make a Mount James Walker Scramble worthy of any bucket list!

#11 East End of Rundle Route (EEOR) (5.9 km, 855 m, 5 - 6 h): Scrambling the East End of Rundle or EEOR is a popular scramble close to Canmore. It is often under-estimated, and there are tricky sections on this for new scramblers. This scenic scramble has stunning views of the surrounding peaks from the summit.

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01. Mist Mountain
Difficulty

11.0km 1,245m 5-8h

Scrambling Mist Mountain takes you up the largest peak in the immediate area, which is a sure-fire guarantee for an…

02. Mount Sparrowhawk
Difficulty

9.1km 1,285m 5-7h

Scrambling up Mount Sparrowhawk is the perfect scramble for those new to scrambling or families with older children. It is…

03. Mount Lougheed
Difficulty

13.1km 1,365m 5-7h

Mount Lougheed, a peak so huge and prominent that it even has its own sign and small viewing area on…

04. The Fortress
Difficulty

18.0km 1,104m 7-10h

The Fortress is aptly named for its ominous appearance from Highway 40, however a scramble to the summit can be…

05. Mount Indefatigable - South Peak
Difficulty

7.1km 943km 5-7h

The scramble up the South Peak of Mount Indefatigable is on the more challenging side of scrambles, however the views…

06. Snow Peak
Difficulty

19.1km 868m 6-9h

Scrambling Snow Peak brings you rising over scenic Burstall Pass. Snow Peak can be an easy or difficult scramble depending…

07. Smutwood Peak
Difficulty

17.9km 782m 7-9h

Scrambling Smutwood Peak offers spectacular views of the two jagged mountains from which it derives its name: Mount Smuts and…

08. Grotto Mountain
Difficulty

11.2km 1,352m 7-10h

Scrambling up Grotto Mountain offers a commanding aerial view of Canmore and the Bow Valley. Often thought of as a…

09. Mount Howard
Difficulty

20.1km 1,052m 7-10h

The views from the summit of Mount Howard are as spectacular as any, but it is the long and wonderfully…

10. Mount James Walker
Difficulty

17.9km 1,175m 6-9h

A scramble up Mount James Walker is an engaging adventure! Amazing summit views combine with a beautiful approach beside a…

11. East End of Rundle Route (EEOR)
Difficulty

6.7km 855m 5-6h

Scrambling the East End of Rundle or EEOR is a popular scramble close to Canmore. It is often under-estimated, and…