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    Kananaskis Country

    Scrambles in Kananaskis Country

    Region in Alberta, Canada

    The best scrambles in the Kananaskis is a special list of incredible peaks and views of the rugged Canadian Rockies. These scrambles are for experienced scramblers, and require a head for heights. The best scrambles in the Kananaskis include scrambles along Highway 40, scrambles along the Smith-Dorrien and scrambles around Kananaskis Lakes.

    THE TOP 10 SCRAMBLES AROUND KANANASKIS TRAIL, ALBERTA

    1. Mist Mountain (11.0 km, 1,245 m, 5-8h): 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, 5-7h): 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, 5-7h): 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 (18.0 km, 1,104 m, 7-10h): 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. Snow Peak (19.1 km, 868 m, 6-9h): 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.
    6. Smutwood Peak (17.9 km, 782 m, 7-9h): 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.
    7. Grotto Mountain (11.2 km, 1,352 m, 7-10h): 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!
    8. 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.
    9. Mount James Walker (17.9 km, 1,175 m, 6-9h): 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!
    10. East End of Rundle Route (EEOR) (5.9 km, 855 m, 5-6h): 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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      Mist Mountain

      Easy
      11.0 km
      1,245 m
      5-8h

      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 scramble route is a scenic and pleasant approach that can’t be beat.

      User Ratings
      Overall Rating
      9.6
      Technical Difficulty
      Easy (Circle)
      Suitable for beginners, families, young children, and those looking for a casual adventure.
      Physical Difficulty
      Intermediate (Square)
      Suitable for intermediates who are ready for a little bit more adventure.
      Open details for Mount Sparrowhawk

      Mount Sparrowhawk

      Easy
      9.1 km
      1,285 m
      5-7h

      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.

      User Ratings
      Overall Rating
      9.0
      Technical Difficulty
      Easy (Circle)
      Suitable for beginners, families, young children, and those looking for a casual adventure.
      Physical Difficulty
      Intermediate (Square)
      Suitable for intermediates who are ready for a little bit more adventure.
      Open details for Mount Lougheed

      Mount Lougheed

      Moderate
      13.1 km
      1,365 m
      5-7h

      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.

      User Ratings
      Overall Rating
      8.5
      Technical Difficulty
      Intermediate (Square)
      Suitable for intermediates who are ready for a little bit more adventure.
      Physical Difficulty
      Advanced (Diamond)
      Suitable for advanced experience level looking for a solid adventure.
      Open details for The Fortress

      The Fortress

      Hard
      18.0 km
      1,104 m
      7-10h

      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!

      User Ratings
      Overall Rating
      9.5
      Technical Difficulty
      Intermediate (Square)
      Suitable for intermediates who are ready for a little bit more adventure.
      Physical Difficulty
      Advanced (Diamond)
      Suitable for advanced experience level looking for a solid adventure.
      Open details for Snow Peak

      Snow Peak

      Hard
      19.1 km
      868 m
      6-9h

      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.

      User Ratings
      Overall Rating
      9.0
      Technical Difficulty
      Intermediate (Square)
      Suitable for intermediates who are ready for a little bit more adventure.
      Physical Difficulty
      Advanced (Diamond)
      Suitable for advanced experience level looking for a solid adventure.
      Open details for Smutwood Peak

      Smutwood Peak

      Moderate
      17.9 km
      782 m
      7-9h

      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.

      User Ratings
      Overall Rating
      9.0
      Technical Difficulty
      Intermediate (Square)
      Suitable for intermediates who are ready for a little bit more adventure.
      Physical Difficulty
      Advanced (Diamond)
      Suitable for advanced experience level looking for a solid adventure.
      Open details for Grotto Mountain

      Grotto Mountain

      Moderate
      11.2 km
      1,352 m
      7-10h

      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!

      User Ratings
      Overall Rating
      9.0
      Technical Difficulty
      Intermediate (Square)
      Suitable for intermediates who are ready for a little bit more adventure.
      Physical Difficulty
      Intermediate (Square)
      Suitable for intermediates who are ready for a little bit more adventure.
      Open details for Mount Howard

      Mount Howard

      Easy
      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.

      User Ratings
      Overall Rating
      9.0
      Technical Difficulty
      Easy (Circle)
      Suitable for beginners, families, young children, and those looking for a casual adventure.
      Physical Difficulty
      Easy (Circle)
      Suitable for beginners, families, young children, and those looking for a casual adventure.
      Open details for Mount James Walker

      Mount James Walker

      Hard
      17.9 km
      1,175 m
      6-9h

      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!

      User Ratings
      Overall Rating
      9.0
      Technical Difficulty
      Intermediate (Square)
      Suitable for intermediates who are ready for a little bit more adventure.
      Physical Difficulty
      Advanced (Diamond)
      Suitable for advanced experience level looking for a solid adventure.
      Open details for East End of Rundle Route (EEOR)

      East End of Rundle Route (EEOR)

      Moderate
      6.7 km
      855 m
      5-6h

      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.

      User Ratings
      Overall Rating
      7.5
      Technical Difficulty
      Easy (Circle)
      Suitable for beginners, families, young children, and those looking for a casual adventure.
      Physical Difficulty
      Intermediate (Square)
      Suitable for intermediates who are ready for a little bit more adventure.
      Open details for Mount Indefatigable – South Peak

      Mount Indefatigable – South Peak

      Easy
      7.1 km
      943 m
      5-7h

      The scramble up the South Peak of Mount Indefatigable is a great scramble and the views of Upper Kananaskis Lake from the summit are unparalleled!

      User Ratings
      Overall Rating
      8.7
      Technical Difficulty
      Intermediate (Square)
      Suitable for intermediates who are ready for a little bit more adventure.
      Physical Difficulty
      Intermediate (Square)
      Suitable for intermediates who are ready for a little bit more adventure.

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