Located in the foothills of the Canadian Rockies just west of Calgary is Kananaskis Country and the picturesque mountain village of Canmore. While many people come to Canmore or Kananaskis to hike, there are some incredible scrambles around here. Scrambles are a bit different from hiking, as they involve the use of hands and may take you out into places on a mountain with exposure. You should be a reasonable hiker before trying even the easiest scramble.
While these scrambles are in the Kananaskis, many people base themselves out of Canmore for these scrambles. So, if you are looking for scrambles in Canadian Rockies, you will like our list of the best scrambles in Alberta’s Kananaskis Country.
(11.0km, 1245m, 5-8h)
This is among the best scrambles in Kananaskis, located at the southern end of Kananaskis Trail. The scenery along the route is great and you get a spectacular view when you reach the summit of Mist Mountain. It is definitely one of the best scrambles in the Canadian Rockies.
(13.1km, 1365m, 5-7h)
One of the best scrambles in Kananaskis is up to Mount Lougheed. Lougheed is huge and fulfills the promise of a spectacular panoramic view of Kananaskis Country when you reach the summit. It is among the top scrambles in Canadian Rockies as well as one of the best scrambles in Kananaskis Country.
(18.0km, 1104m, 7-10h)
One of the best scrambles in the Kananaskis is The Fortress, especially as you get to explore both the Chester and Headwall valleys on this loop. The Fortress looks forbidding from the highway, but it is a great scramble and the views from the top are well worth the effort.
(19.1km, 868m, 6-9h)
This is a fairly long scramble that takes you over Burstall Pass. Snow Peak is definitely one of the best scrambles in Kananaskis, as the views from the continental divide stretch into British Columbia. If you love the best scrambling in Kananaskis, this is one of the scrambles in Kananaskis Country you shouldn’t miss.
(17.9km, 782m, 7-9h)
Smutwood Peak combines the summits of Birdwood and Mount Smuts, where you will have the magnificent views you expect when you head out on one of the best scrambles in the Kananaskis. The dark turquoise lakes with waterfalls and fast-running creeks provide the scenery along the way.