Yamnuska Summit, Kananaskis

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Yamnuska Summit, Kananaskis

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Also called Mt John Laurie

Trail descriptions

Link to trail peaks description

Link to slow and steady hikers description

Link to chain section video

Link to Bob Spirko description

Time

5-6 hours

10 km length

Elevation gain 900m

Elevation at top: 2239m (bob spirko)

Time of year: We did this May 17th 2016, conditions were great, sunny not windy. Patches of snow. Did not necessitate microspikes. Poles helpful but not essential.

Dog

I did not take  my dog and I dont think she could do it. I did see someone with their dog (Olive the dog) who did the whole thing no trouble. I wouldn't take mine at this point since it is not clear if she could make it. 

Getting there

From Calgary on TransCanada1 tunr off on 1X and go north. THen take a right onto 1A and then you will take a left to the parking lot. It is sign posted. 

Very easy to follow and locate trail from parking lot, its at the end past the toilets.

My trail description

You do this counter clockwise because at the end there is a sick scree section which is absolutely delightful to skate down. Bring boots and pants or gaiters.

Starts in the trees (we saw a bear). Gradual climb, gets steeper and relentless at the first chimney scramble. Easy and fun and then the views really open up. 

Note on the scramble: head for the white patch path at the base of the scree slope, so don't start descending too early as it is super annoying to hike back up the scree. 

Geology

Mt Yamnuska is a Cambrian carbonate (dolomitized) block that sits on top of Cretaceous shale-silt-sand stone ("Belly River Fm")?. The thrust fault that placed this Cambrian  over the Cretaceous is called the McConnell thrust. The fault is the flat part of a flat-ramp-flat fault.

Here is a brief explanation.

 

 

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