Yamnuska Ridge and CMC Valley

Exshaw, Alberta

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This extremely popular trail takes you to a superlative viewpoint on the open ridge east of Mt. John Laurie, more usually known as Yamnuska, or Yam, a derivation from its Stoney name Iyamnathka, meaning Wall of Stone. It's the ideal early season hike. Although snow still lies deep on the Front Ranges to the west, the blooming of the prairie crocus in the meadows and the drumming of the grouse in the forest tell you that spring has arrived at Yamnuska. Alas, spring also brings that unwanted hitchhiker, the wood tick, which seems particularly voracious in this area.

Yamnuska Ridge & CMC Valley Professional Review and Guide

"This extremely popular trail takes you to a superlative viewpoint on the open ridge east of Mt. John Laurie, more usually known as Yamnuska, or Yam, a derivation from its Stoney name Iyamnathka, meaning Wall of Stone. It's the ideal early season hike.

Although snow still lies deep on the Front Ranges to the west, the blooming of the prairie crocus in the meadows and the drumming of the grouse in the forest tell you that spring has arrived at Yamnuska. Alas, spring also brings that unwanted hitchhiker, the wood tick, which seems particularly voracious in this area."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Exshaw
Distance: 2.2
Elevation Gain: 1,430 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Duration: Day hikes
Local Maps: 82 O/3 Canmore
Driving Directions: Directions to Yamnuska Ridge & CMC Valley

Recent Trail Reviews

7/14/2005
1

Excellent trail. Excellent fun. Tremendously challenging.


8/15/2002
0

This trail has a special quality about it that is better experienced then described. 2.2 KM takes you to the bluff with a wonderful view of the Bow Valley Corridor, but don't stop there. Follow the trail right up to the base of the cliffs and see if you can find the chimney around to the north valley. The view is incredible. You can come back the way you came or traverse the bottom of the cliff, but don't stop on that portion because climbers above can knock rocks onto your head. There is even a skree you can practise you skree skiing on. This is a full day experience. Have lots of water and food. Have fun!



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May 2018