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East End Of Rundle Scramble

  Ratings:    Ratings 4 Star
Level: Scramble Time/Dist: 5 to 6 hours / 6.9K return Elevation Gain: 874m

Trailhead: Head up the Spray Lakes gravel road past the Nordic centre, approximately 5.8km's from Canmore. Park at the south end of Whiteman's Pond dam, the canal just above the Goat Creek day use area parking lot. Mount Rundle is located across the road directly west of the canal. Cross the road towards two power poles situated above the Goat Creek day use area to locate the trail.

Description: East End Of Rundle is considered a scramble, classified as a class 3-4. The last short section to the summit is exposed and falling rock from hikers above can be a hazard. Locate the trailhead directly across the road next to two power poles. Follow the trail as it steeply climbs the south east ridge of Mount Rundle staying left of the exposed cliff edge. Rock climbers have created numerous trail braids from topping out on several climbing routes that are located on the east cliff face of Mount Rundle. Keep working your way up and over a few short rock ledges always staying left of the ridge cliffs. Once you pass tree line you'll arrive at a large ascending meadow located below the talus slopes leading to the summit. Keep an eye out for photogenic Mountain Goats here. Continue on a worn trail towards the scree slope located straight ahead of you. Ascend the slope keeping an eye out for falling rock from hikers above. Once you reach the base of the summits cliff face, turn right and follow the rock ledges for another 50ms or so to the summit. There are a few short narrow exposed sections located just below the summit. If the ledges are crowded, wait for others to pass before continuing on. Views from the summit are outstanding. Mount Assiniboine is peeking out on the SW horizon and you'll be looking down at Ha Ling peak. Unfortunately space is limited at the summit and often crowded. You'll appreciate an early start to avoid the crowds. Descend the same way you came.

Near Here: Local campgrounds include Bow Valley Campground, Elk Flats Group Campground, Lac Des Arc Campground, Bow River Campground, Three Sisters Campground and Mount Kidd Campground. Trailheads to Ha Ling Peak, Mount Lady McDonald, Mount Yamnuska, Prairie View Mountain Bike or HikeMount Baldy, Aylmer Lookout and Lake Minnewanka are all located near here. You are in bear country.

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