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Heart Mountain
Timestamp Free: 2019.06.26 - 21:52:52
Ranges: North America Ranges / Rocky Mountains / Canadian Rockies / Continental Ranges / Front Ranges
  (1 days)     Elevation Gain: 875m
Difficulty: 2: Easy if considered a scramble; strenuous if considered a hike; one short section of easy rock-climbing with limited exposure
This popular scramble is easy to access and usually in condition earlier than other Kananaskis peaks.
The trailhead parking for Heart Mountain is just south of the Trans-Canada Highway at the Heart Creek Day Use area, which is reached from the Lac Des Arcs campground exit from the highway.

Follow the signed trail eastward for 0.8 km to the crossing of Heart Creek. From the east side of the stream an obvious trail leads up the obvious northwest ridge of Heart Mountain. Follow the trail upwards. The way is always obvious. About three-quarters of the way to the first summit, a rock step of about 3 meters must be climbed. The preferred route is marked with red metal markers attached to the rock. Exposure is minimal, and handholds and footholds large. This step is the crux.

Views of the Bow Valley westwards to Canmore, eastwards past Yamnuska to the prairies, and northwards to the less esthetic cement quarry at Exshaw start low on the ridge, and increase in scope as you climb. [photo]heartrte03.jpg[caption]Looking west up the Bow Valley[/photo]

Near the top the ridge starts to level out, so that views at the official summit of the valley become somewhat restricted, but the view of Mount McGillivray and the Heart Creek Valley below to the west improves. You can turn around here, and return the way you came, or continue to follow the ridge south to a slightly higher summit. From there, proceed eastwards to the highest point on the ridgewalk.

From the high point, a southward ridgeline leads over several unnamed peaks to eventually connect to the Mount Lorette and Mount McGillivray ridge. [photo]heart06.jpg[caption]Ridge leading south[/photo]
  This ridgeline is off the route described here. The standard route follows the ridge northeast (with a view of Mount Baldy) and then north over several secondary summits before...

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