East End of Rundle trail is pretty darn memorable. A few laughs, a few jaw dropping, and a few what-the-bananas moments really. We’re nothing but happy hearts for hiking this one! This is a poorly marked trail (easy to get off track/lost) with lots of scree to scramble at elevation.
Pre-hike we stopped at Beamers Coffee Bar (a local fave) for a large coffee and those epic absolutely-everything-in-them muffins for the hike. Their oat milk dirty chai’s are among the best. Afterwards it was straight to the Grizzly Paw for a burger (‘beyond meat’ burger for me!) and fries. This one is a bit of a tradition for us! Nothing better than a hearty meal post hike. Thankfully they’re used to dirty hikers because we didn’t get kicked out even though I’m pretty sure we smelled. Ha ha ha.
This is a poorly marked trail (easy to get off track/lost) with lots of scree to scramble at elevation. Recommended for experienced hikers only who carry the 10 essentials and engage in responsible recreation. This hike is also part of the Triple Crown of Canmore hikes.
These are the lands of the Niitsítpiis-stahkoii ᖹᐟᒧᐧᐨᑯᐧ ᓴᐦᖾᐟ (Blackfoot / Niitsítapi ᖹᐟᒧᐧᒣᑯ), Ktunaxa ɁamakɁis, Stoney, Tsuu T'ina, and Michif Piyii (Métis) people. It is important as avid hikers and stewards of the land, to acknowledge and understand the full story our surroundings along with the people that care for her, both past and present. As sourced from native-land.ca, if there are corrections please send to firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can actually park just prior to Goat Lake Parking Lot near the trail head near the end of Whitemans Pond. The trailhead itself is nothing more than a piece of red tape tied to an evergreen and a trail starting upwards. You’ll know you’re on the right trail when you come across the UXO (unexploded ordnance) sign. Ya, you read that one right. If the prospect of getting lost wasn’t a good enough motivator to stick to the trails, this might just do the trick.
None. Follow Leave No Trace toileting guidelines
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Spring, summer, fall. Open dawn to dusk daily.
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Forget switchbacks, this hike is pretty much one steady mother of an incline right from the get go. Start first in the trees with mini switchbacks if you will, then quickly turning into a little scrambling in some small sections. So it’s steep, that’s what makes it a good grind right? There are two other factors to this hike to keep in mind; a) it’s ridiculously easy to lose the trail or take the wrong trail, and b) that alpine section is a heck of a lotta scree. The trail is not well marked and there are several run offs that also look well traveled. We used AllTrails to stay on track and still managed to take the wrong path a solid three times. All recoverable though, and only on the descent were we ‘off trail’ (but still on a well traveled trail) for a little longer than intend. It’s worth mentioning that there are several great view point along this trail. The option is always there to simply hike the forested area and take advantage of these spots to take in the landscape. Or enjoy them as great spots to stop and fuel up before hitting the alpine. Either way, you can’t argue that the views along this trail are great.
Above the tree line and into the alpine! Thankfully the path is fairly easy to spot by this point. There are a small grouping of evergreens above the the trail’s left, and a dramatic cliff to the trail’s right. It’s in between this two that I decided take in the views and proclaim the spot as my false summit. This area is nothing but scree, which if you’re an avid and knowledgeable hiker – easy peasy. No issues. However, not a word of a lie, I saw one group come down from the summit…some without poles, others without water, and one with flat bottom sneakers without shoe laces that took such tumbles down the steep scree that I thought he was either going to win a darwin award or harm the hikers below with the fallout of rocks. It was irresponsible to say the least. This is not a hike for sneakers.
The true summit lies up around the last grouping of evergreens to the trail left, and around to the right along the ridge. Another 30-45mins return. It does flatten out in section, although to be fair, I did not summit and can’t quite comment on it. My hiking buddies went ahead up, loved the views, and then returned to my ‘false summit’ area.