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Canmore Quad Day - July 20th
Canmore Quad Day - July 20th


Heart Mountain and Grant McEwan Peak Loop

If trail and mountain running for you is getting the best elevation gain/distance ratio, the Heart Mountain and Grant MacEwan Peak loop should be a go-to. Featuring close to 1000m of elevation gain over just under 11 km, this loop has it all; good views, a steep ascent, a bit of scrambling and some technical descending. You'll rarely be alone on this mountain as Heart Mountain is a very popular hike, but keep it as an after-work option in the Summer, or for a quieter weekday morning hit. Best done counter-clockwise.
  • Distance: 10.5 km
  • Elevation gain: 900 meters
  • Time: 2 to 4 hours
  • Difficulty:  Challenging
  • Where to park: Heart Creek Trailhead
  • Surface: Technical trail. The Heart Mountain ascent features a few sections that require hands-on scrambling, as well as a 4th class rock step halfway up. The descent from Grant MacEwan Peak is loose and steep in some areas, but you won't need your hands.
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