For at least five weeks, Yamnuska will be closed to climbers due to spring conditions on the trail. The mountain was closed in 2021 due to trail improvements, which included relocating the hiker’s trail and installing steps on the steeper sections.
Effective date: March 31, 2022, until further notice.
Or: Yamnuska area in Bow Valley Wildland Provincial Park.
Why: Mild temperatures created unfavorable conditions on Mount Yamnuska. To protect the environment and conserve the landscape, the Yamnuska trail and the Yamnuska climbing area will be closed until further notice. We expect this temporary closure to be in place for approximately five weeks; however, the trails and area will be reassessed weekly.
Yamnuska is one of the most popular multi-pitch climbing areas in Canada and was the cliff where technical climbing was introduced to the Canadian Rockies with Grillmair Chimneys in the early 1950s. There are now dozens of routes classics from 5.6 to 5.14.
The original 34 climbs were documented in a guidebook by Urs Kallen and have become the go-to list for all hardcore Yamnuska climbers. Modern classics include Pony Express 5.10b, Devil’s Right Hand 5.11c, and Blue Jeans 5.13.
Discover Yamnuska and The Chief, another of Canada’s iconic mountains for hiking and climbing, here. For a story on some of Yamnuska’s history by legendary Calgary climber Andy Genereux, see here.