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Heart Mountain & Grant MacEwan Peak

Summit Elevation (m): 2148
Elevation Gain (m): 900
Trip Time (hr): 6.5
Total Trip Distance (km): 10.5
Quick ‘n Dirty Rating: Class 2/3 – you fall, you sprain or break something
Difficulty Notes: Easy to moderate scrambling depending on the route chosen up to the summit and on the alternate return.
Technical Rating: SC5; YDS (3rd)
Map: Google Maps


Heart Mountain is an easy but fun scramble – and extremely popular. Since there was still no snow Jeff and I tackled this one in November 2001 and I repeated it along with Grant MacEwan again in January of 2009 as the same loop route.

Heart Mountain and Grant MacEwan Peak Route Map
Heart Mountain & Grant MacEwan Peak
Approaching the mountain.
Approaching the mountain.
Views over Lac des Arcs towards Grotto and Gap Peak (R).
Views over Lac des Arcs towards Grotto and Gap Peak (R).
Views over Heart Creek towards Mount McGillivray.
Views over Heart Creek towards Mount McGillivray.
Views over Canmore to Ha Ling, Lawrence Grassi and Ships Prow.
Views over Canmore to Ha Ling, Lawrence Grassi and Ships Prow.
Grotto Mountain
Grotto Mountain
Views up the NW ridge.
Views up the NW ridge.
Views over Lac des Arcs towards Grotto, Gap, Ankebiter, Fable and Mythic (R).
Views over Lac des Arcs towards Grotto, Gap, Ankebiter, Fable and Mythic (R).
Looking down the NW ridge towards Lac des Arcs.
Looking down the NW ridge towards Lac des Arcs.
Yamnuska.
Yamnuska.
The scramble route is well marked.
The scramble route is well marked.
The scramble route is well marked.
The scramble route is well marked.
The scramble route is well marked.
The scramble route is well marked.
Views over Lac des Arc towards Grotto Mountain.
Views over Lac des Arc towards Grotto Mountain.
Mount McGillivray over Heart Creek.
Mount McGillivray over Heart Creek.
Vern on the summit of Heart Mountain.
Vern on the summit of Heart Mountain.
Great views of Fable, Mythic, Epic and Towsend (R).
Great views of Fable, Mythic, Epic and Towsend (R).
Grotto Mountain.
Grotto Mountain.
Ha Ling and Rundle over the town of Canmore.
Ha Ling and Rundle over the town of Canmore.
Ships Prow, Lawrence Grassi and Ha Ling.
Ships Prow, Lawrence Grassi and Ha Ling.
Grotto Pond and Mountain with Rundle in the bg.
Grotto Pond and Mountain with Rundle in the bg.
Traversing to Grant MacEwan looking back along the NW ridge.
Traversing to Grant MacEwan looking back along the NW ridge.
Traversing to Grant MacEwan.
Traversing to Grant MacEwan.
Traversing to Grant MacEwan.
Traversing to Grant MacEwan.
Traversing to Grant MacEwan.
Traversing to Grant MacEwan.
Summit of Grant MacEwan.
Summit of Grant MacEwan.
Summit of Grant MacEwan, McGillivray at left.
Summit of Grant MacEwan, McGillivray at left.
Vern on the summit of Grant MacEwan.
Vern on the summit of Grant MacEwan.
Summit panorama looking towards Twin Towers (Jewell Peak) and Barrier Lake.
Summit panorama looking towards Twin Towers (Jewell Peak) and Barrier Lake.
Descending Grant MacEwan.
Descending Grant MacEwan.
Descending Grant MacEwan.
Descending Grant MacEwan.
Descending Grant MacEwan.
Descending Grant MacEwan.
Descending Grant MacEwan.
Descending Grant MacEwan.
Mount Baldy's three summits.
Mount Baldy's three summits.
Views of Yate's Mountain, Barrier Lake and Lusk Ridge.
Views of Yate's Mountain, Barrier Lake and Lusk Ridge.
Looking over Heart Mountain towards Grotto.
Looking over Heart Mountain towards Grotto.
Yamnuska and Wendell.
Yamnuska and Wendell.
Mount Fable (L) with Little Mythic, Mythic, Epic Tower and Townsend visible.
Mount Fable (L) with Little Mythic, Mythic, Epic Tower and Townsend visible.
Looking up Jura Creek towards Cross Peak.
Looking up Jura Creek towards Cross Peak.
Part of Lusk Ridge.
Part of Lusk Ridge.
Panorama over Heart Mountain to McGillivray (L), Grotto, Gap, Fable and others.
Panorama over Heart Mountain to McGillivray (L), Grotto, Gap, Fable and others.
Views towards Door Jamb, Loder, Goat and Yamnuska.
Views towards Door Jamb, Loder, Goat and Yamnuska.
Yamnuska is a very distinctive front range peak.
Yamnuska is a very distinctive front range peak.
Descending the NE ridge from Grant MacEwan.
Descending the NE ridge from Grant MacEwan.
Descending the NE ridge from Grant MacEwan.
Descending the NE ridge from Grant MacEwan.
Descending the NE ridge from Grant MacEwan.
Descending the NE ridge from Grant MacEwan.
Grotto looms over Gap and Ankebiter Ridge.
Grotto looms over Gap and Ankebiter Ridge.
Loder, Goat and Yamnuska.
Loder, Goat and Yamnuska.
Exiting to the parking lot on the Quaite Creek Trail.
Exiting to the parking lot on the Quaite Creek Trail.
Exiting to the parking lot on the Quaite Creek Trail.
Exiting to the parking lot on the Quaite Creek Trail.
Heart Mountain along with a warning sign.
Heart Mountain along with a warning sign.

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