McConnell Ridge (Yate’s Mountain)

Summit Elevation (m): 1996
Elevation Gain (m): 500
Round Trip Time (hr): 3
Total Trip Distance (km): 11
Quick ‘n Easy Rating: Class 1 – You fall you sprain your ego
Difficulty Notes: No difficulties – this is a hike with some very easy scrambling opportunities if you look hard for them.
Technical Rating: TL3; YDS (Hiking)
GPS Track: Download
Map: Google Maps

Hanneke was in Edmonton for the weekend, so we decided to go for a pleasant Sunday afternoon hike with the kids, dog and I. The only place free enough of snow on this gorgeous weekend was McConnell Ridge, so we gave that a try and it worked out beautifully.

At the summit of McConnell Ridge (Yates Mountain)

A note on the naming – Yates Mountain is the high point where the fire lookout is beyond McConnell Ridge which runs in front of it. I’ve been to the lookout many times, but on this particular trip we only hiked the ridge. I’m including both summits as one and the GPS track is for Yates Mountain. This is a great short hike for a half day outing with great views over Barrier Lake and the front country peaks around it.

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