Twin Towers

Canmore

This scramble of Heart Mountain with an extension towards the Twin Towers is a technical and difficult scramble.

Trail Running Severe

Distance
13 km
Ascent
1.3 km
Descent
1.3 km
Duration
2-3 hrs
Low Point
1.3 km
High Point
2.3 km
Gradient
26˚
Twin Towers Map

Heart Mountain is a difficult scramble with route-finding, scree, and loose rock on top of rock slabs. It is technical footing and is very hard to keep balance. As you climb up, you go through steep sections and some rock where you need to actually climb up and over.

Description

Once you are at the summit, you can see the Twin Towers behind. You will follow an easy and beautiful ridge which leads you to a very extreme down climb. Carrying a rope to rappel would be very easy and the safest option. Climbing down is always the hardest.

Once you downclimb this section, the rest of the route is very straightforward. It is a ridge that is not too narrow and has decent footing. You do need to pick your desired route up. You will come back the same way.

The only thing that changes with the view is the unique rock slabs visible of Hear mountain into the canyon.

Difficulty

Severe

Extreme Exposure

4 out of 4

Some trail sections are extremely exposed where falling will almost certainly result in serious injury or death.

Remoteness

3 out of 4

Little chance of being seen or helped in case of an accident.

Best time to visit

June, July, August, September