Canmore Hoodoos - Canmore - Hiking Alberta

 

Canmore Hoodoos offer a short, energizing hike in Canmore, Alberta, Canada.

 

 

If you are driving the TransCanada Highway through Canmore, Alberta, and if you happen to glance north at the hillside below the mountains at precisely the right moment, you may see the Canmore Hoodoos.

Prior to Canmore's explosive growth, the hoodoos stood more prominently than they do today with homes wrapped around them.

 

Canmore Hoodoos - Bow Valley Corridor, Alberta, Canada The Canmore Hoodoos in Canmore, Alberta, Canada

 

Access is achieved by travelling north from the TransCanada Highway along Benchlands Trail (exit to Canmore Business) for a short distance.

On the left hand side, along the curve up the hill, there is a nondescript, gravel parking area framed by large boulders. 

The hoodoos are not visible from the parking area and there are no signs to provide help but the direction is somewhat intuitively obvious.

At the low-end of the parking area, the short hike begins past the Mountain Bike Skills Park and gradually hike uphill beside the Canmore Cemetery's chain link fence.

It is surprising to arrive so soon at the hoodoos looming above.  The initial access is a short, easy trek.

 

Canmore Hoodoos - Bow Valley Corridor, Alberta, Canada Mount Rundle stretching between Canmore and Banff in the background behind the Canmore Hoodoos

 

Canmore Hoodoos - Bow Valley Corridor, Alberta, Canada Mount Lawrence Grassi on the other side of Canmore, Alberta, Canada

 

Canmore Hoodoos - Bow Valley Corridor, Alberta, Canada Ha Ling Peak and the East End of Rundle on the other side of Canmore, Alberta

 

Canmore Hoodoos - Bow Valley Corridor, Alberta, Canada The Interpretive Plaque at Canmore Hoodoos with an 1896 photo of Canmore

 

Canmore Hoodoos - Bow Valley Corridor, Alberta, Canada An attempt to recreate a modern alternative to the Interpretive Plaque photo

 

The final approach is a steep, slippery scramble assisted by roots and shrubs acting as veggie belays.  On the retreat a more civilized approach reveals itself on an alternate trail used for descent.

The more moderate descent trail pops out at the cemetery so looking to the right while passing the cemetery will provide easier access via the trail across the bottom of the hoodoos for a single switchback up to the interpretive plaque above the hoodoos.

 

Canmore Hoodoos - Bow Valley Corridor, Alberta, Canada

Canmore Hoodoos - Bow Valley Corridor, Alberta, Canada A view of Canmore from above Canmore Hoodoos to Whitemans Gap separating Ha Ling Peak and Mount Rundle

 

Canmore Hoodoos - Bow Valley Corridor, Alberta, Canada Mount Rundle in Banff National Park as seen from Canmore Hoodoos

 

Canmore Hoodoos - Bow Valley Corridor, Alberta, Canada A view of the Canmore Hoodoos on descent

 

Canmore Hoodoos - Bow Valley Corridor, Alberta, Canada Canmore Hoodoos from the trail below

 

Canmore Hoodoos - Bow Valley Corridor, Alberta, Canada Mount Lady Macdonald towering over the hoodoos with the Canmore Cemetery in the foreground

 

There is a labyrinth of amazing trail within and around Canmore that will provide an option for anyone.

Mount Lady Macdonald looms large above the hoodoos.  Ha Ling Peak is prominent on the other side of the highway just west of The Three Sisters.

 

Canmore Hoodoos - Bow Valley Corridor, Alberta, Canada The Canmore Mountain Bike Skills Park near the parking area and constructed on the trail to Canmore Hoodoos

 

On the return trip from Canmore to Calgary, traffic is reduced to a crawl on Scott Lake Hill.  The black smoke pouring into the sky from the top of the hill has been visible for some time.

A random snapshot is captured from the window of the moving car with no expectation it will be usable.

 

Canmore Hoodoos - Bow Valley Corridor, Alberta, Canada An accident at the top of Scott Lake Hill (4,626 ft) on the return drive to Calgary

 

The evening news report suggests the burning tractor-trailer in the photo had an altercation with another truck hauling horses which had pulled over to the side of the road.

The other truck was badly damaged but travelling at highway speed prevented any attempt for a second picture.  Both vehicles were travelling west.

News reports stated the three people in the accident escaped injury of any consequence and the horses were unharmed.

 

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