East End of Rundle - My Second Summit on the Triple Crown Challenge
Challenge yourself to reach new heights and hike up to the summit of EEOR!
Time: 6-7 hours
No, it is not a character from Winnie the Pooh, but it’s a good way to remember it. EEOR is the popular abbreviation for East End of Rundle. I’ve been wanting to do this hike since I have checked Ha Ling Peak on my list to complete the Triple Crown Challenge. With palms sweating, I’m so glad I finally did it!
For more info on this challenge, click the link http://experiencecanmore.ca/the-triple-crown-of-canmore/
Coming from Canmore, drive up to towards the Nordic Center. Once you hit Whitemans Pond there is an unmarked parking lot beside the river. You can park your car here. You can also visit the Visitor Information Center in Canmore to get directions and updates on the hike such as closures, bear sightings and warnings, Their address is provided below.
Address: 2801 Bow Valley Trail, Canmore, AB T1W 3A2
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It started pouring when we reached the parking lot but we patiently waited for the rain to stop and was rewarded with a sunnier hike. The mountains will always have unpredictable weather so it's better to pack extra layers.
The trailhead is located by the 2 light post in front of the river. There is a sign saying EEOR TRAIL on one of the post. That’s when we knew we were on the right path.
The hike starts with moderate switchbacks. There were blue square markers along the trail but sometimes they were hard to spot. You can easily get lost if you don’t pay attention as there are many ways to get to the top but follow the trail to your right and go up. Along the treeline there are some areas where we had to climb up rocks and tiptoe beside steep cliffs. if you want to try this hike, be very mindful of your surroundings as it is not a well marked trail. Hold onto branches and roots if you want but be mindful because they can always give way.
As we ascend, the magnificent side view of Ha Ling Peak gives a good encouragement to keep going. We also got to see the landscape view of Spray Valley Provincial Park from behind. Don’’t forget to look around and enjoy the view. Sometimes we get caught up by our conversations or looking down to figure out our next step that we can forget to stop and look at what’s around us.
After the tree line, there is an open meadow where hikers can rest and immerse in this breathtaking view. It is quite a picturesque site. The edge of the meadow is a vertical drop where you can admire the town of Canmore and surrounding rivers. Watch your step as you go to the edge there are no fence or guard rails and you could fall.
We continued our hike up to the peak and from here it was all scramble and scree. This part can get a little technical. Ensure you are wearing good hiking shoes and use poles. We did not bring poles on this hike so we were on all fours in some instances. The scrambling part on the rocky terrain was a little challenging. Do your best to keep an eye on the fainted trail lest you find yourself scrambling up the mountain on a vertical wall.
When we finally reached the top, it was all worth it! The view was so amazing it took my breath away. We sat, ate MacDonald’s and enjoyed the view for a while. It could get windy at the top too so pack a windbreaker.
You will see several peaks once you reach the top. The two that we went to had a box registry where we got to sign our names to mark our summit.
This hike was a lot of fun but a little bit of a challenge for me. The scrambling and rock climbing part tested my skills and abilities. At one point, I thought my feet were going to give out from all the trembling as I walk on a rocky cliff on the way to the summit. This trail can be difficult for new hikers so ensure to do your research before you go. EEOR is such a magnificent landmark in Canmore. Come prepared and check off this summit on your list!
Crown number 2 conquered for me on the Canmore Triple Crown Challenge. One more summit and I can get my free beer mug! Lex Go!
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