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East End of Rundle Hike


  • East End of Rundle



  • May 6, 2023



  • Ed, Oak, Dave, Erin, Mike



  • 10 km (15 minutes) from downtown Canmore on the Smith Dorrien (Highway 742) road
  • near the end of Whiteman’s Pond, the parking area is on the left-hand side, or if this is full, you can continue for 50 meters to the Goat Creek Day Use Area
  • the trail starts between two flagged power poles at the south end of Whiteman’s Pond
  • the trail is marked by small pieces of tape, painted rocks, and cairns



Degree of difficulty:

  • 850 meters
  • 5 km
  • 4 hours total time on the trail
  • it took us 2 hours to get to the peak and the same amount of time to get down, with a 15-minute lunch break on the way down
  • it’s a steep hike right from the start, with switchbacks through the trees at the start until you break out onto the open scree slope
  • the trail is well-maintained and relatively easy to follow but becomes a challenging scramble near the top



Interesting notes:

  • the trail nickname is EEOR
  • the Rundle Range has seven distinct peaks over 12 km
  • many offshoots and goat trails lead to spectacular viewpoints
  • the trail offers sweeping views of the Rundle Range, Canmore, the Bow Valley, and Ha Ling
  • the naming of Mount Rundle is for Robert Rundle, a Methodist minister. It was named in 1858 by John Palliser. Rundle was invited by the Hudson’s Bay Company to do missionary work in the area. He introduced syllabics, a written language for the Cree and only visited the Banff area twice.