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Engagement Peak Hike

Where:

  • Engagement Peak Hike

 

When:

  • November 20, 2021

 

Who:

  • Ed, Craig, Rod, Shonda, Bauer, Oak, Peter, Lisa, Mike, Dave, Kirk, Roger

 

Trailhead:

  • take Highway 1 west and turn right at the Lac des Arcs overpass, then turn left to cross back over the highway
  • take the ramp that brings you back heading East, and the parking area is in the ditch on the side of the highway about a km past Heart Creek on the right-hand side at what is known as the Quaite Valley trailhead
  • you start up a dirt road and at about 200 meters look for a narrow opening where you turn left (or watch for where the ridgeline on your left is at its low point and bushwack towards it)
  • the trail stays on the edge of the ridge for quite a while before it descents
  • some of the trail is easy to follow but there are a lot of areas where a tracking device is a must

 

 

Degree of difficulty:

  • 475 meters elevation
  • 6.2 km
  • the hike was a bit challenging due to light amounts of snow and ice on most of the trail combined with the elevation
  • the hike took us two and a half hours

 

 

Interesting notes:

  • Engagement Peak is an easily accessible hike from Calgary, and it exceeded our expectations given the climb, technical aspects, and scenery
  • it provides a decent workout and has some scrambling sections that require confident footing
  • there are panoramic 360-degree views at the top of Heart Mountain, Mount Yamnuska, Grotto Mountain, Loder Peak, and many others
  • the mountain goes by many names, including Bears Bump, Razors Edge, and Biffy Peak