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Heart Creek Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 4,400'
Location: 51.047, -115.1566 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Jordan Ramey on May 18, 2011
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Heart Creek is a popular sport climbing area east of Canmore with most of the climbs located next to a babbling brook. There are 6 or so developed areas and most climbs are about 30 meters with most climbs in the 5.9 - 5.11 range. There are a sprinkling of easier climbs in the 5.6 - 5.8 range and a couple of 5.12's at the end of the canyon. Most climbs can be approached in 10 to 20 minutes of easy walking.

A summer area where climbers start to show up when the last snow melts off the lower elevations. The area can be crowded on the weekends.

Getting There 

About 15 km east of Canmore and about an hours drive from Calgary. Take the Lac des Arcs exit and goto the Heart Creek Trailhead and follow the signs to the Heart Creek interpretive trail. The sport walls are obvious right off the path as one walks up the trail.

Alternatively, to park a bit closer, head east on highway 1 from the Lac des Arcs exit and park at the climber pullout with the no parking sign. Not sure if you'll be ticketed since it seems like a good pullout, so pull very far off the highway (obvious) and follow the trail up to the creek and then follow the interpretive Heart Creek Trail to the climbs.

Climbing Season

For the Bow Valley area.

Weather station 6.9 miles from here

51 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',12],['2 Stars',13],['1 Star',9],['Bomb',0]

Featured Route For Heart Creek

Cavebird 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a  North America : Canada : ... : First Rock
A tough route for 5.9 due to the polished nature of some of the holds, especially the bulge 2/3rd of the way of the route. Trust your hands more than your feet on this one....[more]   Browse More Classics in International

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