Rock Climb at Cougar Creek Canyon

3.1 miles 49.2 ft gain  - Out-and-Back Trail

Added by Tam McTavish

Cougar Creek is the closest climbing crag to Canmore and offers a full range of routes from 5.7 up to 5.14s. Route descriptions can be found in Bow Valley Sport Climbs.

From the TransCanada highway, take the second exit into Canmore (from either direction), and head uphill on Elk Run Boulevard. At the top of the hill, across from the Iron Goat restaurant, there is a three way intersection, head right across the bridge and take an immediate left into the parking lot.

The walk to the crags is between 15 - 30 minutes depending on which area you are heading for. 

The trail wanders through the broken gravel, up the canyon for a fair ways. Many people use this area for family hikes, walking their dogs, and pleasant strolls. 

There is little to now elevation change, so it's an easy approach.

Once there you have a whole host of areas to choose from. House of Cards crag is one of the most popular. It's also not a bad place to start. Many people like to go further back, and then walk back, stopping at each section, slowly heading back out of the canyon. 

Read More

Tags

Rock Climbing
Running
Hiking
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Food Nearby
Picnic Area
Scenic
Wildlife

Reviews

Leave a Review

Overall rating: 

Great Place With Kids Or For A Quick Climb

The approach is very easy, which was nice with our small kids. Being so close to town made it a fun outdoor activity to do for a few hours.

Nearby Adventures

  • Mount Lady Macdonald Scramble in Winter

    The Mount Lady Macdonald trail begins at Cougar Creek, starting out as a leg burner through the forest, then meandering through boulders, halfway up. The boulders, sparse forest, and views of the Bow River Valley make for a classic mountain landsc...

  • Climb the South East Ridge of Lady MacDonald

    Lady Macdonalds South East ridge is a route that has grown in popularity in recent years thanks to it's proximity to Canmore, intro level alpine climbing, and wonderful views. The Rockies Central Guidebook has the best images and descriptions of t...

  • Hike Grotto Mountain

    From Highway 1A take the exit to the Alpine Club of Canada. Park near the woodpile as the actual parking lot is for Alpine Club customers. The trailhead about 30 metres up the road from the woodpile.The start of the trail is fairly relaxed but it ...

    7.5 miles 4429.1 ft gain

  • Indoor Rock Climbing in Canmore at Elevation Place

    For those that aren’t skiers – or maybe for skiers who just want to stretch some different muscles – Elevation Place is a fantastic climbing gym in Canmore. It’s brand new and has tons of top roping, bouldering, and even seven auto-belays with cli...