Yates Mountain

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Yates Mountain
  • Location: Kananaskis Country (Highway 40)
  • Activity: Hiking
  • Height: 1,996 m (6,549 ft)
  • Elevation Gain: 610 m (2,001 ft)
  • Distance: 12.0 km / Round Trip (7.5 mi)
  • Avg Steepness: 5.8°
  • Estimated Time: 3-5 hrs
  • Technicality: Novice
  • Fitness Level: Easy
Yates Mountain also more commonly known as Barrier Lake Lookout. Since I am a scrambler, I had to use name of mountain. Though to be honest I didn't know this peak actually has a name until now.

After a rough week in the mountains, it seemed even this small peak got bit of snow. Despite this trail is popular and many people visit the lookout, I have to say with as much snow like this week, some of steep sections (page 8) cannot be considered as "hiking" in my opinion otherwise I am pretty sure Yates is safe all year around.

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Frozen Barrier Lake. As warm winter it has been, I am quite surprised this lake is still completely frozen. There are thick ices along Bow River in Calgary, it's not that surprising I guess.

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Fresh snow made it easier to walk rather than walking on ice underneath.

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McConnell Ridge left, and Yates on the right. If I knew that little thing has name (McConnell), I would have went there… Lack of research…

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Weather looked better on webcam earlier at home, but got little bit of thin clouds. However better than last several weeks. Seems mountains getting bad weather every weekend lately.

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Pano from the summit looking west.

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The lookout.

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One of the steep section I mentioned. I guess because this trail is so popular snow gets pounded so quickly which makes footing very slippery.


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