Rundle, East End of (EEOR)

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East Mount Rundle’s (EEOR) summit is located on the border of Banff National Park and Kananaskis Provincial Park. Banff National Park is one of four connecting national parks that make up the heart of the Canadian Rockies. Kananaskis Provincial Park encompasses over 4,000 square kilometers of foothills and mountains bordering Banff National Park to the east. EEOR is the unofficial name of the east end of the 15km Mount Rundle massif. Its short gain from Goats Creek trailhead and proximity to Canmore make it a popular objective.

EEOR has many published routes of varying difficulty besides the common scramble. Its north face consists of a long 500 meter cliff overlooking Canmore. Although several of the routes boast above average rock to climb on via Rocky Mountain standards, the natural rock fall from above presents a serious hazard on EEOR. There is also a traverse of the entire Mount Rundle massif that is typically performed east to west but is not a typical objective by any means. In fact beta on the route is almost non-existent.

EEOR is directly north (across Spray Lakes Road) of Ha Ling Peak, another common scramble objective with north face trad routes.

Getting There- From the Canmore Nordic Center, ascend the Spray Lakes/Smith Dorrien road (gravel) through the switchbacks to the Goats Creek Trail head past the dam and reservoir. You are almost guaranteed mountain sheep on the Spray Lakes Road. I have even been charged by a ram as I was running up the road (long story). Watch for hazardous rock fall on the switchbacks above Canmore. At times this road will be closed due to rock and/or mud slides. There are restrooms at the Goats Creek Trail head parking area.

Red Tape- There are no permit requirements to enter, climb and/or park in Banff National Park or Kananaskis Provincial Park. This is active grizzly country however. Take bear spray. There have been numerous 2005 trail closures in Banff and Kananaskis due to mountain lions and grizzlies. Therefore it would be prudent to check recent notices posted on the park's website(s).

When To Climb- As with most climbs in the Canadian Rockies, the driest time is from June through september. One can scramble EEOR most any month out of the year depending on conditions. I scrambled EEOR in June several different years. One year I got pelted with hail and visibility was near zero at the summit. There are no published backcountry ski routes on EEOR.

Camping- The closest camp site would be back in Canmore at the town campsite at the information center off of the same exit for Harvie Heights. The Alpine Club of Canada national office is located in Canmore and also serves as a hostel, a recently renovated one at that. You cannot camp outside of the marked specific camping areas in Banff National Park or Kananaskis Provincial Park. Refer to the park website(s) for more information regarding backcountry camping.

Mountain Conditions- The Kananaskis Provincial Park website is a very thorough park website, including trail conditions or closures, wildlife notices, weather conditions, avalanche conditions, camping permits, whitewater conditions, etc. It is an excellent source if you are going to spend any time here and comparable to any National Park website I have used. Outside of the parks web site, Canadian Avalanche Association is also useful, particularly for winter travel. Canadian Alpine Accident Reports is also extremely relevant. There are 26 accident reports to date regarding Mount Rundle and several involve the trad routes on EEOR.

Elevation (feet): 8,500
Elevation (meters): 2,530
Continent: North America
Country: Canada
Range/Region: Canadian Rockies
Province: Alberta
Latitude: 51.0806
Longitude: -115.422
Difficulty: Scramble
Nearest major airport: Calgary International
Convenient Center: Canmore

Thanks to Dow Williams for adding this peak.

Trip Reports

There are 7 trip reports for Rundle, East End of (EEOR).

  • Log #18594 - by E. B. on Sep 14, 20043.00 stars
    This was a very enjoyable scramble. Took the right shoulder to the summit, and although some parts provided little margin for error, the scrambling was fun and straight forward (i.e. very step-like)....
  • Log #18595 - by Steve & Regan Sproule on Aug 09, 20043.00 stars
    On our honeymoon in the Rockies, were staying with friends in Canmore. We hit this mountain as it was close by, with far fewer people than on adjacent Ha Ling Peak (we only saw two people on our...
  • Log #18596 - by Grace Bedoya, Jeff Horowitz, Harrell on July 13, 20043.00 stars
    Wle found the scree a bit more challenging than we first thought it would be, but enjoyed skiing down the scree on the descent. Tough climb but absolutely beautiful!
  • Log #18597 - by Craig Knelsen on Oct 23, 20033.00 stars
    Make your way back up the road until you find a trail branching left within five minutes or so. Follow the trail as it ascends through forest and minor rock bands. After reaching a clearing, the...
  • Log #18598 - by Tim L. Helmer on Oct 19, 20033.00 stars
    East end of Rundle is a Canadian Rockies peak located near Canmore Alberta. I had a slip on some hard packed snow on the scramblers route. I was starting to slide and noticed my ice axe sliding...
  • Log #19089 - by Dow Williams on Feb 14, 20063.00 stars
    I have really been saving Rundle for a full traverse, but this is a nice short one for novices or if you just need exercise. Almost winter conditions present in the middle of June, 2003 at 8500'...
  • Log #22205 - by raizur on July 25, 20113.00 stars
    A most beutifull scramble. great views from the top. The mountain was completely ours. Not a single climber until 10:30 am on our way down.