Trail upgrades in 2021 improved scramble conditions to the summit of Yamnuska. But this is still a challenging half-day adventure, especially daunting for those with any fear of heights/exposure.
The fairly extensive network of trails in the lesser-known south part of Bow Valley Provincial Park is a solid option for maintaining conditioning over the winter months, family picnics, fall colours, bird spotting and more.
Although Bow Valley Campground closes to campers each winter, area trails are still accessible for winter hiking, birdwatching and photography. Visitors can tailor the hiking distance to suit the weather conditions and the capabilities of the group, with routes ranging from 2 to 10+ km,
Now part of Bow Valley Wildland Provincial Park, the former Yamnuska Natural Area features a network of unsigned trails that weave around multiple ponds and small lakes. With lots of options for out-and back and loop hikes of various distances, it's a good destination to explore with kids. Just be sure to stay away from the south end, which neighbours the area's landfill!
Compared to the old Ha Ling Trail, the upgraded and realigned route is significantly improved. But it's still challenging - short and steep. If you opt to give this one a try, I strongly recommend hiking/urban poles. There's not water, so be sure to pack lots. And it's pretty exposed up top, so pack one more layer than you think you'll need!