Trailhead: Spray Lakes road past the Nordic Centre approximately 5.8kms from Canmore. Park at the south end of Whiteman’s Pond dam just above Goat Creek day use parking lot.
Description: East End Rundle is considered a scramble and classified as a class 3-4. The last short section to the summit is exposed and falling rock from hikers above can be a hazard. Mount Rundle is located across the road directly west of the canal. Cross the road towards two power poles situated above the Goat Creek day use area and locate the trail.
Follow the trail as it steeply climbs the southeast ridge of Mount Rundle staying left of the exposed cliff edge. Rock climbers have created numerous trail braids from topping out on several climbing routes located on the east cliff face of Mount Rundle. Keep working your way up and over a few short rock ledges always staying left of the ridge cliffs.
Once you pass tree line you’ll arrive at a large ascending meadow located below the talus slopes leading to the summit. Keep an eye out for photogenic mountain goats here. Continue on a worn trail towards the scree slope located straight ahead of you. Ascend the slope watching for falling rock from hikers above. Once you reach the base of the summits cliff face turn right and follow the rock ledges for another 50ms or so to the summit.
There are a few short narrow exposed sections located just below the summit. If the ledges are crowded wait for others to pass before continuing on. Views from the summit are outstanding. Mount Assiniboine is peeking out on the SW horizon and you’ll be looking down at Ha Ling peak. Unfortunately space is limited at the summit and often crowded. You’ll appreciate an early start to avoid the crowds. Descend the same way you came. This Is Bear Country.