How to Hike the East End of Rundle (EEOR) in Canmore

East End of Rundle hike is easily one of the most popular hikes near Canmore. It’s also the best effort to reward with breathtaking views of Spray Valley and Ha Ling Peak. Given its proximity to downtown Canmore and relative ease, it sees heavy foot traffic. It’s a beautiful hike that offers visitors astonishing views over Canmore, the Bow Valley, and Ha Ling Peak.

Although, just because East End of Rundle (or EEOR, or “Eeyore” as locals like to call it) is close to town doesn’t mean it’s an easy climb up to the summit. Here is all the info you need to know about hiking EEOR.

East End of Rundle (EEOR) Hike

Key Stats

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5.6km (6.6 miles)

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3 – 6 hours

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Whiteman’s Pond or Goat Creek

A Pass is Needed to Hike in Kananaskis

Visitors are required to hold a Kananaskis Conservation Pass, which covers Kananaskis and the Bow Valley Corridor. This pass is separate from the National Parks Pass needed to visit Banff and the other national parks. Passes may be purchased online and are attached to a license plate number. Requirements are around vehicles and parking, not the individual. This includes parking at the Canmore Nordic Center or Grassi Lakes.

Pass Prices

  • Daily Pass: $15 (registers one vehicle)
  • Annual Pass: $90 (registers two cars)

A Guide to Understanding the Kananaskis Conservation Pass

East End of Rundle Route Description

Mount Rundle is an icon of Banff National Park and dominates the sky over both Banff and Canmore. It has seven distinct peaks over 12km, and the East of Rundle refers to the last peak to the East over the town of Canmore. The EEOR summit is 2,545m (8,350 ft) in elevation and is an easy scramble with 875m (2,870 ft) of elevation gain.

Looking up at Mount Rundle from Quarry Lake
Looking up at Mount Rundle from Quarry Lake

The hike up the East End of Rundle starts at Whiteman’s Pond dam at the top of Canmore Hill. There are two parking areas, but the latter from Canmore is the best for access to EEOR, and you can’t miss the giant new paved parking lot that services Ha Ling and EEOR hikes.

Start of the EEOR Trailhead
Start of the EEOR Trailhead

The trail starts right between two flagged power poles, which you can see in the photo below.

The trail begins a quick ascent up through the woods through a series of switchbacks. Make a note of the well-worn trail and downed trees to mark the way as it is easy to end up on any number of trails used for climbers, goats, or both.

The EEOR trail immediately goes UP
The trail immediately goes UP

The trail is a bit of a mixed bag through the ascent as it makes several switchbacks, changes in trail material before several rocky sections that may require a handhold or two.

However, it’s nothing difficult, and any hiker should be able to handle the terrain. It’s is fairly easy to follow with the small pieces of tape, painted rocks, and cairns leading the way to the peak.

EEOR trail
Enjoy the views of Ha Ling Peak from EEOR
Enjoy the views of Ha Ling Peak

On the way up, you begin to see views down Spray Valley to the East, Ha Ling Peak, and Mount Lawrence Grassi. With this in mind, there are many off-shots and goat trails from the main trail that lead to various viewpoints.

Looking down on Whiteman's Pond
Looking down on Whiteman’s Pond

The hike up comes out of the first section of the treeline to a small ridge. This section has some route findings and small portions of scree. It’s not too difficult, and the most advanced section comes on a large rock slab that can be bypassed by heading to the left.

Looking up at the EEOR summit
This is where you are going
Hiking on EEOR

Once you get above the final bit treeline, you’ll find a steep wide open scree section waiting for you. Once you make it past the scree (hiking poles helped me!), you’ll find two paths leading up to the summit.

The flattest part of the trail
The flattest part of the trail
Final push to the EEOR summit
Final push to the summit

We took the one to the left, which seemed to be the easier trail up. Once you get to the rock band, you’ll want to put your gloves on (and helmet if you have one) as you’ll be walking along the cliff for about five minutes using your hands and careful footing. The helmet is more necessary on a busy day as it would it’s easy for clumsy hiking groups above to dislodge rocks.

The scramble bits getting up East End of Rundle
The scramble bits
These are the most difficult moves, pretty tame when you’re up close.

After this scramble, you’ve reached the summit and get to enjoy the views over Canmore! The view was inspiring for us as we could see our home way down below.

eeor summit
Summit photo!

With a summit beer in hand, we watched a marmot wander around the peak and flipped through the very full summit register.

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natasha enjoying a beer on the eeor summit
Enjoying a summit beer
Sign the summit register
Sign the summit register
marmot on the trail
Can you spot the marmot?

The descent was the same as our accent, as the other way looked more treacherous. We tried to run down the scree, but the well-trodden trail only had small rocks on hard dirt and caused us to slip multiple times. With that in mind, so we grabbed our poles and walked fast down the scree.

Gear We Recommend for Hiking EEOR

Salomon Speedcross 5

Salomon Speedcross 5

The vast majority of hikes and easy scrambles in the Rockies, you’ll find us in our trusty Salomon Speedcross.

Arc'teryx Cerium Hoody

Arc’teryx Cerium

Arc’teryx Cerium is our pick for the best down jacket. It’s incredibly light, and we bring it on almost every hike in the Rockies.

Peak Design Capture Clip

PD Capture Clip

This nifty clip from Peak Design secures a camera to my backpack strap for easy reach. No more digging in the backpack!

Hiking Poles

Hiking Poles

A pair of durable and lightweight hiking poles are a great asset on the hiking trail. 

Gregory Nano Backpack

Gregory Nano 20L

20L feels like the ideal size for quick hikes and scrambles. We love the Nano from Gregory with a hydration reservoir.

Garmin Inreach Mini

Garmin Inreach Mini

There is not much cell service in the Canadian Rockies. In case of emergencies, we carry an emergency beacon with GPS.

East End of Rundle (EEOR) Duration

One of the many viewpoints on EEOR over Whitemans Pond
One of the many viewpoints over Whitemans Pond

The EEOR trail is a 5.8-kilometer out-and-back trail. We are reasonably fast hikers and completed the trail in three and a half hours, with time for summit beers at the top and about 15 minutes extra for sunset photos. If we were really moving with no long stops, we could have easily done EEOR in under three hours.

The average hiker will probably be able to summit in 2-3 hours and descend in 1.5 hours. If you are slower, five to six hours round trip is a safe time to estimate. We were in no rush, and it took 1.5 hours for us to reach the summit and an hour down.

Hiking down from EEOR before sunset
Hiking down before sunset

We came across two other pairs of hikers who completed the trail with a proper summit. Many others stopped at the countless number of viewpoints along the way, they don’t get old.

If your main priority is to take photographs, you could stop at any number of the viewpoints over Ha Ling, the Bow Valley, and the Spray Lakes Resoivor after about an hour of hiking and descend in an hour, making the whole trip just two hours in length! In fact, we actually find the photographs are better from lower elevations.

East End of Rundle Difficulty


AllTrails has rated this hike as hard, but I would put it in between moderate and hard. It’s certainly a steep and strenuous uphill battle for almost the entire hike. There are hardly any flat parts, and the climb starts immediately right from the car park.

There is a modest amount of exposure and some scrambling required, but nothing too scary or difficult for the average to an advanced hiker.

Poles are recommended for the scree ascent and descent, and gloves would come in super handy as well, as you’ll be using your hands in a few sections.

Whitemans Pond viewpoint

If you are new to hiking and scrambling, this will definitely be a difficult climb, and we recommend checking off Ha Ling next door first. However, if you’re in reasonably good shape and hike a bit, EEOR should be no problem for you. It’s a great workout, with great views the entire way. You’ll be gaining 870 meters of elevation in 3km – a leg burner for sure!

When Can You Hike EEOR?

Looking down on Whiteman's Pond

The best time to hike EEOR is between May and early October. If you decide to tackle this in the winter, you will need spikes to get you through. It’s steep and slippery. Hiking poles are never a bad idea either. See my section at the bottom for what to wear hiking.

We hiked EEOR in late July and had great conditions. We’ve also hiked EEOR in November for an early winter burner. However, it is one of the busiest trails in the area. It’s typically a great early season objective as it receives plenty of sunlight to melt away the snow faster than other peaks.

Hiking EEOR in the winter means that you won’t find many other people on the trail, but you’ll need to be extremely cautious and pay attention to Avalanche Canada reports. Just because EEOR is easily accessible, doesn’t mean it comes without dangers – especially with a heavy snowpack. During the peak summer season, this trail is heavily trafficked, given its ease and proximity to Canmore.

How Busy is EEOR?

the trail down from the summit

AllTrails rates this as a heavily trafficked trail, and it is. It’s a hard hike that is exceptionally close to the town of Canmore and offers breathtaking views over the Bow Valley.

Don’t come here expecting to be alone. Your best bet at having a crowd-free experience is coming mid-week at either sunrise or sunset. We started this trail on a Thursday at 4 pm, wanting to catch the sunset light. We passed many people coming back down from the trail but were the last to summit for the day.

Dogs and Kids on the EEOR

On the EEOR Trail looking down the Spray Valley

Only kids and dogs with experience scrambling should tackle the summit of EEOR. The crux is the last hundred meters to the summit, requiring hands and sure footing. However, most teenagers and pets should be able to make it to the viewpoint without issues!


Trailhead of EEOR

Yes! Vehicles should park along Whitemans Pond or at the giant newly paved Goat Creek Parking Lot. There are typically always cars at Whitemans Pond unless you’re one of the first ones here.

EEOR is a very popular hike and rock climbing area, so expect lots of hikers and climbers around. Across the road from Whiteman’s Pond, you’ll find a ribbon attached to the tree indicating the start of the trail.

Wildlife Awareness

A Marmot on the trail
A Marmot on the trail

If you’re hiking in Kananaskis, you should practice proper wildlife awareness. Black bears, grizzly bears, moose, coyotes, and cougars are frequently sighted in the region. They are all potential threats to humans, and we should reduce our impact on their natural lives.

Before any hike or walk in Kananaskis Country, you need to have bear spray. Remember that the spray is worthless if it’s in your pack. You’ll need to be able to grab it in two seconds or less in an emergency. We wear our bear spray on our hips.

The likeliness of seeing wildlife on this trail is high. It is a heavily trafficked trail, but bear sightings have occurred. Always check the park websites for wildlife information (Parks Canada and AB Park), and then check again for notices at the trailhead. 

On the trail, make noise by banging hiking poles, talking, whistling, clapping, or singing. This is particularly important around blind bends and corners. You’re through the deep woods during these times, and it’s prime time to sneak up on a bear. Once you’re at the summit, you’re safer as you can see wildlife from afar, but still, don’t let your guard down and keep the bear spray on you just in case.

As always, while hiking, you need to stay alert, travel in a group, mind children and pets, and finally, carry bear spray and know how to use it. If you’ve come to the park without bear spray, Valhalla Pure Outfitters in town sells spray and holders with employees who will demonstrate how to use them properly. 

Besides bears, it’s common to see mountain goats on EEOR and then, of course, marmots. We saw lots and lots of cute marmots!

Things to do in Canmore

policemens creek boardwalk
  • Grab A Beer at the Tavern 1883: Our favorite post-ski ritual is to check out the local bar. It doesn’t matter the season, but to end any day with a local craft beer in the stunning Rockies is the perfect day. The drink and food here are great and we always have a good time.
  • SUP: There is no secret that Canada has some stunning lakes, more than any country in the world. Canmore has a wide selection of waterways itself and there are so many water activities that visitors can do in the area. One of those things that have made its way from the coast is stand-up paddleboarding. Bow Valley Stand Up Paddleboarding has been operating in Canmore for the past five years and offers rentals, lessons, and sales.
  • Grotto Canyon: An easy hike in Canmore that’s good year-round is Grotto Canyon. Even in the winter, this famous canyon with rock art is possible to walk along the frozen creek. In the summertime, it’s popular for families seeking to enjoy the narrow slot canyon and climbers looking to scale its walls. At only 4km in length, you can check this one off the list in an hour or two.
  • Indoor Rock Climbing at Elevation Place: Though rock climbing isn’t for the faint of heart, you don’t have to put your life at risk clinging to a sheer rock face thousands of feet up to experience it. That’s just what they had in mind when they created Elevation Place – the place to go in Canmore to see what the climbing hype is all about. It’s also a great place for expert-level climbers to practice their moves.

Advice on Hikes in the Canadian Rockies

  • If this is your first time hiking in the Rockies take a conservative approach. Pick an adequate hike for your fitness, plan for plenty of time, pack water and food, and don’t be afraid to turn around.
  • For long hikes, set a turn around time at the departure. Any time we set out for an objective I determine a time at which we need to turn around in order to arrive at the parking lot or campsite by dark. I would recommend not hiking in the dark as it’s easy to get lost and it’s not fun in bear country.
  • On that note, always carry bear spray if you plan to hike in the park. We carry ours in the neighborhood and bears have been known to stroll through town and busy parking lots. Always practice wildlife awareness when you’re on a trail, and please give animals space.
  • In regards to times keep in mind your mountain fitness as it’s different than the gym. The low end of the times in this post is a constant fast pace uphill with little to no breaks and a brisk pace downhill. Most hikers should plan for a middle of the road time with the estimated duration.
  • It’s also super important to know that there are limitations and to come prepared. These are very serious mountains and it easy to get in well over your head with life-threatening consequences.
  • Lastly, a GPS tracker could save your life – it’s one of those backpacking essentials I like to have on me just in case I need to hit SOS. Thankfully there is service on EEOR, but on most hikes in the Rockies there isn’t.
  • Alltrails is our favorite app to have on a hike. It shows the correct trail way, elevation, and other hiker reviews. We paid the subscription fee so that we could download all the data we need to our phones. Best $2.50 (per month) ever spent!

What to Wear On a Hike?

The most basic principle of what to wear hiking is layering. Anyone that has spent time in the wilderness or mountains can speak to the fact your temperature can fluctuate a lot on a hike. You can easily start off cool at the mountain base and get hot as soon as you begin moving.

The goal of hiking clothing is to help regulate your body temperature, element protection, and moisture management. Temperature management is best done through a layering system. If you want to learn more about what to pack for a day hike or what to wear on a hike, you can see our full post! 

What To Wear Hiking in The Canadian Rockies

Other Kananaskis Country Hikes

Hiking Piper Pass in Kananaskis
Hiking Piper Pass in Kananaskis

There are many more great hikes in the Kananaskis Country Provincial Park, or you can check out some awesome Banff hikes. Both are home to some of our all-time favorite hikes and scrambles in the region. To learn more, we’ve got an article on our favorite hikes in Kananaskis Country.

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About Cameron

Cameron is a resident of Canmore, Alberta. After traveling the world for six years, he settled down in the beautiful Bow Valley with Natasha. He has been featured as a travel expert with numerous publications worldwide and has spoken on several occasions about the power of travel. He has a passion for all things in the Canadian Rockies and loves to spend his time snowboarding, scrambling, camping, biking, and trail running. Conservation is a deep fundamental in his life, and he aims to inspire others to care about our natural world. You can learn more on the about us page.

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1 thought on “How to Hike the East End of Rundle (EEOR) in Canmore”

  1. Great hike ! The only problem is that it’s marginally marked and one can easy lose the proper path , especially in the final approach to the summit. Someone in Parks Canada can do better work and put some signs to the top. If you don’t have a car you can start hike it from Canmore trough Grassy Lakes and will be 8 km. one way / 1300 m. ascent.


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