I <3 Heart Mountain
When I first moved to Banff I had no intention on spending it scrambling up mountains. But after spending the majority of my day climbing up Heart Mountain I fell in love with hiking.
Hike Time:6 hours
This mountain is located off Highway 1 right as you are approaching Dead Mans Flats on your way to Canmore. There are a few ways of approaching this Hike my preference is to park in the Heart Creek Trail lot. From there I followed the trail for about 1km before you reach a sign pointing to the Heart Mountain Scramble.
Its all up hill from here!
On your way up you are able to follow the switch backs to the top or you can take a walk on the wild side and scramble on the right side of the trail (it's soo much fun!) As you get close to the top make sure to stay more left as you scramble. The right side looks more promising but it will actually take you close to steep cliffs and no where near where you want to be.
Once reaching the top take in the view, have a couple cliff bars and sign into the registry! Who knows when you'll be back. From the top I walked along the ridge all the way to the other side of the mountain. If you choose to go this way you are able to hike down the other side. It is a bit of a scramble but then turns into switch backs. Once you reach the base there is a trail that takes you along the highway back to where you started!