Kananaskis Weekend

10:23 a.m. on June 4, 2013 (EDT)
1,357 reviewer rep
1,339 forum posts

Kananaskis is at the south end of the Canadian Rockies, just about an hour from Calgary.

One long weekend, three hikes by the Edmonton Hikers Group. Hike leader, J. Cosco. 

  • Saturday - Old Baldy Ridge, 16km, 865m elevation gain - 7hrs
  • Sunday - Mt. Lady Macdonald, 8km, 917m elevation gain - 8hrs
  • Monday - Red Ridge, 6km, 630m elevation gain - 6hrs.

Nice weather and a good group. If you're headed this way, there are a few nice mountain walks here. 

600_238611682.jpg 

600_238611812.jpg 
600_238611822.jpg 
600_238611842.jpg 
600_238612062.jpg 
600_238612302.jpg 
600_238612632.jpg 600_238613092.jpg
600_238612882.jpg 
600_238757792.jpg 
600_239779002.jpg 
600_238612332.jpg
600_238612452.jpg 
600_238612542.jpg
600_238612762.jpg 
600_238757782.jpg  
600_239029232.jpg 
600_239777692.jpg 
600_239778032.jpg 
600_239779292.jpg 

Photos:

P. Plamondon, M. Mitchell, C. Tang

10:59 a.m. on June 4, 2013 (EDT)
210 reviewer rep
179 forum posts

If I remember correctly, the 4th from last photo is of the "Three Sisters". It has been a long time since I hiked in that area around Banff. Beautiful country, and depending where you go, not too many people.

I remember doing some long hikes in the Ghost River Wilderness area, into the Front Ranges and up the Clearwater River and into the Siffleur area. I didn't see anyone until I hit the highway and made it to the Crossing. They served the best burgers I have ever had!

11:33 a.m. on June 4, 2013 (EDT)
1,357 reviewer rep
1,339 forum posts

That's what it is - good eye. With the town of Canmore below it. 

To get to Siffleur wilderness you drive in the David Thompson Highway through Red Deer and Rocky Mountain House, then through Nordegg and look for the Siffleru River just past the south end of Abraham Lake. The highway enters the Parks just before you hit Saskatchewan Crossing. If you can get into the Parks from there, you'll find them delightfully devoid of tourists once you're clear of the Icefields Parkway. 

The only problem with The Crossing is that it's now strictly a tourist trap for the tour bus customers. Count on Viad to be into ripping everybody off. Coffee and a crappy sandwich will cost you $20, and while gas might be a dollar a litre in Calgary, you'll pay double at Saskatchewan River Crossing. No good reason, other than the greed of the tour bus operators and the people who own the gas station/restaurant. Could the great taste of the burger have anything to do with having been in the bush for so long?

Access to Kananaskis is much farther south, though, just outside Calgary. 

12:11 p.m. on June 4, 2013 (EDT)
210 reviewer rep
179 forum posts

Could the great taste of the burger have anything to do with having been in the bush for so long?

Most likely I was trail hungry, but it was one of those memorable meals I will not forget.

From the Crossing I hiked into Glacier Lake then over Howse Pass. It was pretty spectacular country and I didn't see anyone at all.

The area around Banff has a bad reputation for being touristy, but there are still some fairly isolated areas in the back country where you can find solitude. I am sure some of the valleys can go an entire season without ever experiencing a hiker.

Even with all the tourists who frequent the town sites and highways, you are very fortunate to have so much relatively prestine country to enjoy so close to a major city like Calgary.

Beautiful photos!

12:26 p.m. on June 4, 2013 (EDT)
1,357 reviewer rep
1,339 forum posts

North1 said:

From the Crossing I hiked into Glacier Lake then over Howse Pass. 

 That's a nice hike. An easy walk to Glacier Lake, then some serious work getting through the Howse River pass. You've done some interesting stuff, North 1.

11:58 p.m. on June 4, 2013 (EDT)
0 reviewer rep
368 forum posts

Beautiful area!

1:02 p.m. on June 5, 2013 (EDT)
97 reviewer rep
47 forum posts

Very nice trip. Great photos, thanks for sharing!

2:24 p.m. on June 5, 2013 (EDT)
12 reviewer rep
843 forum posts

cool pictures! still a lot of snow up there. definitely need the zero degree or better bag for this trip!

September 1, 2014
Quick Reply

Please sign in to reply

 
More Topics
This forum: Older: Lake Superior Kayak Trip Newer: Rae Lakes loop in under 2 days.
All forums: Older: Coffee in the backcountry VIDEO Newer: Tragedy at Tahquitz