This trail is not for beginner hikers. You start off climbing right after you cross the creek from the parking lot, and you climb and climb for about 2km. The grade is steep and trail is composed of rather loose gravel/scree. That was not a big problem when going up, but down was a very unpleasant and scary at times experience. Once you get to the ridge the trail levels off and you walk along the ridge sour ended by breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains and the Kananaskis lakes.
The views are well worth the grouping climb and descent.
From Calgary take Highway 1 west to the Nakiska exit. Follow signs for the ski hill. Go 40km on that highway till you reach the winter gates. There is a sign indicating a left turn into the King's Creek parking lot. You have to cross the creek and follow the trail up. We didn't want to get our shoes wet so we walked on the highway to cross the creek and started following the path. There are no signs indicating the start of a trail but it's clearly visible and easy to follow. But do pay attention on the way down. It's a bit tricky sometimes to follow it on the way back
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Posted By: ChrisMarry
- Sat Dec 05 03:47:41 UTC 2015
UpsideThis is really nice hike with beautiful views on the range in the background. DownsideNone CommentEdwards Rating: I (I) S S
3.5 to 5.5 hours
Elevation of 746 m NET, 776 m TOT & max 2442 m
Perfect early/late season or winter hike
We did that hike in winter conditions at the very end of November and even though it was physically demanding with over 3 feet of snow sometimes and no snowshoes on a steep slope, we really enjoyed the challenge and the peaks behind that ridge have impressive shapes: Mount Hood, Block, Blane and Burney. We walked along the ridge from its very beginning, making our own route most of the time (easy bushwhacking) and borrowing some good animal trails when possible. There were a lot of tracks everywhere, but we only saw a deer on the ridge. We didnâ??t like the last portion of the ridge that was narrower for 2-3 steps as it was a bit slippery with a bit of exposure but it was not that bad after all. This would have been no problem at all in dry conditions for sure. If you have snowshoes, you definitely want to use them that late in the year.