The hike to Raspberry Ridge provides great views in all directions. But effort is required as it ascends 645 m. 400 of which are in the last 850 meters. It's a classic lookout hike.
You can see Mt. Burke to the east with the old Cameron Lookout.
At about 3.7 km the trail leaves the gravel road and becomes steep. The old fireroad trail is still visible but is being reclaimed as a trail. Note we tried to find the access to Fireroad trail on the way down but could see it from the ridge.
Raspberry Ridge is an active firelook, hike is described in Mike Potter's book of "Fire Lookout Hikes'
Beware of the wind once you go over the ridge.
Trail head is unmarked gated road to the west off Forestry trunk road (940), 1.7 km north of entrance to Cataract creek campground and 11.4 km south of the three way junction of higways 40, 940 and 541.
From the parking lot head west past the gate, then almost immediate take another right onto the snowmobile trail past another gate. Don't follow the road which looks like the easier route.
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Posted By: drunknsnoshu
- Fri Jan 13 17:44:32 UTC 2017
UpsideGreat snowshoeing trail with good snow, spectacular views, varied terrain, beautiful forest, multiple summit options. Route finding is pretty easy too once you navigate the first section. The trail starts to the right of the logging road about 50m past the gate, climbs somewhat parallel to the road for a while then turns fairly sharp right. stay right and ascend west through the trees. DownsideThe drive out to this trail in winter can be treacherous. There are often people snowmobiling in the area, often in areas they're not supposed to. CommentAnother excellent snowshoe trail, often overlooked as it's not in most of the snowshoe guidebooks. Drive safe.
Posted By: mark3107
- Mon Jun 28 03:51:39 UTC 2010
UpsideEasy to navigate and wide double track for the first 3.5km DownsideA steep straight up climb with very little in the way of switchbacks with a 300m elevation gain in 1 km. CommentA short hike with great views. A good start of the season hike as it is comparatively low in elevation compared to others. Mount Burke was still covered in snow when we did this hike on June 8.
Posted By: Rafal
- Mon Oct 15 19:38:00 UTC 2007
UpsideExcellent trail (easy to moderate then some part difficult) to take a hike in less than 5 hours. Very good and detailed description left by "sdecarie". CommentThis trail is close to Calgary, only 128 km. Hiked on Saturday, October 13, 2007. Trail conditions: perftect, dry surface. It should be on hiker's list who like to explore southern part of Kananaskis Country (south of Highwood House Jct.)