Muley Ridge and Carry Ridge
Short on time but longing for exercise we drove to the edge of Kananaskis Park just past Turner Valley. We followed the route outlined in Mike Potter's Ridgewalks, what he calls Entrances Ridges. We hiked up Muley Ridge and then traversed a saddle to Carry Ridge. After reaching Carry's summit, we continued on a short distance; we were tempted to ascend John Ware Ridge but time did not permit. We headed back along Carry Ridge before following a fence line back.
This is not a trip one does for scenery. Views were limited because of trees. Even when we reached a clearing there was little to see as peaks were too distant. Nonetheless, we shared the trail with no one and enjoyed the solitude. There was little elevation gain but the deep snow that prevailed in the valley provided a good workout.
A hawk takes flight from a tree top
Less than ten minutes after setting off we get here. Carry Ridge is in the
background while the ascent ridge is in the foreground.
After ascending 30 m above the trailhead we lose it all when we reach the creek
The end of Muley Ridge is open but the rest, we learned, is treed
Little scenery can be seen from the ridge crest
We start up Carry Ridge from the saddle
On Carry Ridge
John Ware Ridge in the distance
Heading back along Carry Ridge
Most of our postholing took place on our return in the valley
82 J/9 Turner Valley