Following a snowfall that blanketed much of the area, Dinah and I ventured up Horton Hill, not far from the Kananaskis visitor centre. We brought snowshoes, but left them in the car and hiked up the south ridge without difficulties. There was no trail for the most part, at least none that was apparent under the snow, but the way up was obvious. Large clearings along the way presented good views to the south and made the hike more pleasant than I expected. The bit of deadfall just before the summit wasn’t enough to detract from our overall enjoyment.
In contrast, the next high point on the ridge, Ridge 413572 as it’s called in Kananaskis Country Trail Guide, appeared anything but pleasant. Deadfall and underbrush crammed the steep slope leading to a col before the ridge. Our search for an easy way down proved fruitless. Because of the bushwhacking, along with the added deterrent of snow, it just didn’t appear worth pursuing a treed summit even if it was higher than Horton Hill. Horton Hill seemed enough of a good hike without having to extend it.
From the parking lot on Hwy. 68 just 1.5km off of Hwy. 40, we started up the slope in the background
We immediately passed through a copse of aspen
Mount Baldy behind us
Hunchback Hills lie southeast
The best panoramic view is found halfway up the hill
After the large clearing, we kept left
When we encountered deadfall, we avoided the worst of it by skirting left
Closing in on the top of Horton Hill
A short trail leads to the summit
Dinah stands by the summit cairn. There's even a summit register.
There appeared no easy way down through the deadfall and underbrush
Being entirely treed, Ridge 413572 isn't exactly an alluring objective
82 O/3 Canmore and 82 O/2 Jumpingpound
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