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View from the north end of Indian Graves Ridge

Indian Graves Ridge
Kananaskis Country Trail Guide
January 7, 2012

With mild-winter weather persisting and producing relatively dry conditions in the foothills, Dinah and I decided to traverse Indian Graves Ridge. The ridge isn't a grave endeavour but rather an enjoyable ridge walk. Although the central portion of the ridge is treed (we passed over the summit without realizing it), it is open to the sky at both ends.

After reaching the north end of the ridge, we turned westward to hike to a high point in Willow Creek Hills. After dropping down to the creek that separates Indian Graves Ridge from Willow Creek Hills, we started up a road with the intention of making our way to an old well site. However, knee-deep snow persuaded us to well abandon our plans to visit the abandoned well. We post-holed to the ridge crest and headed to the high point.

We weren't the first to reach the top that day. A deer peered at us through the trees before bounding away. After reaching the high point we had doubts that this was the highest point in the Willow Creek Hills. The map in the Kananaskis Trail Guide shows a triangle here, but after studying the NTS map, the highest hill appears to be a few klicks to the northwest. Apparently the triangle marks a viewpoint, an open ridge a short distance from the treed high point.

From the viewpoint, we started heading south. At first we stayed on a ridge, but clearings in the forest dictated we follow the valley bottom instead. The grassy valley, bearing few trees, turned out to be a pleasant hike, and it led us to roads which we followed back to our car.

KML and GPX Tracks


Indian Ridge viewed from a high point southeast


Starting off from the gated road east of the bridge


Heading to the ridge crest


Looking back


Hiking along the crest


Willow Creek Hills on the left


Looking west at Sentinel Peak (mouse over for a close-up)


The view east


The central portion of the ridge is mostly treed


Heading to the summit of Indian Graves Ridge


From Indian Graves Ridge we headed to Willow Creek Hills


In the valley, we went to the road winding through the trees


On the road


On the crest going to Willow Creek Hills viewpoint


From the viewpoint, views are confined to the south


Following the valley bottom


We were surprised to see so many tracks in the road


Passing by some striking rocks (mouse over for another view)


Almost back at the south end of Indian Graves Ridge


82 J/8 Stimson Creek and 82 J/1 Langford Creek

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