Kent Ridge North Summit
The North Summit of Kent Ridge – or “North Kent” as Gillean Daffern simply calls it – can apparently be reached a number of ways, but I chose routes described in the Kananaskis Country Trail Guide. I ascended the gully that runs between the outlier and North Kent, but returned along the outlier.
Starting from the Sawmill day-use area, I started up the trail. (Don't take the newly graded dirt road behind the outhouses, but instead walk a bit north to a metal gate.) This trail is actually part of a network of logging roads that lead to the outlier, provided one is careful to take the correct forks and turns. Otherwise expect to get lost in a maze of bushy roads. Well up the trail, a faint side trail on the right, easily missed if one is not attentive, follows an overgrown road before reaching the spacious meadows below the outlier. From the meadows, I got a good look at the gully as well as the rubbly slopes leading to the summit of North Kent. The trail disappeared when I reached the meadows.
Aiming for the gully, I traversed the meadows above the drainage and lost little elevation. When I reached the gully, I stayed high on the right side where I found firm footing. I hardly set foot in the gully.
Before reaching the col at the top of the gully, I swung right and headed up the open slopes to the summit. After an uninspiring plod to the top, I reached the summit cairn. The register showed only one entry for 2013, just days before the June flood.
Although I had no difficulties ascending the gully to climb North Kent, I looked forward to the scenic ridgewalk over the outlier, void of any bushwhacking and routefinding. Even at the expense of climbing 50 m from the col, it was a fine finish to the trip.
The outlier and North Kent from the Sawmill day-use area
Just past the metal gate, the trail forks. The right fork is filled with rocks from the flood, but the
route for the outlier and North Kent is left.
Flagging and a tiny cairn mark the side trail to a road leading to the meadows
After bushwhacking up an overgrown road, the ascent gully and North Kent came into view
Traversing the meadow was easy at first, but soon I was wading waist-deep in plants.
Coming to the gully
Evidence of recent flooding can be seen in the mud-covered trees and in the fissures on the right
Keeping high above the gully on the right, I found travel generally easy.
What appears to be a boulder in the gully was detritus-covered snow.
I was tempted to take the intriguing right fork (mouse over) but instead continued to the col
The col still appears well in the distance
Well before the col, I swung right and headed to the summit
The outlier and the col
Soft dryas mats give way to rubble
The summit is still about 200 m above me
Mount James Walker
Kent Creek Valley
Heading to the outlier from the col
North Kent from the outlier
Final look back at the outlier and North Kent
82 J/14 Spray Lakes Reservoir
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