Kent Ridge North Summit
Kananaskis, Alberta
July 27, 2013

The North Summit of Kent Ridge – or “North Kent” as Gillean Daffern simply calls it – can 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, look for a faint side trail on the right that's easily missed if one is not attentive. It 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.

GPX and KML Tracks


The outlier and North Kent from the Sawmill day-use area


Just past the metal gate, the trail forks. Keep left to reach the outlier and North Kent.


Orange flagging and a tiny cairn mark the side trail to a road 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


Looking back


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


The summit


Mount James Walker


Kent Creek Valley


Heading to the outlier from the col


North Kent seen from the outlier


Looking along the length of Kent Ridge


Final look back at the outlier and North Kent


82 J/14 Spray Lakes Reservoir

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