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Rainy Summit Ridge
Kananaskis, Alberta
November 17, 2012

Rainy Summit Ridge – really, the southeast end of Powderface Ridge – provides a pleasant alternative to the often congested Prairie Mountain. Dinah and I attempted the route described in the Kananaskis Country Trail Guide, but briefly lost the trail due to the snow covering. But a bit of bushwhacking had us back on track. Once we regained the trail we had no trouble following it to below the summit. Here the snowy, steep slopes were too slippery to tackle head-on, so we zigzagged up to the top. There we were buffeted by strong winds, and we soon retreated back down the mountain. On our return, we stayed on the trail. Although it wasn't the same trail in the guidebook, it served us well and was easy to follow.

KML and GPX Tracks


The trailhead


A few minutes after heading west from the trailhead, we found the road


Bushwhacking


On the trail


On the rocky ridge


The rocky ridge extends for quite a ways


The trail after leaving the ridge


Behind in the foreground, we can see Mustang Hills


There's the summit


We had to drop down a bit before ascending the summit


After angling right we came across a minor cliff band (mouse over to look back) but we angled left and went up a treed slope instead


Moose Mountain from the summit


Heading down from the summit


82 J/15 Bragg Creek


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