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Rainy Summit Ridge
Kananaskis, Alberta
July 27, 2019

When Dinah and I first hiked Rainy Summit Ridge in late 2012, it took 3.5 hours. Back then, when the trail only went partway, we were hampered by routefinding as well as snow. But now a trail runs all the way to the top, and in dry conditions, it's a quick trip.

We parked at a pullout on Highway 66, on the rise before Forgetmenot Pond. We could have walked down the highway a bit to catch the dirt road, but instead, we crossed the meadow and intersected it before it entered the trees. Soon after, the road forks and we kept left. We followed the road until it ended and a single track began. After that, we stuck to the trail all the way to the summit.

Despite being relatively short, we found the trail engaging. It follows a rocky spine and crosses a couple of clearings, before climbing steeply to the bare summit. Here our solitude was broken. Two groups were already on top with another group on the way from Powderface Ridge. We were also met with a blustering wind, strong enough to make one stumble. We stayed long enough to take some photos and then skedaddled back down.

KML and GPX Tracks


From the pullout, we crossed the meadow to find a road


Chunks of trees apparently placed on the road to discourage offroading


Going up the road after taking the left fork


The road ends and a single track begins


A red squirrel gnaws on a pine cone


Huge burls encircle a tree near the trail


The trail follows a rocky spine for a time


Afterwards the trail flattens out


Going up a meadow dotted with wild flowers


Forgetmenot Mountain and Forgetmenot Ridge


The summit appears ahead


The trail dips back into the woods and then starts climbing


We hiked up a semi-open slope before reaching the summit


A Canadian flag fluttered from a pole on the top


82 J/15 Bragg Creek

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