Read's Ridge and Read's Tower
Kananaskis Country Trail Guide
October 29, 2011

Read's Tower is a short trip with decent views, leastways when the surrounding peaks are under snow. Dinah and I had driven past Read's Tower enough times to wonder how it stacks up as a hike.

From the Sparrowhawk parking lot, we found the trailhead easily and started up an obviously popular trail. From this trail, a side trail leads to Read's Ridge; it can't be missed as it's marked by a large cairn and a plethora of blue flagging. The trail climbs steeply to the treeless crest of Read's Ridge. The summit of Read's Ridge, though, barely registers as a bump. The real prize, of course, is Read's Tower, 300 m higher.

The broad expanse of the ascent slope offers little in the way of changing scenery, so our climb seemed slow, but we eventually got to the summit, carefully keeping clear of the snow cornice which hid a precipitous drop. The wind and the cold dissuaded us from staying long, however, and we soon started back down.

Perhaps we'll return to Read's Tower on a warm day in summer and enjoy a leisurely stay on the summit. But I doubt it.

KML and GPX Tracks


On the trail, Read's Ridge and Read's Tower above


Above the treeline


Following Read's Ridge to Read's Tower


Heading to the summit of Read's Ridge


Looking back along the ridge


On top of Read's Ridge, such as it is.


Dinah starts up the Tower (mouse over to zoom back)


Spray Lakes stretches south


Steep grade up the west slope


The slog to the summit


Another view of Spray Lakes


Summit cairn ahead


Summit block of Mount Sparrowhawk


On top of Read's Tower


View from Read's Tower (note the wind is kicking up snow)


82 J/14 Spray Lakes Reservoir

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