Vent Ridge
Kananaskis, Alberta
May 13, 2017

Sometimes I've climbed Prairie Mountain for a quick workout and wondered about its neighbour, Vent Ridge. Vent seemed like a terribly short trip, but after reading the “highly recommended” loop described in Kananaskis Country Trail Guide, it looked worthwhile. The trip, in fact, holds many interesting features.

It begins on Powderface trail before turning onto Corri Robb trail. A series of switchbacks on the open south slope lead to a climbing crag – a long, gray cliff band known as The White Buddha. A break near the east end of the crag allows non-climbers to easily gain the ridge and reach the summit, a small but distinctive rock outcrop.

After a long stay, Dinah and I headed west, continuing on Corri Robb trail as it meandered through trees before dropping down to hug the base of Prairie Crag on the north side of Vent Ridge. This crag, running diagonally down, is both impressively high and exceedingly long. A few times we thought we reached the end only to realize it continued on, virtually all the way to the bottom of the glen where Prairie Creek flows.

Here, winter persevered: we crossed the firm snow at the bottom and the thick ice over Prairie Creek to reach Prairie Creek trail. The broad and popular trail leads back to the winter gate at the foot of Prairie Mountain.

KML and GPX Tracks


Vent Ridge appears above Powderface trailhead


After hiking 1.3 km up the trail, we turned off onto Corri Robb trail


Looking down at the switchbacks


The White Buddha, a climbing crag, comes into view


The trail runs alongside the crag


Walking under an overhang


At the end of the main crag, we followed a scree trail to the top of the ridge


On the ridge


Standing on the summit


Starting down the west end of the ridge


A switchback cuts into a steep slope


The trail runs across a talus slope before reaching Prairie Crag


Following the trail alongside the crag


The cliffs often towered over us


The crag seemed to never end


Finally we reached a cairn, signaling we were near the bottom


Snow persists at the bottom


We made our way to Prairie Creek


Crossing Prairie Creek


Following Prairie Creek trail


The trail soon climbs giving us a view of the summit we were just on


The trail gains 30 m as it climbs toward Prairie Mountain


Then it drops back down to the creek


82 J/15 Bragg Creek

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