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"Wilkinson Ridge"
Kananaskis, Alberta
November 3, 2018

I got the idea of ascending this ridge after seeing it from the East Peak of Pasque a few weeks ago. After researching this ridge, I was surprised to see an attractive approach. Starting from the Pasque Mountain trailhead, it appeared possible to start up a trail – part of the Cataract Creek snowmobile trail network – and then take a side road within reach of the south ridge. A ridgewalk would finish the trip.

Sonny, Zosia and Ali joined me on this adventure. After parking, we walked 200 m up a road and then crossed Wilkinson Creek, hence the name I came up with, Wilkinson Ridge. After covering another 100 m on the road, we turned right onto the snowmobile trail.

The broad trail, which could pass for a road, climbs steeply before cresting at a junction on the edge of a cutblock. We kept right, re-entered the trees, and followed the undulating trail to the side road. Except there was no road, just a swath of downed trees leading to a large cutblock. The side road appeared fine on Google Earth, but had I checked with Planet.com before the trip, I would have learned the road is gone, lost when the southwest slopes were logged.

We crossed the cutblock and reached the south end of the treed ridge. Soon after entering the forest we stumbled upon what was left of the road. We hiked a short distance before leaving it to ascend a strip of meadow on our left. After keeping to grassy corridors in the trees, we reached the crest. We followed the ridge, first treed, then grassy and then finally a narrow stretch of rock.

The summit, marked by a cairn, afforded good views all around. On a nicer day, we would have dallied, but the cold wind pushed us through a quick lunch before we headed back down, retracing our steps.

I wished I had climbed Wilkinson Ridge years ago, when the forest and side road were still intact. But on the plus side, the cutblock offered plenty of views and fairly easy travel. Most importantly, we all enjoyed the trip.

KML and GPX Tracks
Sonny's Trip Report


Wilkinson Ridge seen in the background from the trailhead


Soon after starting up the road we crossed Wilkinson Creek


The snowmobile trail climbs the steep ridge ahead


A clearing reveals a good view of Wilkinson


Sonny and Zosia are happy to hike up the trail


At the top of a rise, we turned right


We could see the ridge we'll ascend


Continuing up an undulating trail


We left the trail here and started along a narrow cutblock, what had been a road


Looking back after entering the main cutblock


We made our way to the end of the ridge on the far right


Looking south at East Peak of Pasque and Pasque Mountain


After reaching the end of the ridge we came across a section of road untouched by logging


We left the road at a meadow


We followed grassy corridors to the ridge crest

From the crest we could see the cutblock we crossed


The cramped ridge offered a couple of tight spots at first


We had a good view of the valley


The ridge transitions to grass


Looking back from a cairn on the ridge


The rocky summit appears ahead


Looking back along the ridge just before reaching the summit


Me, Sonny, Zosia and Ali standing on top of Wilkinson Ridge


82 J/2 Fording River

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