Opal Ridge Traverse
South End Traverse from Grizzly Creek
Kananaskis, Al;berta
May 1, 2004

Originally we set off to explore the peaks east of Opal Ridge, but when we encountered bears tracks, we changed our plans.

We hiked up Grizzly Creek using animal trails. The creek follows a deep valley that leads to Rocky Creek Meadows. We started crossing the meadows but when we encountered two sets of fresh bear tracks – a sow with her cub apparently – we decided not to go on. Indeed, the tracks headed toward Grizzly Creek where we had just came from.

Since we risked running into the bears if we returned the same way, we decided to make this a one-way trip. We climbed the east slopes of Opal Ridge and after gaining the ridge followed it to the summit. From the summit, we continued north to reach the direct route up Opal Ridge. Dropping down the other side we reached the trailhead at the gas station and caught a ride back to our car.


We make our way to Grizzly Creek


A chipmunk checks us out.


The narrow confines of Grizzly Creek


A lone tree on a high point along the way


Interesting rock formation


Hiking up snow


On the creek itself but not for long


We're forced to traverse above the creek.


Almost at the meadows. Grizzly Peak behind us.


Large and small bear tracks


Mount Evan-Thomas


Ascending the east slopes of Opal Ridge


On the ridge


A minor loss of elevation along the way


The summit is ahead


Stopping at the summit


82 J/14 Spray Lakes Reservoir

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