Gypsum Ridge
Kananaskis, Alberta
March 2, 2002

Three decades ago, Gypsum Quarry was abandoned and little remains except for a mining road and scarred earth. It lies just north of Lower Kananaskis Lake. We didn't go to the quarry but summited a nearby unnamed ridge that Andrew Nugara later called "Gypsum Ridge" in his snowshoe book.

Diinah and I parked at the south end of Smith-Dorrien Trail, a couple of kilometres west of the Peninsula day-use area parking lot. After dropping 70 m to cross a drainage, we headed to the ridge. We were fortunate that friends had broken the trail recently. We merely followed in their footprints.

KML and GPX Tracks


A snow curl threatens to fall on Dinah.


View to the east where King Creek cuts through the Opal Range


Kent Ridge


On the ridge


On top of the ridge


Heading back down the ridge


The winter's day casts long shadows.


Looking north down the Spray Lakes corridor


Into the gloom of the trees


82 J/11 Kananaskis Lakes

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