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.
A snow curl threatens to fall on Dinah.
View to the east where King Creek cuts through the Opal Range
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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