Partial panorama from our turn-around point

King Creek Ridge
Kananaskis
February 20, 2011

Taking advantage of the incomplete snowshoe trail that we hammered out last week, Dinah and I returned to King Creek Ridge. After reaching our turn-around point from before, we still had to contend with pockets of deep, soft snow, but managed to reach the ridge crest in three hours. Once on the crest, travel was relatively easy. We snowshoed along a semi-open ridge until the trees closed in. At that point we had gained 550 m but the summit was still well over a kilometre away. However, we were content to stop there, so we turned around and headed back down, but not before taking photos of winter scenery under azure skies.


King Creek Ridge: we snowshoed along the ridge until we reached the wooded area in the centre of the ridge.


The steep grade throughout the slope does not lend itself to easy snowhoeing.


Mount Wintour to the south


Snowshoeing through bushes.


Kananaskis Valley below


Another view of the valley as we approach the crest of the ridge.


On the crest with Mount Blane filling the view.


Travel along the ridge


More open ridge


The summit is barely visible between the trees on the left. Mount Hood on the right.

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