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“Bluerock Knob”
Kananaskis, Alberta
November 3, 2012

Since Dinah was recovering from a knee injury, a long hike was out of the question; we decided to do a half-day hike in the Sheep River area. “The Knob,” as it's called in the 4th edition of the Kananaskis Country Trail Guide, is reached by starting from Bluerock Campground.

We followed a rib on the right side of a gully to reach the open slopes above the campground. At the top of the ridge, we took a trail to a viewpoint. Beyond the viewpoint there were no trails, no human ones anyway, but there are some excellent animal paths. After dropping down a bit, the terrain resolved into a minor ridge not seen on the map. Sticking close to the top, we encountered extensive deadfall, but as we learned on our return, this deadfall can be completely avoided by using an animal trail a bit south. If you are ascending, detour well left of the logs and you should hit this trail.

When the ridge disappeared into the slope, we hiked up and through deadfall. This time we climbed over downed trees that appeared unavoidable. After that we encountered little deadfall or underbrush in the forest. Although we were tempted to gain the ridge, we stayed low and contoured along the slope. Fortunately this proved easy because of a good animal trail – or I should say a series of disconnected trails that we pieced together – that neatly traversed all the way to a gully below the summit. After hiking up the semi-open gully, The Knob was just a few minutes away.

The bare summit rises above the forest to provide ample views of the surrounding mountains, and the scenery didn't disappoint. Mountains to the west such as Mount Burns were under snow, while eastward, Mount Ware and Forgetmenot Mountain still enjoyed dry slopes. On our way back to the viewpoint, we stuck to the animal trails when possible. Because of those trails, the trip was easier and more enjoyable than I expected.

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View from Bluerock Campground: we ascended the open slopes on the right and traversed left to the viewpoint


Hiking up the open slopes


Mount Hoffman lies east


Shunga-la-she is west


Following a path on the ridge


Mount Burns seen from the viewpoint


The Knob lies ahead


On the descent, we found an animal trail that avoided this deadfall


Uprooted tree


We followed animal trails that traversed the slope


The trails led to this gully


The gully tops out with a view of the summit


The summit is on the right


Heading to the summit


Looking back


The summit appears to be a pile of boulders

Mount Ware


Forgetmenot Mountain stretches across the skyline


Green Mountain


Johnson Creek Ridge


On the summit. Bluerock Mountain in the background


82 J/10 Mount Rae

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