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Rainy Summit Ridge
Kananaskis, Alberta
November 17, 2012

Rainy Summit Ridge – really, the southeast end of Powderface Ridge – provides a pleasant alternative to the often congested Prairie Mountain. Dinah and I attempted the route described in the Kananaskis Country Trail Guide, but briefly lost the trail due to the snow covering. But a bit of bushwhacking had us back on track. Once we regained the trail we had no trouble following it to below the summit. Here the snowy, steep slopes were too slippery to tackle head-on, so we zigzagged up to the top. There we were buffeted by strong winds, and we soon retreated back down the mountain. On our return, we stayed on the trail. Although it wasn't the same trail in the guidebook, it served us well and was easy to follow.

Postscript: We returned in July 2019 to find there was now an easy trail to follow all the way to the summit.

KML and GPX Tracks

The trailhead

A few minutes after heading west from the trailhead, we found the road


On the trail

On the rocky ridge

The rocky ridge extends for quite a ways

The trail after leaving the ridge

Behind in the foreground, we can see Mustang Hills

There's the summit

We had to drop down a bit before ascending the summit

After angling right we came across a minor cliff band (mouse over to look back), but we angled left and went up a treed slope instead

Moose Mountain from the summit

Heading down from the summit

82 J/15 Bragg Creek

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