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King’s Creek Ridge Hike

Where:

  • Kings Creek Ridge

 

When:

  • June 12, 2021

 

Who:

  • Ed, Rod, Bauer, Erin, Katie, Courtney, Tomonori, Oak, Lisa, Brenda, Mike, Ian, Lisa, Freda, Jacco

 

Trailhead:

  • from Highway 1 turn off onto Highway 40 south
  • travel 50 km (35 minutes) to the parking lot on the left-hand (east) side of the road just before where Highway 40 branches off to Kananaskis Lakes
  • the trailhead starts going along the highway past King Creek and then turning right into the forest

 

 

Degree of difficulty:

  • 775 meters of elevation
  • 7 km round trip
  • after 10 minutes of relatively flat terrain, it becomes a relentless incline for 2 km before it levels off along the ridge for the last 1.5 km
  • the hike took us three and a half hours

 

 

Interesting notes:

  • on the drive out, just before the trailhead, I saw two moose followed shortly after that by four grizzly bears
  • on the hike descent, we stumbled upon eight mountain sheep as Ian and I were using the ‘facilitrees’
  • at the top of the ridge, head past the first (false) summit to the final summit, which is another 200 meters but requires some scrambling on a somewhat narrow ridge
  • there are spectacular 360-degree views at the top of numerous ranges, as well as Kananaskis Lakes, and Fortress Ski Resort way to the north
  • some of the ridges have spectacular rock outcroppings
  • King Creek was named for Millarville rancher Willie H. King who, along with George Pocaterra, searched for coal near Pocaterra Creek in the summer of 1910
  • prior to being named for King, the ridge was referred to as ‘Kiska tha Iyarhe’ (Goat Mountain) by Stoney aboriginals