HIKE - LEVEL : Intermediate and Advanced
Coordinator: Paul Ruchlewicz
Elevation Gain: 750m
Difficulty Rating: Moderate
Maximum Group Size: 8
Minimum Group Size: 5
You are STRONGLY encouraged to read this page in its entirety before signing up. If you'd like to attend, we ask that you abide by EVCC rules and procedures.
Carpool Departure (please wear masks): 8:30 AM or meet 10:00 AM at trailhead.
King Creek Ridge is a short but steep hike and offers great views of the Kananaskis Valley.
Along the way there are several excellent vantage points where we get to revel in views of Mt. Wintour and the vertically tilted strata of the Opal Range. To the south there are views of the Kananaskis Lakes and the glaciated Mt. Joffre.
Once we summit, if conditions are good we may drop down east from between two summit knolls to the saddle between King Creek Ridge and Mt. Hood. This portion of the trip will include steep hiking and may need the icers for our descent.
We'll follow the north branch of King Creek to the river fork and back through the King Creek Canyon. The Loop would only be attempted if it's safe to do so and everyone is comfortable/ experienced in attempting this steep descent.
Required Items to Bring:
Ankle supported Hiking Boots
Micro Spikes/Icers - in case of icy trails
Wick away undergarments
Warm fleece, Rain pants
Gaiters - if you have them
Food and Snacks
SPOT or InReach if you have one (you are encouraged to get one of these if you don't have one)
Matches and lighter
Small first aid kitEvent Directions to trailhead:
Take Highway #1 westbound and exit onto Highway #40 South. The trailhead is 45.8 km past the Kananaskis Country entrance on the east side of the highway just before the Highwood Pass winter gates. There is a parking lot on the left hand side of Hwy 40 S before the gates and if it's open you can park there. If not then park on the side of the road.
We encourage all members to follow our Etiquette Guidelines and our COVID-19 Policy at all times while participating in EVCC events.
Since this is one of the first off-season activities by EVCC, we are currently in the process of reviewing the club policies and the best way to set up the winter events, therefore the details of this event are subject to undergo a change at any point in time.