Last Sunday we headed out to Highwood Pass in Kananaskis Country; this is our all-time favourite area for hiking and we wanted to place more caches in the area of Arethusa Cirque to encourage geocachers to come out to this "trail". While you don’t get any of the really big views you would enjoy from a ridge walk, this 5 km loop requires only about 300 meters gain to access 2 waterfall; a beautiful meadow that’s carpeted with wildflowers well into late July / early August; and a great variety of ancient ocean bed fossils. The trail passes the entrance to 3 different cirques (only the middle cirque – Arethusa – is named) and provides access to the base of Mount Arethusa should you wish to hike up (and possibly over into Ptarmigan Cirque).
This is any easy one for the kids and they’ll enjoy the multiple creek crossings, waterfalls, pond, walking along the edge of the creek / talus field and spotting fossils.
Access is via Highway 40, a few km southeast of the Highwood Pass day use area. Parking is not marked and there are no facilities. Watch for new geocaches to be published in the next few days.