I’m a little slow to get this post put together. A lot of time this past week got caught up in the start of the new school year, but I finally have some time to share our most recent trip to the Highwood Pass area in Kananasiks Country.
We hiked Grizzly Ridge on August 10 – the peak of wildflower season this summer, due to the deep snow pack and late melt.There’s a fairly detailed description of the hike in this post from July 2011, the last time we hiked here. The trail is pretty much the same, although we did notice additional trails through the forested section near the front-end of the hike. Also, the section traversing the scree slope is pretty much bare of scree; the hard-packed dirt is a little more difficult to descend, as scree naturally tends to slow your momentum. Finally, the stretch from the crux to the saddle seems to have been slightly re-routed and is a little steeper than in past years.
Here’s a summary of our day in photos, with just a few comments here and there…
At the saddle, we noticed lots of footprints – not bootprints, but something cloven. Mrs. GeoK looked around and spotted a few curious Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep up on the col. Since we were headed up to Grizzly Ridge, we kept our fingers crossed that they’d still be near enough to allow for a few good photos once we gained the additional elevation.
As luck would have it, there were several sheep still hanging about once we reached the ridge top. This photo post includes our best shots. If you don’t want to click through, here’s a repeat posting of one of the big rams…
Total hiking distance today was just over 9 km (Mr. GeoK did another km or two while trying to get some panorama and mountain sheep photos). Net elevation gain was a little over 500 meters. We encountered two or three other small groups of hikers, but figured it would be much busier on the weekend after getting a favourable mention on a Calgary radio station earlier in the week.
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Thanks! My own favourites are the sheep and some of the ones on the way back down, with the puffy clouds in the sky.