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On Sunday (June 16) I hiked up Nameless Valley to Nameless Ridge (Kananaskis Country Trail Guide third edition volume 2 page 21) and decided it was time to name this ridge! Starting point is about 13 km south of Highwood Pass (road opened last Saturday).
I found the old forestry road (grassy track) very overgrown and had to stoop through the branches of the trees along the way. Saw signs of a small black bear up Nameless Valley, and at the col the paw prints disappered over the hill, across the snow drifts into the valley below. No snow on the route, and along the ridge. Huge drifts along the east side of the ridge.
I chose to stick to the eastern ridgeline all the way down to the treeline (guidebook suggests you bear slightly right higher up) so never connected with the old forestry trail. A short slog down through the forest brought me out onto the highway. Plenty of vehicles including a long procession of BMWs - the Highwood Valley is well and truly open for business.
A great circuit and highly recommended. A very easy way to reach a spectacular viewpoint of Mist Mountain which appropriately was half hidden in the swirling mist.
It would be great if this ridge had a name. I vote for "Snowdrift Ridge" thanks to the huge drifts all the way along the eastern ridgeline. Anything has to be better than "Nameless" for this great hiking route.
December 8, 2008
Another name for nameless is innominate. There is an Innominate Tarn in the English Lake District and an Innominata Ridge on Mont Blanc. Ridge sans nom, Ridge Inconnu. Any other ideas?
I’ll be writing up this trip in volume 5 of the KCTG, so thanks for the latest info on the state of the logging road PH.
I agree that this ridge should have an evocative name, rather than some version of "nameless". This is the Misty Range. The ridge lies between Mist Ridge, Mist Creek and Mist Mountain. Storm Mountain is also in this range. How about something on the Mist/Storm theme. Or better yet, how about something sunny and cheerful as a counterpoint to the Mist/Storm theme. It will be an unofficial name in any event, so it might as well be a nice one.
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