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Second Gap and Vents Ridge
August 29, 2011
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In search of  a relatively short hike with plenty of variety, we made the rounds on the 28th of August to Second Gap Trail via the Old Pack Trail, then retraced our steps to climb Vents Ridge and return to the Powderface Day Use area off its east end. All this took 4.5 hours and, adding up the printed specifications for each trail, gave a total of 524m elevation gain. Daffern’s descriptions in Vol. 2 of the 4th ed. arefine. I would only add the some additional detail about Second Gap concerning the next move once at the “solitary tree” (GR530370, should you want additional information). The end of the ridge to aim for is WNW on your compass. As ridges go in K-Country it is most petit. Ascend it for roughly 75m and then, at GR530371, look to the left for two old blazes. Follow a vague trail for 20-30m, which then suddenly gains remarkable clarity and continues that way to nearly the end. As for the variety on our trip, we had

quiet forest, bits of bog, steep gravelly zig zag, minor scrambling, and a long downward plunge to the parking lot through miscellaneous aspen, spruce, grass, and shrubbery.

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May 29, 2015
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I was hiking the second gap trail in May of 2015, and noticed yellow and red ribbons marking the whole way. We saw them Where Gillean said the turn off from Powderface trail is, and followed them to Prairie creek, and trail. Only thing was the ribbons don't show the creek crossing so I tried leaping from rock to rock, but fell off a slippery one.
A few days later coming down from the vents on the west trail ( "24A to prairie creek" in Gillean's volume two fourth ed. ) I was happy to see the trail goes to a bridge of two fallen trees crossing Prairie creek. By the way, this is a very nice trail, it has lots of mountain climbers like the other side has, but longer and a bit more loose rock on the trail. I'd say a great hike would be to go up from Powderface creek and back down to Prairie Creek . To avoid the crowds on Powderface I take the old pack trail.

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