Distance 5.8 km return, height gain 341 m, moderate
This (almost) subterranean climberâ€™s canyon is a terrific choice for stinking-hot days when youâ€™re looking for somewhere cool.
Start: Hwy. 1 (Trans-Canada Hwy.). Heading west, turn off at interchange 89. At the T-junction turn left onto the service road that parallels the highway on the northeast side. Park on the south side of the service road about 100 m east of the Cross Zee Ranch entrance.
Difficulty: Most of the route is on good trail through pine forest with a bit of rockhopping at the end.
Note: Johnny's is a mess! Although it can be followed with difficulty, there is an easier way. Start where described. Gravel from the Stoneworks Creek spillway now extends to the edge of the paved pathway on the north side of the service road. Climb the bank and follow the gravel (easy walking) for about 100m, until Johnnyâ€™s Trail, coming up from the Cross Zee Ranch, becomes visible along the left (west) bank of the spillway. Cross the spillway and follow Johnnyâ€™s Trail northward. A short distance up Johnny's there is a newly-built section of trail along the bank bottom. At the end of this, turn sharp left and head up to the bank top. Follow a good trail for about a kilometre up to a T-junction. Turn right and in 170 m arrive at Johnny's about 350 m below Montane.
- Stoneworks Canyon
Please refer to the trail description in the guidebook, especially for unofficial, off-trail hikes.
Kananaskis Country Trail Guide Volume 3 Trail #67
Trail start: Stoneworks 51.10433N, -115.36028W
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Last updated Oct 9, 2017