Distance 24.0 km return, height gain 878 m, strenuous
One of the finest ridge walks in K Country was first brought to everyone's attention by Alf Skrastins in the Foothills Wilderness Journal. While easy, it's a long haul on grass, and hiking the ridge in its entirety to Rickert's Pass and returning down Mist Creek trail makes for a very long day indeed.
Start: Hwy. 40 (Kananaskis Trail) at Mist Creek day-use area.
Difficulty: Initially, a very good well-marked trail followed by a good unmarked trail (exploration road) that leads onto Mist Ridge with one minor creek crossing. On the ridge itself the trail is poor on grass with rock. The long return down Mist Creek is easy on good trail.
Note: On the ridge, the trail is occasionally sketchy close to the Pass, in the vicinity of the north peak. The slope has slumped in places, but with some traffic the tread will reform. From Rickert's Pass, aside from a couple of gravel fans and some side creeks being a bit more incised, the trail is fine all the way down.
Please refer to the trail description in the guidebook, especially for unofficial, off-trail hikes.
Kananaskis Country Trail Guide Volume 5 Trail #31
Trailhead: Mist Creek 50.514118N, -114.837177W
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Last updated Jun 8, 2018