Distance 9.4 km return, height gain 195 m, fairly easy
An easy trail takes you up Painted Creek to the narrows where you can look at pictographs painted by the Kootenai Indians who lived in the foothills some 400 years ago, the paintings being the successful conclusion of a Vision Quest ceremony.
Start: Highway 541 at Sentinel day-use area.
Difficulty: A flat easy valley walk up Zephyr Creek and good trail to the pictographs. However, you have to wade the Highwood River! Cross the river just upstream of the confluence with Cataract Creek, then cross Cataract Creek to its east bank.
Note: At the Painted Creek junction (cairn) where you turn left and crossed Zephyr Creek to access the rock paintings, there is a little flood damage. Follow cairns across the stones. After this, the trail to the rock paintings has just one minor washout despite its many creek crossings.
- Unfortunately there is now little left of the pictographs.
Please refer to the trail description in the guidebook, especially for unofficial, off-trail hikes.
Kananaskis Country Trail Guide Volume 5 Trail #12A
Trailhead: Sentinel 50.39059N, -114.580513W
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Last updated Nov 20, 2019