nihahi ridge scramble

The trailhead for the Nihahi Ridge hike located at Little Elbow Campground, is just an hour’s drive from Calgary via Highway 66 near Bragg Creek. There are great views of east down the Elbow River Valley and west up the Little Elbow River Valley. Traverse up Compression Ridge until 2nd window, then descending the south slope followed by bushwhacking to Powderface Trail. The hike is approximately 4.1 kilometres one-way but that is from the trailhead kiosk west of the campground to the rock scramble near the ridge top. If you are comfortable with scrambling, and walking on an exposed area with loose rocks, you can summit the ridge by hiking another 400 meters. Anita looked like a zombie the entire way up, ashen faced and blank expressioned. A faint trail leaves the main trail and an easy scramble brings you into the Canyon entrance. Considering the steepness, it wouldn’t be pleasant to descend though. Nihahi Ridge dominates the view eastward as Sonny marches up the northeast ridge of Mount Fullerton. The section of ridge between the summit of Nihahi and Compression is some of the best scrambling I’ve done in a while. 4. Climbing up to the ridge is considered a "scramble" with hands on moments, easy rock climbing, and some exposure as you go further along. We made it to the top in just over 3 hours and enjoyed a rest stop under blue skies with virtually no wind. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. Nihahi Ridge Trail is a 7.5 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Kananaskis Improvement, Alberta, Canada that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. Enjoy a short hike to expansive views at the south end of the ridge, or continue the adventure on a tightrope, across the entire length of the ridge. It then takes a quick dive across the open saddle and then straight up the ridge edge. Mount Glasgow is either a 23 km round trip, or part of a four peak traverse just a touch over 25 km. Your email address will not be published. Right before the ridge. Descending back along the ridge to Little Elbow trail. Typical terrain of Nihahi once on the ridge. I speeded up and it took me 50min from the Nihahi Creek to the ridge crest of Nihahi Ridge. So don't miss the turn!Scramble:Most of the way up is hiking until you get to the ridge except there is one spot where you need to scramble up a weakness of a rockband. Nihahi Ridge has two published routes, a hiking trail leading to within 1300’ of the south summit and a scramble route that ascends the south summit and traverses the entire ridge to the north summit with a challenging descent. More open ridge. Nihahi Creek, on the west side of Nihahi Ridge, is a unique hiking adventure in Elbow Valley, Kananaskis Country, Alberta, Canada. It’s the shortest, but to some reason, I didn’t like it. This is the first false summit, Familiar peaks in this area. Your email address will not be published. This involves even longer tedious creek bed walk.. Checking the map, there’s still lots of ground to cover to reach the north end of Nihahi Ridge. Mt. Nihahi Ridge is a 12.7 km out and back trail with 415 metres elevation gain. Nihahi Ridge is a prominent ridge in Kananaskis Provincial park which stretches over 8km long. Many groups start at Nihahi Ridge as foretold in the Book of Scrambles. Indeed, Nihahi follows the Fullerton approach, only instead of mind-numbing boredom along a creek bed, you get to be beaten into semiconsciousness while walking walking on a ridge. It took us about 2 hours up and 1,5h down, but we were in a hurry to get nice light up there and we didn’t really take any breaks. We enjoyed the first section of ridge, but the long middle section was a trudge with many ups and downs with unvarying scenery. Just getting near the base will cost you about 8km though. Gives great views of Nihahi Ridge and the scrambling route up Mount Remus. This time, the objective was a little more ambitious--the complete traverse of both Nihahi Ridge and Compression Ridge in Kananaskis Country. Resting on the summit at 11:00 Scrambles afford full time climbers like myself the opportunity to experience the explosive Canadian Rocky wilderness without always being “on the job”. Fullerton, Nihahi Ridge and Compression Ridge scramble route link-up. About 550 m after the sign you will see another sign (waypoint "Sign 1") where you need to get off the main trail and take the trail to Nihahi. Nihahi Ridge is an easy hike up to this point with one small cliff band Once you get past the lower ridge where the photo above was taken, the going gets a bit trickier. 1. Descending back along the ridge to Little Elbow trail. The official hiking trail is 5km round trip and leads to a scenic viewpoint well below the ridge top. It’s one of those peaks that form the “first row of wall” when looking from the prairie. Rocky edge of ridge as we escape the trees. CLICK BLANK SPACE OR PRESS ESCAPE TO EXIT, Location: Kananaskis Country (Highway 66/68), Note: Winter gate closure from Dec 1 to June 15. Sun, May 15, 2016, 7:30 AM: NIHAHI RIDGE SOUTH SUMMIT'Nihahi' is a Stoney Indian word meaning 'rock'. I was feeling more adventurous and managed to also squeeze the nearby Mt. This was very good for Ascending. 2. Nihahi Ridge/Compression Ridge. A n easy scramble up the northernmost peak in the Glasgow massif. However, the ridge finishes with an enjoyable climb to the summit. As a result, one will also find an endless supply of “scramble” routes offered to various summits in and around the more extensive alpine climbing environs of glaciers, icefields and rock. (Be aware part of this road is closed from Dec 1 to May 14). There is road access to get to the trailhead from May 15th until November 30th. Descending to Nihahi / Compression col, then descend the west slope to Nihahi Creek. Required fields are marked *. It starts off easy enough as you follow a good trail through scree up and around a block that is actually really easy to get around. Because some people from the Rocky Mountain Books WebForum were unable to come on a recent trip up Mount Niles, a second group scramble trip was organized. This involves even longer... 3. A short scramble overcomes the cliff band. The trail climbs steeply through the forest alongside Nihahi Creek with many viewpoints overlooking the valley. We decided to attempt it again on a longer day with our friends Tomoko and Mamiko. We chose to continue hiking up to the south summit. After a bit of debating, I tend to go for option 3, 4, 5, so I would make the final decision at Nihahi/Compression col. And here we go! As 'fun' hikes go, it ranks right up there with Fullerton, which coincidentally lies to the right (south). Nihahi Ridge in the back ground – Hiking with Kids – Kananaskis Country Through the meadow and back into the tree line, you will start climbing again and the trail will start to get a bit rocky. Nihahi Ridge 1. 3. Nihahi Ridge begins with a hike up a good trail and a bit of scrambling to the ridge crest. This is where "hikers" will turn around below the ridge top. The true summit itself can be tagged fairly easily from Powderface Trail and peak-baggers often combine it with a traverse of the nearby Compression Ridge. It's not too hard to figure it out since trail disappears suddenly and the only option left was scramble up the ledge. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is best used from June until October. It’s also longer than it first appears (big surprise). This is the northeast ridge. Glasgow to the west. Nihahi Ridge is located near Kananaskis Alberta. Have to head quite a bit south then loop back to reach the North Point It was officially named in 1922 after the Stoney Indian word equivalent of “rocky”. While tempting to do the tedious part first (Nihahi Ridge), given the length of this scramble, its nice to spend the last 6+ … Higher up on the ridge a nice view of the south end of Powderface Ridge, the north end is an easier ascent. We did this mountain on a beautiful day when just Fullerton and the Nihahi Ridge traverse were in sunlight and everything else was under cloud and rain. I just thought it was strange that there wasn't any cairn.The Rest:No-brainers. 5. Mount Blane on the left and Mount Brock on the right. June 5, 2004. They have installed a wire fence in one section to help keep you on the trail. Many of the people hiking this trail stopped at the first summit as the views from there are also beautiful. Fullerton into the loop. It’s the shortest, but to some reason, I didn’t like it. Unlike Nihahi hike, which is one of my favourite hikes, the traverse is anything but. Ascending partway up Compression Ridge, then traverse to Mount Howard, then descend Howard via Canyon Creek to Powderface Trail. By Posted By: ChrisMarry - Fri Oct 16 02:59:30 UTC 2015 Upside There was nobody going up Nihahi ridge, nice hands-on scrambling and great scree down the west slope if you want an alternative descent. Just before the summit, there’s one avoidable moderate move. A knot of hikers gathered below the chute. Banded Peak, Outlaw, Cornwall and Mt. This way, I had to use head lamp for a good portion of the trip. To the base. But it is in fact a challenging scramble. Unfortunately, the weather steadily deteriorated throughout our trip. POV Nihahi Ridge Climb Compilation Watch in HD!! Nice view of Nihahi Ridge opens up. The trail is easy to follow and I would even consider it a moderate hike up until the first summit. 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