Panorama from the Nihahi Ridge hike near Kananaskis and Canmore
Panorama from the Nihahi Ridge hike near Kananaskis and Canmore

Nihahi Ridge hike

Bragg Creek and Sheep River
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Nihahi Ridge hike

Distance: 7.1mi
Elevation: 2,316ft
Time: 3-4h

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This hike has it all, starting in the forest before traversing a beautiful grassy meadow then gaining elevation in the alpine as climb the ridge. The views are spectacular throughout the hike.

Nihahi Ridge hike Map

Getting there

Take Highway 66 until it terminates (about 40 minutes from Calgary). Be aware that this road is closed from Dec. 1 to May 15. Park at the Little Elbow Campground.

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When to do

May 15 - October

Backcountry Campsites

Yes

Toilets

Yes

Family friendly

No

Route Signage

Average

Crowd Levels

Moderate to High

Route Type

Out and back


Nihahi Ridge
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Route Description for Nihahi Ridge

From the car, take the gravel road that follows the Elbow River until you exit the campground. You should now see signage marking the trail to the right. The start of the hike will take you through beautiful forest full of spruce and fir before exposing a grassy meadow with its gorgeous wild flowers after about 45 minutes.

Looking west across the meadow we can see the ridge, follow the established trail as it loops through the trees as you begin to gain elevation. Don’t forget to look down as trail turns to the rock of the ridge, as the views down of the Little Elbow River Valley are spectacular.

As you work your way up the ridge, the trail will become more steep and more dangerous. There is a brief section of guard fencing to ensure you stay on the trail. Before long as you quickly gain altitude, you will reach a large buttress which marks the end of the official trail. At this point we recommend you take it all in, savor the views and head back using the same trail.

Insider Hints

  • For those expert hikers, there is the opportunity to summit the ridge, in which you will face two short but technical scrambles, this part of the hike is technically beyond most hikers.

  • This is a very popular hike, we recommend starting early to beat the crowds.

Comments

chloehikes 4 weeks ago

Gorgeous hike but I'm glad I got an early start. The way down was the busiest trail I've ever experienced. If you're going on a weekend go early and you'll be fine

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zero2ultra 10 months ago

Beautiful Hike. Feels very secluded, we only saw a couple of people on our way down. Plenty of great photo opportunities as well as some steep sections to challenge your hiking skill. Easy to miss the path back on your descent, make a note when ascending of where you come from after the railing section (We missed it on the way down and found another group who had as well).

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alexjensen 10 months ago

I'd say bring your bikes to cruise through the campground faster and lock em to a tree, but my girlfriend and I had a great time out here. You can kind of choose how far along the ridge you climb. The views are awesome the whole way. She's not a big scrambler so we didn't summit the somewhat intimidating-looking buttress, but still a great one.

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MayP 10 months ago

Sensational scenery of wildflowers and green meadows.

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PeterHopkins 10 months ago

The grassy meadow looks spectacular. It was a great experience.

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Emma Tree 11 months ago

Very scenic but heavily trafficked. Easy access to restrooms and lots of nice spots to rest and enjoy some picnic.

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Grant Ko. 11 months ago

It's fun to do this hike, you will experience beautiful Canadian nature, adventure and endless spectacular views.

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Rebekah L. 11 months ago

Great little walk along the grassy meadow. Went there a few months ago and there were very few people. Enjoyed taking pictures of the river valley.

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Diana C. 11 months ago

The valley was gorgeous with its flowering trees, lush green meadows, and staggeringly gorgeous views.

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LyleM 12 months ago

The trail is flat until the last 150 meters. It can be quite challenging but knowing the views at the top makes it worth it!

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