Nihahi Ridge hike

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Nihahi Ridge hike

Distance: 11.4km
Elevation: 706m
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.

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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 hike

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

Charles R Cotton 3 months ago

Such beautiful views! An awesome blend of hiking variety packed into a great morning. The scrambles at the top to the ridge are really exciting. Adds significantly more time, depending how far along the ridge one hikes - can make the out and back up to 20km. Recommend some lightweight grippy gloves. Monitor weather closely as you summit. Rain clouds can roll in quickly and the ridge peaks can provide significant challenges when wet. Make a note of the return trail if you do go up to the ridge summits as it's not clearly marked on the descent. There is a secondary scramble descent from the main trail above the chain rail section that is lots of fun as well.

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TheTick 4 months ago

good strenuous hike. although we did not escape the crowds on this one.

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Johnny T 5 months ago

Nice, short, hard hike. Nihahi ridge is great for a good exercise

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