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    Vision Quest Ridge Trail

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    4.1 km
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    700 m
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    Vision Quest Ridge Trail

    The Vision Quest Ridge hike near David Thompson Hwy is a short challenging hike. The trail up is quite steep, but the views once you go above the treeline are breathtaking! This trail also leads to the site that is believed to have held a spiritual meaning to former inhabitants of the surrounding areas.

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    Route Description for Vision Quest Ridge Trail

    The Vision Quest Ridge hike might seem easy by just looking at the numbers, but don’t be fooled. This trail is quite steep and the terrain here is quite difficult, so come prepared: hiking boots with good grip and ankle support is a must and we strongly advise on wearing hiking gloves and having poles with you.

    After parking your car near the Cline waste transfer site, you’ll see the trailhead looking towards the north along the fence. The elevation will increase steadily all the way to the top and you will notice that very early into your scramble. The terrain here is difficult and you will be walking mainly on shale rock and rubble.

    It won’t take you long to leave the tree line (around 15 minutes of hiking) and stunning views to Lake Abraham and the surrounding areas will open up. These views will lead you all the way to the top! The visible path will end here, and from now on you will have to choose the path yourself. Just aim to follow the ridgeline.

    Soon you will see the fake summit in front of you. As you approach, the view to the real summit will open too, but not until almost reaching the top of the fake summit.

    Once at the top of the false summit, you will see the even plot of land where you can rest a little (or put a tent!) and the real summit won’t look too far away from here. Lots of hikers chose to end their scramble here. Don’t forget to sign into the summit register!

    The path to the real summit is quite the challenge and is advised for experienced scramblers only, so be careful when deciding on whether your final destination of the scramble is the real or fake summit.

    Retrace your footsteps back once you’ve reached the top (regardless if it’s fake or real summit). Be very careful, as the descent will put up even more challenge – it’s almost impossible not to slip on slate rock and rubble.

    Insider Hints for Vision Quest Ridge Trail

    • Stay at Aurum Lodge or one of the numerous campsites along the Abraham Lake
    • Arriving from Calgary? Make your way through Icefields Parkway instead of Red Deer – the distance is similar, but Icefields Parkway is way more scenic!
    • Here’s the secret – what is called the ‘real summit’ on this hike is actually not that ‘real’! There are at least 10 summits along this ridge and some very experienced scramblers go even further. This trail is very long, unmarked and gives the new meaning to the word ‘challenging’ on the Vision Quest Ridge’s hike.

    Getting to the Vision Quest Ridge Trail Trailhead

    From David Thompson Resort, go north until you reach a small road on your left. Take this turn and drive until you reach the waste transfer site, where you can leave your car.

    Route Information

    • When to do

      May - October

    • Backcountry Campsites


    • Pets allowed

      Yes - On Leash

    • Family friendly


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    • Route Type

      Out and back

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