Centennial Pass and Mount Allan Summit
The Centennial Pass and Mount Allan Summit is the highest maintained trail in the Canadian Rockies. It’s a true pinnacle with great views and a nice alpine hike along the way. Bring lots of water as you’re exposed most of the day. The Trail is closed from April to late-June each year.
Take Highway 40 towards Nakiska and turn off on Mt. Allan Drive. Take the first left, the turnoff for the Delta Hotel and then quickly your first right on Ribbon Creek Rd. Park in the lot at the end.
|When to do|
June through October
Out and back
Centennial Ridge and Mount Allan is a great hike to test your endurance and get a beautiful view of a high summit. This trail can be done as a through hike from Dead Mans Flats, though we prefer the up and back from the Ribbon Creek parking lot.
Before you head off, make sure you have plenty of water. There is none on the hike and you are exposed most of the way. We’ve experienced many people running out of water, making this route harder than it already is.
From the parking lot, go north on Hidden Creek Trail for 300m and take the hard-left turn to follow the path. There are occasional trails that veer off, however the path is well signposted. Follow the trail and it will lead you out of the trees where the ascent of Centennial Ridge begins 2.6km from the trailhead.
As you ascend the ridge, beautiful views unfold to your left. Eventually on the top you can look down at some of the slopes of Nakiska Ski Hill, home of the 1988 Olympic Alpine Ski events. The ridge walk continues, with new and magnificent sights as you ascend. A highlight of this route is the unique rock formations known as the Rock Garden roughly 6.0km from the trailhead (2480m). This is a wonderful place for a lunch, and some welcome shade.
The route through the rock garden offers many alternatives and the occasional use of hands, though no true exposure. Coming out of the rock garden it is a 240m gain to the summit. This is another great location for a break, with astounding views in all directions.
The descent is the same route you came up.
This trial is closed annually from April 1st to June 21st for wildlife.
Bring a lot of water. You’re working hard and there is little shade. We typically take 6L of water per person on warm days.
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