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    Avion Ridge Scrambling Trail

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    Very Hard
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    8 - 10 h
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    24.1 km
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    1,496 m
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    Avion Ridge is an exciting hike with an option to hit a summit on the way. This is a rewarding trip with a lot of elevation gain and some easy-to-moderate scrambling. You’ll get great views along the ridge as you make your way across, admiring the stunning panoramas.

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    Route Description for Avion Ridge Scrambling Trail

    From the parking lot, look for the trail sign indicating the path to Avion Ridge. You’ll need to look for signs for the Snowshoe Trail and Newman Peak as these appear before Avion Ridge. Leave the parking area, joining the Snowshoe Trail, and follow this through the forest. At both 2.3 km and 3.3 km, you will come across junctions for Mount Glendowan on the right. Stay on the main trail.

    Gain elevation as you scramble up some rock bands towards the objective ridge. About 1.0 km past a small lake, you will come to a junction for Newman Peak at a col. The summit of Newman Peak is a 500 m detour that you can choose to take or not. We highly recommend this detour for views and solitude. Return to the junction and continue along the ridge for roughly 2km to Avion Ridge. Enjoy the incredible views and surrounding peaks before turning back.

    Remember, there isn’t a distinct end to this trail as it is connected to many others in the area. Find a point on the ridge as far as you feel comfortable, then turn around to make your return.

    Getting to the Avion Ridge Scrambling Trail Trailhead

    To get to Avion Ridge from the town of Waterton, head northeast on Highway 5 past the park gates and turn left onto the Red Rock Parkway. Follow the parkway until you reach the parking area at the end of the road. Many trails start from here, so find the trail sign in the parking lot before departing.

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      Yes - On Leash

    • Family friendly


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    • Route Type

      Out and back

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