It's not too hard to figure it out since trail disappears suddenly and the only option left was scramble up the ledge. Nice view of Nihahi Ridge opens up. It’s one of those peaks that form the “first row of wall” when looking from the prairie. To the base. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is best used from June until October. Nihahi Creek, on the west side of Nihahi Ridge, is a unique hiking adventure in Elbow Valley, Kananaskis Country, Alberta, Canada. Descending back along the ridge to Little Elbow trail. Nihahi Ridge 1. Considering the steepness, it wouldn’t be pleasant to descend though. It’s the shortest, but to some reason, I didn’t like it. With dark clouds threatening to rain on our parade we kept up the blistering pace and soon we were at the crux rock fin. I marked "Scramble Up" on the map. As 'fun' hikes go, it ranks right up there with Fullerton, which coincidentally lies to the right (south). There is road access to get to the trailhead from May 15th until November 30th. Just before the summit, there’s one avoidable moderate move. I marked "Scramble Up" on the map. Appropriately, the trail climbs from the Little Elbow Campground towards the official start of the While tempting to do the tedious part first (Nihahi Ridge), given the length of this scramble, its nice to spend the last 6+ … The trail climbs steeply through the forest alongside Nihahi Creek with many viewpoints overlooking the valley. June 5, 2004. Thus I settled with a high point.Approach:Well just follow a road go through campground. This is the northeast ridge. I have been on the summit of Nihahi Ridge. The trail is easy to follow and I would even consider it a moderate hike up until the first summit. This is the first false summit, Familiar peaks in this area. It starts off easy enough as you follow a good trail through scree up and around a block that is actually really easy to get around. Scrambles - Nihahi Ridge Apparently dragging your petite Asian wife up a mountain a day after she donated blood is detrimental to your marital health. Scramble Trip name: Compression Ridge 436380 Coordinator: Brian Report: The forecast: hot & sunny. Descending to Nihahi / Compression col, then descend the NE slope, followed by bushwhacking to Powderface Trail. It’s the shortest, but to some reason, I didn’t like it. This way, I had to use head lamp for a good portion of the trip. The route from there to the true Nihahi Ridge summit was obvious, steep, and fun. Nihahi Ridge is located near Kananaskis Alberta. Mt. We made it to the top in just over 3 hours and enjoyed a rest stop under blue skies with virtually no wind. Gives great views of Nihahi Ridge and the scrambling route up Mount Remus. We decided to attempt it again on a longer day with our friends Tomoko and Mamiko. Looking up one of the false summits on Nihahi Ridge, On the ridge crest. After a bit of debating, I tend to go for option 3, 4, 5, so I would make the final decision at Nihahi/Compression col. And here we go! Nihahi Ridge is a 12.7 km out and back trail with 415 metres elevation gain. About 550 m after the sign you will see another sign (waypoint "Sign 1") where you need to get off the main trail and take the trail to Nihahi. This involves even longer... 3. Surprisingly, the scree/rock was very firm. They have installed a wire fence in one section to help keep you on the trail. Nihahi Ridge Trail is a 7.5 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Kananaskis Improvement, Alberta, Canada that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. I just thought it was strange that there wasn't any cairn.The Rest:No-brainers. At the top, I quickly signed the register. (Be aware part of this road is closed from Dec 1 to May 14). Dan scrambles up the slippery slope. Banded Peak, Outlaw, Cornwall and Mt. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. The Nihahi Ridge hike is about 10-11km return and the elevation gain is around 450m, depending on how far on the ridge you go. A short scramble overcomes the cliff band. A knot of hikers gathered below the chute. It took us about 2 hours up and 1,5h down, but we were in a hurry to get nice light up there and we didn’t really take any breaks. Nihahi Ridge/Compression Ridge. Fullerton, Nihahi Ridge and Compression Ridge scramble route link-up. There are great views of east down the Elbow River Valley and west up the Little Elbow River Valley. Traversing towards Compression Ridge. Nihahi Ridge dominates the view eastward as Sonny marches up the northeast ridge of Mount Fullerton. This is where "hikers" will turn around below the ridge top. First Scramble of the Season - Nihahi Ridge Most years, we've been out by April for an early season tune-up, but the extended cold wet spring pushed the start of scrambling season back far later than normal for us. Required fields are marked *. Tedium best describes the long approach via Nihahi Creek. Nihahi Ridge is an “easy scramble” well documented in Alan Kane’s Scrambles in the Canadian Rockies. The standard scramble route is via a long ridge traverse from the south end and many folks do not venture to the true summit. If you are comfortable with scrambling, and walking on an exposed area with loose rocks, you can summit the ridge by hiking another 400 meters. Mon, May 30, 2016, 2:00 PM: Nihahi Ridge Easy ScrambleTo attend this trip you need to complete the following two steps:• Put your name on the wait list.• Answer the RSVP question(s).• Event Type: Scra POV Nihahi Ridge Climb Compilation Watch in HD!! At the end of the road where the gate is, you should see trail sign (waypoint "Trailhead"). Nihahi Ridge in the back ground – Hiking with Kids – Kananaskis Country Through the meadow and back into the tree line, you will start climbing again and the trail will start to get a bit rocky. A n easy scramble up the northernmost peak in the Glasgow massif. We enjoyed the first section of ridge, but the long middle section was a trudge with many ups and downs with unvarying scenery. So don't miss the turn!Scramble:Most of the way up is hiking until you get to the ridge except there is one spot where you need to scramble up a weakness of a rockband. CLICK BLANK SPACE OR PRESS ESCAPE TO EXIT, Location: Kananaskis Country (Highway 66/68), Note: Winter gate closure from Dec 1 to June 15. Starting up Nihahi's north ridge with Compression Ridge behind. Unfortunately, the weather steadily deteriorated throughout our trip. Right before the ridge. Descending to Nihahi / Compression col, then descend the west slope to Nihahi Creek. This involves even longer tedious creek bed walk.. It's not too hard to figure it out since trail disappears suddenly and the only option left was scramble up the ledge. Start at Little Elbow Campground and walk towards the end of the road. The trailhead for the Nihahi Ridge hike located at Little Elbow Campground, is just an hour’s drive from Calgary via Highway 66 near Bragg Creek. Sun, May 15, 2016, 7:30 AM: NIHAHI RIDGE SOUTH SUMMIT'Nihahi' is a Stoney Indian word meaning 'rock'. 3. Start at Little Elbow Recreation Area, preferably from the parking area near the suspension bridge. Just simply follow the ridge crest, over at least 3 false summits, each of those involves about 50m elevation gain and loss. Nihahi Ridge A popular hike/scramble that vaults you from the valley floor onto a never ending mountain ridge, separating the Rocky Mountains on the west from the rolling foothills to the east. Fullerton into the loop. Nihahi Ridge has two published routes, a hiking trail leading to within 1300’ of the south summit and a scramble route that ascends the south summit and traverses the entire ridge to the north summit with a challenging descent. This time, the objective was a little more ambitious--the complete traverse of both Nihahi Ridge and Compression Ridge in Kananaskis Country. Higher up on the ridge a nice view of the south end of Powderface Ridge, the north end is an easier ascent. 2. Resting on the summit at 11:00 Nihahi Ridge begins with a hike up a good trail and a bit of scrambling to the ridge crest. Glasgow to the west. Enjoy a short hike to expansive views at the south end of the ridge, or continue the adventure on a tightrope, across the entire length of the ridge. Nihahi Creek is a favorite, classic hike and scramble at the end of Highway 22/66, west of Bragg Creek past access to Forget-Me-Not Mountain in Kananaskis Country, Alberta, Canada. It then takes a quick dive across the open saddle and then straight up the ridge edge. As a result, one will also find an endless supply of “scramble” routes offered to various summits in and around the more extensive alpine climbing environs of glaciers, icefields and rock. However, the ridge finishes with an enjoyable climb to the summit. Ascending partway up Compression Ridge, then traverse to Mount Howard, then descend Howard via Canyon Creek to Powderface Trail. The section of ridge between the summit of Nihahi and Compression is some of the best scrambling I’ve done in a while. As we passed them, we heard them complaining about the wind on the ridge above. More open ridge. Unlike Nihahi hike, which is one of my favourite hikes, the traverse is anything but. Descending back along the ridge to Little Elbow trail. The highest is Fisher Peak. Climbing up to the ridge is considered a "scramble" with hands on moments, easy rock climbing, and some exposure as you go further along. 2. Your email address will not be published. 4. It suddenly became scrambling. If the creek is present, the canyon will be inaccessible. It was officially named in 1922 after the Stoney Indian word equivalent of “rocky”. Fullerton, I chose the gully directly across Nihahi Creek to ascend. This was very good for Ascending. Many of the people hiking this trail stopped at the first summit as the views from there are also beautiful. 5. Rock walls guard the east side of the ridge, but a chute provides an easy scramble up. We did this mountain on a beautiful day when just Fullerton and the Nihahi Ridge traverse were in sunlight and everything else was under cloud and rain. Delightful scrambling near the top of the north ridge. My partner Yuji and I attempted to traverse this ridge back in October of 2006 but were turned back due to excessive snow and lack of daylight. A faint trail leaves the main trail and an easy scramble brings you into the Canyon entrance. Indeed, Nihahi follows the Fullerton approach, only instead of mind-numbing boredom along a creek bed, you get to be beaten into semiconsciousness while walking walking on a ridge. Nihahi Ridge is an easy hike up to this point with one small cliff band Once you get past the lower ridge where the photo above was taken, the going gets a bit trickier. I was feeling more adventurous and managed to also squeeze the nearby Mt. Dan takes the last few steps before the summit. Mount Glasgow is either a 23 km round trip, or part of a four peak traverse just a touch over 25 km. We started from the Compression side, and had no regrets. This is shorter than option 4 but involves difficult scrambles and I still need to use head lamp for about 2 hours. Have to head quite a bit south then loop back to reach the North Point I speeded up and it took me 50min from the Nihahi Creek to the ridge crest of Nihahi Ridge. The trailhead is on Little Elbow Trail, 0.5 km west of Little Elbow Campground.. Nihahi: familiar to anyone who has visited the western end of the Elbow Valley – which is practically the entire population of Calgary. It’s also longer than it first appears (big surprise). Descending to Nihahi / Compression col, then descend the west slope to Nihahi Creek. Your email address will not be published. A short bike, long walk up a creek bed and through the canyon, and ending on a total slog, Glasgow is the true gateway to the Elbow-Sheep Wildland. Walk back to car. And now, I had to make an important decision (one of five possible). But it is in fact a challenging scramble. This trail switchbacks up to the shoulder of Nihahi Ridge. Rocky edge of ridge as we escape the trees. The hike is approximately 4.1 kilometres one-way but that is from the trailhead kiosk west of the campground to the rock scramble near the ridge top. Fullerton is a wonderful scramble once you actually get up onto the mountain proper. That’s one way. Checking the map, there’s still lots of ground to cover to reach the north end of Nihahi Ridge. Once getting down from Mt. Scramble: Most of the way up is hiking until you get to the ridge except there is one spot where you need to scramble up a weakness of a rockband. There’s not much to say about this part. Directions: Drive west on Elbow Falls Trail (Hwy 66) for 29 km. Anita looked like a zombie the entire way up, ashen faced and blank expressioned. 1. Nihahi Ridge is a prominent ridge in Kananaskis Provincial park which stretches over 8km long. Downside The first 2 km is boring as you have to cross the campground to get to the trailhead. All trails, however, appear to converge beneath a cliff band. Yet it was cloudy and rained on the early morning drive to the trailhead. Typical terrain of Nihahi once on the ridge. Scrambles afford full time climbers like myself the opportunity to experience the explosive Canadian Rocky wilderness without always being “on the job”. 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