CPR Ridge Walk - Kicking Horse Resort - Hiking BC

 

CPR Ridge Walk offers amazing mountain views above Golden, British Columbia, Canada.

 

CPR Ridge Walk, Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, Golden, BC, Canada

 

The Kicking Horse Mountain Resort thrives high above Golden, British Columbia, Canada.  Known primarily as a world-class downhill ski destination, the ridge above the resort also provides hiking, mountain biking and grizzly bear viewing opportunities.  After enjoying brief, morning visits to Cedar Lake, Inukshuk and BC Spirit Square, the afternoon will be devoted to hiking on Terminator Ridge and its outliers.  Access to the top of the ridge is by rustic trail, gravel road or via the Golden Eagle Express gondola.  The gondola seems sensible on this leisure day and will maximize hiking time at the top of the scenic ridge.

 

CPR Ridge Walk, Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, Golden, BC, Canada The Day Lodge at Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, Golden, BC, Canada

 

CPR Ridge Walk, Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, Golden, BC, Canada One of the modern, secure and quiet gondolas on the Golden Eagle Express, Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, Golden, BC, Canada

 

The Golden Eagle Express delivers us smoothly and swiftly from the Day Lodge to the top of Terminator Ridge through Bowl Over with CPR Ridge to the right.  An added bonus is an excellent and unexpected view of Boo, the orphaned, resident grizzly bear playing in one of the ponds on his securely fenced, nature refuge.

 

CPR Ridge Walk, Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, Golden, BC, Canada CPR Ridge Walk, Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, Golden, BC, Canada

 

CPR Ridge Walk, Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, Golden, BC, Canada Boo, the Grizzly Bear at the Kicking Horse Mountain Resort above Golden, BC, Canada

 

The following site map may help to serve as a reference for routes and locations within the Kicking Horse Mountain Resort complex.

 

Kicking Horse Mountain Resort Reference Map

 

The Golden Eagle Express drops us off at the Eagle's Eye Restaurant adjacent to the trail-head for the CPR Ridge Walk.  The highly rated Eagle's Eye Restaurant sits at 2,347 m (7,700 ft) with expansive breathtaking views of surrounding mountains, rivers and valleys.

 

CPR Ridge Walk, Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, Golden, BC, Canada The Eagle's Eye Restaurant adjacent to the CPR Ridge Walk trailhead at Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, Golden, BC, Canada

 

CPR Ridge Walk, Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, Golden, BC, Canada The CPR Ridge Walk trailhead on Terminator Ridge above Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, Golden, BC, Canada

 

Following a short, uphill walk to the highest point on CPR Ridge, time is taken to absorb the magnificent, sweeping views of surrounding mountain and valley features.  The high point on CPR Ridge is an excellent place to sit and enjoy lunch in the sunshine.  WOW! 

The view west across the Crystal Bowl to Redemption Ridge, beneath 2,448 m (8,033 ft.) Blue Heaven, showcases trails shared by hikers and mountain bikers.  After lunch, gentle descent begins on predominantly rugged, rocky trail with occasional rock stairs.

 

CPR Ridge Walk, Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, Golden, BC, Canada One view from the lunch location at the summit of the CPR Ridge Walk above Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, Golden, BC, Canada

 

CPR Ridge Walk, Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, Golden, BC, Canada Mountain biking trails at the bottom of Crystal Bowl beneath Redemption Ridge as seen from CPR Ridge at Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, Golden, BC, Canada

 

CPR Ridge Walk, Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, Golden, BC, Canada A view south of Golden from the CPR Ridge Walk at Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, Golden, BC, Canada

 

CPR Ridge Walk, Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, Golden, BC, Canada CPR Ridge Walk, Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, Golden, BC, Canada

 

CPR Ridge Walk, Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, Golden, BC, Canada CPR Ridge Walk, Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, Golden, BC, Canada

 

Sweeping vistas provide breathtaking views of the Rocky Mountains past the Town of Golden at valley bottom as the descent continues.

 

CPR Ridge Walk, Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, Golden, BC, Canada Gondola Cars on the Golden Eagle Express soar above Bowl Over beside the CPR Ridge Walk, Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, Golden, BC, Canada

 

CPR Ridge Walk, Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, Golden, BC, Canada Rough, inconsistent terrain along the CPR Ridge Walk, Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, Golden, BC, Canada

 

CPR Ridge Walk, Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, Golden, BC, Canada CPR Ridge Walk, Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, Golden, BC, Canada

 

Views of the main buildings, Mountaineer Lodge and Glacier Lodge, expand into view as the hike continues down CPR Ridge on trail which varies in quality from good to very rugged.  Weathered, windswept and skeleton trees lie testament to the severe conditions on this windy, exposed ridge.

 

CPR Ridge Walk, Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, Golden, BC, Canada CPR Ridge Walk, Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, Golden, BC, Canada

 

CPR Ridge Walk, Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, Golden, BC, Canada CPR Ridge Walk, Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, Golden, BC, Canada

 

CPR Ridge Walk, Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, Golden, BC, Canada CPR Ridge Walk, Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, Golden, BC, Canada

 

CPR Ridge Walk, Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, Golden, BC, Canada The blue roofed Day Lodge, Glacier Lodge and Mountaineer Lodge from the CPR Ridge Walk, Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, Golden, BC, Canada.

 

Hazy views open up, of wetlands east beyond Golden, as the hike descends further and the angle of view expands beyond T1 Ridge South on the other side of adjacent Bowl Over.

 

CPR Ridge Walk, Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, Golden, BC, Canada The view east past T1 Ridge South on the other side of Bowl Over from CPR Ridge Walk, Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, Golden, BC, Canada

 

CPR Ridge Walk, Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, Golden, BC, Canada Hazy mountains and valley wetlands east past T1 Ridge South on the other side of Bowl Over from the CPR Ridge Walk, Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, Golden, BC, Canada

 

Excellent views expand over the Town of Golden and the Kicking Horse River as well as hazy, surrounding mountains to the west.

 

CPR Ridge Walk, Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, Golden, BC, Canada Golden from the CPR Ridge Walk, Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, Golden, BC, Canada

 

CPR Ridge Walk, Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, Golden, BC, Canada Golden and the Kicking Horse River at valley bottom from the CPR Ridge Walk, Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, Golden, BC, Canada

 

CPR Ridge Walk, Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, Golden, BC, Canada The view to the west from the CPR Ridge Walk, Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, Golden, BC, Canada

 

Within surrounding spectacular scenery there is endless opportunity to capture the intricate detail of colorful and interesting trail side features.

 

CPR Ridge Walk, Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, Golden, BC, Canada CPR Ridge Walk, Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, Golden, BC, Canada

 

CPR Ridge Walk, Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, Golden, BC, Canada CPR Ridge Walk, Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, Golden, BC, Canada

 

The hike returns via the same route.  At high points, attention is invariably drawn downwards to mountain bikers speeding along challenging trails in the Crystal Bowl beneath Redemption Ridge.  Trails are officially rated from easy green to technically difficult, double black diamond.  By my definition, they would be rated from life threatening to suicidalIf you have ever wondered where the 'Stairway to Heaven' is, it is here.

 

CPR Ridge Walk, Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, Golden, BC, Canada CPR Ridge Walk, Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, Golden, BC, Canada

 

CPR Ridge Walk, Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, Golden, BC, Canada Looking west across Redemption Ridge to mountains beyond with mountain biking trails below in Crystal Bowl from CPR Ridge Walk at Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, Golden, BC, Canada

 

CPR Ridge Walk, Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, Golden, BC, Canada CPR Ridge Walk, Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, Golden, BC, Canada

 

CPR Ridge Walk, Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, Golden, BC, Canada Blue Heaven at the top of Redemption Ridge across Crystal Bowl from the CPR Ridge Walk, Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, Golden, BC, Canada

 

Cloud is beginning to build into the warmer part of the day.  What appears to be a station for hanging people is one end of a cable system stretching along CPR Ridge for winter use as a rappelling station for avalanche control and emergency rescue.  The scenic hike on CPR Ridge provides final spectacular views from the high point over Eagle's Eye Restaurant and the upward terminus of the Golden Eagle Express.  The gondola transport operates year-round to ferry sightseers to this magnificent location.  In winter, gondola cars are packed with skiers and in summer, body-armored cyclists accompany their ultra-fortified, behemoth, mountain bikes to the top of Terminator Ridge for the skillful and thrilling ride to the bottom.

 

CPR Ridge Walk, Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, Golden, BC, Canada A view of the saddle on Terminator Ridge as we approach the top of the CPR Ridge Walk, Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, Golden, BC, Canada

 

CPR Ridge Walk, Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, Golden, BC, Canada Cable support for avalanche control and emergency rescue at the top of CPR Ridge Walk, Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, Golden, BC, Canada

 

CPR Ridge Walk, Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, Golden, BC, Canada Eagle's Eye Restaurant from the top of CPR Ridge Walk, Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, Golden, BC, Canada.

 

The next objective for this day is a portion of the nearby Terminator Ridge hike.

Photos for this post were taken on August 8, 2013.

 

 

 

 

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We were very fortunate to enjoy predominantly good hiking weather throughout the week. The afternoon skies were consistently moody but we managed to avoid getting caught in heavy weather while exposed to the elements. The scenery is far reaching and spectacular from the top of the ridge. I will return to hike the remainder of the trails. Thanks for your comment, Sheryl.

Spectacular scenery - and what a beautiful sunny day you had!

Thank you for your comment, Bill. I have always been a big fan of ridge walks. They offer incredible views for extended periods at high altitudes. I will return and complete all the hikes on Terminator Ridge. Particularly interesting is the Dogtooth Hike. It is on the list for next summer. I may take a victi.....volunteer with me to enjoy the incredible views of the Columbia Valley and surrounding mountains. Some of the mountain bike runs we observed from the gondola above Bowl Over are extremely technical and far beyond anything I would personally attempt but I will rent on of those monster bikes and try a conservative rum on an easy route. It is on my bucket list and with Golden so close to Calgary I expect to get this done next summer. I will leave the mountain bike experience for the end of the visit in case it does not go well. Looking forward to your next visit Thanks for everything.

Incredible vistas. I agree that some of those mountain bike runs are suicidal. The Gondola worked well for us. Glad we had a chance to see Boo!

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