Terminator Ridge Hike - Kicking Horse Resort - Hiking BC

 

Hiking Terminator Ridge at Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, British Columbia, Canada.

 

Terminator Ridge, Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, Golden, BC, Canada

 

The hike on CPR Ridge Walk shares a common characteristic with the Terminator Ridge Hike.  Both trail-heads begin near the picturesque Eagle's Eye Restaurant at the upper terminus of the Golden Eagle Express Gondola.  Completing the CPR Ridge Walk there is a clear and spectacular view of the saddle at the top of Bowl Over between CPR Ridge and T1 South Ridge at the Kicking Horse Mountain Resort above GoldenBritish Columbia, Canada.  The Terminator Ridge Hike is clearly signed to the left of the Eagle's Eye Restaurant.

 

Terminator Ridge Hike, Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, Golden, BC, Canada Saddle above Bowl Over on Terminator Ridge Hike, Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, Golden, BC, Canada

 

Terminator Ridge Hike, Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, Golden, BC, Canada Golden Eagle Express Gondola and Eagle's Eye Restaurant from CPR Ridge Hike, Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, Golden, BC, Canada

 

Terminator Ridge Hike, Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, Golden, BC, Canada Eagle's Eye Restaurant at Terminator Ridge Hike, Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, Golden, BC, Canada

 

To the right, facing the Eagle's Eye Restaurant, is Blue Heaven at the 2,448 m (8,033 ft.) summit over Redemption Ridge, where body armored mountain bikers are heading for exciting runs down through Crystal Bowl.

 

Terminator Ridge Hike, Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, Golden, BC, Canada Blue Heaven at the top of Redemption Ridge laced with hike/bike trails through Crystal Bowl above Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, Golden, BC, Canada

 

The Terminator Ridge Hike is rated as the most difficult with effort consuming between 2 and 3 hours.  The trail descends below Terminator Ridge, beneath and past 2,408 m (7,900 ft) Terminator Peak towards the Super Bowl Saddle, then continues along the main ridge through a light scramble section.  The trail ends at the T2 Summit Lookout 2,385 m (7,824 ft), above the T2 North Ridge and a beautiful alpine meadow where spectacular views of the Columbia Wetlands to the south are bordered by the Rocky and Purcell Mountains.  Near the beginning of the hike, sweeping views of Bowl Over between CPR Ridge and T1 South Ridge are balanced by luminescent green avalanche slopes, with distant glaciers to the right.  The magnificent scenery, highlighted by brilliant wildflowers in the sun, is breathtakingly beautiful and inspiring.

 

Terminator Ridge Hike, Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, Golden, BC, Canada Terminator Ridge Hike, Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, Golden, BC, Canada

 

Terminator Ridge Hike, Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, Golden, BC, Canada Terminator Ridge Hike, Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, Golden, BC, Canada

 

Terminator Ridge Hike, Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, Golden, BC, Canada Terminator Ridge Hike, Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, Golden, BC, Canada

 

Terminator Ridge Hike, Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, Golden, BC, Canada Terminator Ridge Hike, Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, Golden, BC, Canada

 

Terminator Ridge Hike, Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, Golden, BC, Canada Terminator Ridge Hike, Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, Golden, BC, Canada

 

Terminator Ridge Hike, Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, Golden, BC, Canada Terminator Ridge Hike, Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, Golden, BC, Canada

 

Terminator Ridge Hike, Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, Golden, BC, Canada The view down Bowl Over on the Terminator Ridge Hike, Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, Golden, BC, Canada

 

Terminator Ridge Hike, Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, Golden, BC, Canada Terminator Ridge Hike, Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, Golden, BC, Canada

 

This photo essay captures segments of sweeping views along the trail as the hike proceeds in the sun over rocky, well defined path surrounded by immensity and intricate detail towards a rugged, rocky outcropping, where previous hikers have assembled cairns beneath Terminator Peak towering above.  Terminator 2 Peak pokes above the horizon beyond.

 

Terminator Ridge Hike, Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, Golden, BC, Canada Terminator Ridge Hike, Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, Golden, BC, Canada

 

Terminator Ridge Hike, Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, Golden, BC, Canada Terminator Ridge Hike, Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, Golden, BC, Canada

 

Terminator Ridge Hike, Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, Golden, BC, Canada Terminator Ridge Hike, Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, Golden, BC, Canada

 

Terminator Ridge Hike, Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, Golden, BC, Canada Terminator Ridge Hike, Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, Golden, BC, Canada

 

Terminator Ridge Hike, Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, Golden, BC, Canada Terminator Ridge Hike, Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, Golden, BC, Canada

 

Terminator Ridge Hike, Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, Golden, BC, Canada Terminator Ridge Hike, Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, Golden, BC, Canada

 

The Terminator 2 Peak is clearly visible ahead as the hikes provides the scenery and sun beside warm rock outcroppings beneath Terminator Peak.  It is likely the potentially longer, and less arduous, Dogtooth Ridge Hike, which heads in the opposite direction from Eagle's Eye Restaurant past the top of Crystal Bowl and over Blue Heaven, is equally spectacular but that too will need to be left for another day as this is the final day staging out of Kicking Horse Mountain Resort.

 

Terminator Ridge Hike, Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, Golden, BC, Canada

Terminator Ridge Hike, Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, Golden, BC, Canada

 

Terminator Ridge Hike, Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, Golden, BC, Canada Terminator Ridge Hike, Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, Golden, BC, Canada

 

Terminator Ridge Hike, Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, Golden, BC, Canada Terminator Ridge Hike, Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, Golden, BC, Canada

 

  The contrast in beauty is enhanced by the immediate and surrounding rugged, rock terrain.

 

Terminator Ridge Hike, Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, Golden, BC, Canada Hiking back to Eagle's Eye Restaurant on the Terminator Ridge Hike, Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, Golden, BC, Canada

 

Terminator Ridge Hike, Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, Golden, BC, Canada Terminator Ridge Hike, Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, Golden, BC, Canada

 

Terminator Ridge Hike, Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, Golden, BC, Canada Terminator Ridge Hike, Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, Golden, BC, Canada

 

Terminator Ridge Hike, Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, Golden, BC, Canada The way back to Eagle's Eye Restaurant on the Terminator Ridge Hike, Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, Golden, BC, Canada

 

Terminator Ridge Hike, Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, Golden, BC, Canada Wildflower drapery over scree slopes on theTerminator Ridge Hike, Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, Golden, BC, Canada

 

Terminator Ridge Hike, Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, Golden, BC, Canada Eagle's Eye Restaurant, Terminator Ridge Hike, Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, Golden, BC, Canada

 

With dramatic sky behind, the final ascent back to the Eagle's Eye Restaurant leads to boarding the Golden Eagle Express Gondola for the return ride to the Day Lodge at Kicking Horse Mountain Resort.

 

Terminator Ridge Hike, Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, Golden, BC, Canada Old three finger makes final ascent on the Terminator Ridge Hike, Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, Golden, BC, Canada

 

Terminator Ridge Hike, Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, Golden, BC, Canada At the trail-head of Terminator Ridge Hike, Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, Golden, BC, Canada

 

Another free-of-charge bonus is a 5 minute interruption of service, about half way down, allowing time to marvel at the mountain biking insanity taking place directly beneath and around as we hang helpless in the gondola car.  Once moving again, another highlight is view of Boo, the grizzly bear, lumbering through the forest below.  Cameras are hard at work trying to capture a moving target from the swiftly moving gondola.

 

Terminator Ridge Hike, Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, Golden, BC, Canada Terminator Ridge Hike, Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, Golden, BC, Canada

 

Terminator Ridge Hike, Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, Golden, BC, Canada Terminator Ridge Hike, Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, Golden, BC, Canada

 

The remainder of the ride to Kicking Horse Mountain Resort is anticlimactic.

 

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Terminator Ridge Hike, Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, Golden, BC, Canada Terminator Ridge Hike, Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, Golden, BC, Canada

 

Terminator Ridge Hike, Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, Golden, BC, Canada Terminator Ridge Hike, Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, Golden, BC, Canada

 

Terminator Ridge Hike, Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, Golden, BC, Canada Terminator Ridge Hike, Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, Golden, BC, Canada

 

Hiking at Kicking Horse has been an action packed and memorable leisure day following yesterday's aggressive hike to Abbott Ridge.  Today's series of visits to Cedar Lake, Inukshuk, the Kicking Horse Pedestrian Bridge in Golden, and the CPR Ridge Trail above the Kicking Horse Mountain Resort has been diverse and thoroughly enjoyable.  An excellent meal on the outdoor patio at Peak's Grill will complete the day.

This is the final day of the adventure from Palliser Lodge.

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

 

 

 

 

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Yoho National Park is one of my local favorites. Still plenty of trails left to hike there. Golden has a bigger selection of accommodation and Field, within the east side of the Park would benefit from some increased places to stay. I hope you have the opportunity to return there. If we do it together, that will be fine. In the interim, I will hike and post some new hikes to help you select the best. Thanks for your comment.

What a great place to hike. I would like to return here one day and try some of the mountain biking. With all the different hiking and biking trails, it would be easy to spend another week at this resort.

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