Ribbon Creek Flood 2 – Kananaskis – Hiking Alberta

Photographs in this post are an extension to coverage in a previous post titled Ribbon Creek Flood – Kananaskis – Hiking Alberta.  Reluctance to cross trail closed signs on my first visit prevented me from providing a more complete report on the damage done to Ribbon Creek Trail by June 2013, flood water.  I have finished hiking Lorette Creek and Troll Falls in the morning.  Lunch at nearby Ribbon Creek allows me to sit in the sun and enjoy the soothing sound of running water.  On this day, I will get up close and personal photos of flood damage near the beginning of Ribbon Creek Trail.  This series of pictures is a walk into, and past, the partially surviving gate.

Flood damage at the Ribbon Creek Trailhead in Kananaskis Country west of Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Flood damage at the Ribbon Creek Trailhead in Kananaskis Country west of Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Flood damage at the Ribbon Creek Trailhead in Kananaskis Country west of Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Flood damage at the Ribbon Creek Trailhead in Kananaskis Country west of Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Flood damage at the Ribbon Creek Trailhead in Kananaskis Country west of Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Flood damage at the Ribbon Creek Trailhead in Kananaskis Country west of Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Flood damage at the Ribbon Creek Trailhead in Kananaskis Country west of Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Flood damage at the Ribbon Creek Trailhead in Kananaskis Country west of Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Flood damage at the Ribbon Creek Trailhead in Kananaskis Country west of Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Flood damage at the Ribbon Creek Trailhead in Kananaskis Country west of Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Flood damage at the Ribbon Creek Trailhead in Kananaskis Country west of Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Flood damage at the Ribbon Creek Trailhead in Kananaskis Country west of Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Flood damage at the Ribbon Creek Trailhead in Kananaskis Country west of Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Flood damage at the Ribbon Creek Trailhead in Kananaskis Country west of Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Flood damage at the Ribbon Creek Trailhead in Kananaskis Country west of Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Flood damage at the Ribbon Creek Trailhead in Kananaskis Country west of Calgary, Alberta, Canada

I have been told the first 4 KM (2.5 miles) of Ribbon Creek trail have been wiped out.  The road is completely gone.  The next series of photographs shows the view on the short walk back to the Ribbon Creek parking area on primitive trail above the shoreline.

Flood damage at the Ribbon Creek Trailhead in Kananaskis Country west of Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Flood damage at the Ribbon Creek Trailhead in Kananaskis Country west of Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Flood damage at the Ribbon Creek Trailhead in Kananaskis Country west of Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Flood damage at the Ribbon Creek Trailhead in Kananaskis Country west of Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Flood damage at the Ribbon Creek Trailhead in Kananaskis Country west of Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Flood damage at the Ribbon Creek Trailhead in Kananaskis Country west of Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Flood damage at the Ribbon Creek Trailhead in Kananaskis Country west of Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Flood damage at the Ribbon Creek Trailhead in Kananaskis Country west of Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Flood damage at the Ribbon Creek Trailhead in Kananaskis Country west of Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Flood damage at the Ribbon Creek Trailhead in Kananaskis Country west of Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Flood damage at the Ribbon Creek Trailhead in Kananaskis Country west of Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Flood damage at the Ribbon Creek Trailhead in Kananaskis Country west of Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Flood damage at the Ribbon Creek Trailhead in Kananaskis Country west of Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Flood damage at the Ribbon Creek Trailhead in Kananaskis Country west of Calgary, Alberta, Canada

This important trail to the Ribbon Creek Campground and beyond to Ribbon Falls and Ribbon Lake is an important link to many trails in Kananaskis Country.  The North Ribbon Creek branch to Memorial Lakes will also be badly damaged.  It will be a huge undertaking to establish alternative routes.  Unfortunately, it is unlikely this work can be completed in the near term.  I will hike to Memorial Lakes as soon as it is possible.  It will not likely be this year but I do not know this for certain.

Photographs for this post were taken on June 8, 2014

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One Response to Ribbon Creek Flood 2 – Kananaskis – Hiking Alberta

  1. Bill says:

    I never realized Memorial Lakes was not an official trail. With the history there, I would have thought this was a given. Hopefully it can be rebuilt and become official in the future.

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