Hiking Powderface Ridge in Elbow Valley, Kananaskis Country, Alberta, Canada.
Today is the last day grandson Michael will be 5 years old and we will attempt to achieve Michael’s first summit near Powderface Ridge in Kananaskis Country.
The hike begins in Kananaskis Country at the trail-head near the end of Hwy 22X/66 past Bragg Creek and across the road from Forget-Me-Not Mountain at the junction with Powderface Trail (the gravel road).
The hike begins on good, reasonably graded trail. About 1.6 KMs (1 mile) and a thousand vertical feet (365 m) later, with lots of rest stops, the hiking trail leaves the forest and enters an open meadow where the 'summit' is visible in the distance.
There is another kilometer to the 'summit' with an additional 300 feet of elevation but it is clear my little hiking buddy is close to having enough so the decision is to hike a short distance across the meadow to a large boulder near the top of the ridge which will be declared the ‘summit’.
There are long and spectacular views in two directions. There are no failures in hiking. There are only successful attempts. The surrounding view is spectacular while sitting in the sun to enjoy lunch.
The views are excellent, even a bit mystical, as surrounding mountains are embedded in smoky haze from large, north-western US forest fires. At the top of the ridge, a photo is taken with Michael standing on the boulder. This is his first summit. The summit behind was simply too much, too soon and not disclosed.
The trek back to the car is in very warm weather with lots of rest stops.
On the way back to Calgary, the customary stop in Bragg Creek provides an opportunity to admire all the motorcycles in the shopping center's parking lot while we enjoy ice cream cones.