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It’s one of those peaks that form the “first row of wall” when looking from the prairie. Sun, May 15, 2016, 7:30 AM: NIHAHI RIDGE SOUTH SUMMIT'Nihahi' is a Stoney Indian word meaning 'rock'. 3. The route from there to the true Nihahi Ridge summit was obvious, steep, and fun. It’s also longer than it first appears (big surprise). (Be aware part of this road is closed from Dec 1 to May 14). This magnificent ridge, long and straight, stretching northwest from the Elbow Valley, looks a tempting hike from some angles. Fullerton into the loop. Fullerton, Nihahi Ridge and Compression Ridge scramble route link-up. Starting up Nihahi's north ridge with Compression Ridge behind. I have been on the summit of Nihahi Ridge. Banded Peak, Outlaw, Cornwall and Mt. 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. Scrambles - Nihahi Ridge Apparently dragging your petite Asian wife up a mountain a day after she donated blood is detrimental to your marital health. 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. Nihahi Ridge is an “easy scramble” well documented in Alan Kane’s Scrambles in the Canadian Rockies. Unlike Nihahi hike, which is one of my favourite hikes, the traverse is anything but. With dark clouds threatening to rain on our parade we kept up the blistering pace and soon we were at the crux rock fin. 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. The standard scramble route is via a long ridge traverse from the south end and many folks do not venture to the true summit. I marked "Scramble Up" on the map. Scrambles afford full time climbers like myself the opportunity to experience the explosive Canadian Rocky wilderness without always being “on the job”. Your email address will not be published. To the base. At the top, I quickly signed the register. That’s one way. I speeded up and it took me 50min from the Nihahi Creek to the ridge crest of Nihahi Ridge. Anita looked like a zombie the entire way up, ashen faced and blank expressioned. It’s the shortest, but to some reason, I didn’t like it. The official hiking trail is 5km round trip and leads to a scenic viewpoint well below the ridge top. The trailhead is on Little Elbow Trail, 0.5 km west of Little Elbow Campground.. This was very good for Ascending. This is where "hikers" will turn around below the ridge top. 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 I just thought it was strange that there wasn't any cairn.The Rest:No-brainers. Nihahi Ridge is located near Kananaskis Alberta. Mount Glasgow is either a 23 km round trip, or part of a four peak traverse just a touch over 25 km. This is the northeast ridge. Have to head quite a bit south then loop back to reach the North Point 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. It was officially named in 1922 after the Stoney Indian word equivalent of “rocky”. Nihahi Ridge begins with a hike up a good trail and a bit of scrambling to the ridge crest. Nice view of Nihahi Ridge opens up. Directions: Drive west on Elbow Falls Trail (Hwy 66) for 29 km. Unfortunately, the weather steadily deteriorated throughout our trip. 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. A short scramble overcomes the cliff band. Descending to Nihahi / Compression col, then descend the west slope to Nihahi Creek. Delightful scrambling near the top of the north ridge. POV Nihahi Ridge Climb Compilation Watch in HD!! June 5, 2004. This time, the objective was a little more ambitious--the complete traverse of both Nihahi Ridge and Compression Ridge in Kananaskis Country. 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. More open ridge. At the end of the road where the gate is, you should see trail sign (waypoint "Trailhead"). Tedium best describes the long approach via Nihahi Creek. Because some people from the Rocky Mountain Books WebForum were unable to come on a recent trip up Mount Niles, a second group scramble trip was organized. The highest is Fisher Peak. Nihahi Ridge is a prominent ridge in Kananaskis Provincial park which stretches over 8km long. As we passed them, we heard them complaining about the wind on the ridge above. Considering the steepness, it wouldn’t be pleasant to descend though. Start at Little Elbow Campground and walk towards the end of the road. 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. Your email address will not be published. The trail continues to a rocky ridge. Glasgow to the west. We made it to the top in just over 3 hours and enjoyed a rest stop under blue skies with virtually no wind. Nihahi Creek, on the west side of Nihahi Ridge, is a unique hiking adventure in Elbow Valley, Kananaskis Country, Alberta, Canada. Rocky edge of ridge as we escape the trees. By Posted By: ChrisMarry - Fri Oct 16 02:59:30 UTC 2015 Upside There was nobody going up Nihahi ridge, nice hands-on scrambling and great scree down the west slope if you want an alternative descent. They have installed a wire fence in one section to help keep you on the trail. Gives great views of Nihahi Ridge and the scrambling route up Mount Remus. Descending to Nihahi / Compression col, then descend the west slope to Nihahi Creek. 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. But it is in fact a challenging scramble. Once getting down from Mt. Rock walls guard the east side of the ridge, but a chute provides an easy scramble up. Nihahi Ridge 1. A knot of hikers gathered below the chute. 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. CLICK BLANK SPACE OR PRESS ESCAPE TO EXIT, Location: Kananaskis Country (Highway 66/68), Note: Winter gate closure from Dec 1 to June 15. Nihahi Ridge is a 12.7 km out and back trail with 415 metres elevation gain. Just simply follow the ridge crest, over at least 3 false summits, each of those involves about 50m elevation gain and loss. Scramble Trip name: Compression Ridge 436380 Coordinator: Brian Report: The forecast: hot & sunny. 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. A n easy scramble up the northernmost peak in the Glasgow massif. The section of ridge between the summit of Nihahi and Compression is some of the best scrambling I’ve done in a while. It's not too hard to figure it out since trail disappears suddenly and the only option left was scramble up the ledge. 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. This is shorter than option 4 but involves difficult scrambles and I still need to use head lamp for about 2 hours. However, the ridge finishes with an enjoyable climb to the summit. The trail climbs steeply through the forest alongside Nihahi Creek with many viewpoints overlooking the valley. Typical terrain of Nihahi once on the ridge. 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. 2. Nihahi: familiar to anyone who has visited the western end of the Elbow Valley – which is practically the entire population of Calgary. We started from the Compression side, and had no regrets. This involves even longer tedious creek bed walk.. After 750m, look for the canyon entrance on your left next to a wide gravel fan. Higher up on the ridge a nice view of the south end of Powderface Ridge, the north end is an easier ascent. 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. It’s the shortest, but to some reason, I didn’t like it. Walk back to car. A faint trail leaves the main trail and an easy scramble brings you into the Canyon entrance. 4. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is best used from June until October. Descending back along the ridge to Little Elbow trail. It suddenly became scrambling. And now, I had to make an important decision (one of five possible). 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. Thus I settled with a high point.Approach:Well just follow a road go through campground. We enjoyed the first section of ridge, but the long middle section was a trudge with many ups and downs with unvarying scenery. Looking up one of the false summits on Nihahi Ridge, On the ridge crest. Dan takes the last few steps before the summit. Fullerton, I chose the gully directly across Nihahi Creek to ascend. Many of the people hiking this trail stopped at the first summit as the views from there are also beautiful. 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. Nihahi Ridge dominates the view eastward as Sonny marches up the northeast ridge of Mount Fullerton. Many groups start at Nihahi Ridge as foretold in the Book of Scrambles. Just before the summit, there’s one avoidable moderate move. This trail switchbacks up to the shoulder of Nihahi Ridge. This involves even longer... 3. Climbing up to the ridge is considered a "scramble" with hands on moments, easy rock climbing, and some exposure as you go further along. Mount Blane on the left and Mount Brock on the right. When we did Compression Ridge we stopped by the summit, but never have done Nihahi Ridge traverse, so that was my plan but after a few days of lack of sleep and food, my body simply didn't want to keep up. The trail is easy to follow and I would even consider it a moderate hike up until the first summit. I marked "Scramble Up" on the map. Start at Little Elbow Recreation Area, preferably from the parking area near the suspension bridge. I was feeling more adventurous and managed to also squeeze the nearby Mt. If the creek is present, the canyon will be inaccessible. 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. The true summit itself can be tagged fairly easily from Powderface Trail and peak-baggers often combine it with a traverse of the nearby Compression Ridge. We decided to attempt it again on a longer day with our friends Tomoko and Mamiko. 5. Required fields are marked *. 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. Surprisingly, the scree/rock was very firm. Mt. There is road access to get to the trailhead from May 15th until November 30th. While tempting to do the tedious part first (Nihahi Ridge), given the length of this scramble, its nice to spend the last 6+ … Traverse up Compression Ridge until 2nd window, then descending the south slope followed by bushwhacking to Powderface Trail. 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. Descending to Nihahi / Compression col, then descend the NE slope, followed by bushwhacking to Powderface Trail. This is the first false summit, Familiar peaks in this area. Yet it was cloudy and rained on the early morning drive to the trailhead. There’s not much to say about this part. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. It's not too hard to figure it out since trail disappears suddenly and the only option left was scramble up the ledge. Resting on the summit at 11:00 1. Ascending partway up Compression Ridge, then traverse to Mount Howard, then descend Howard via Canyon Creek to Powderface Trail. Appropriately, the trail climbs from the Little Elbow Campground towards the official start of the 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. Nihahi Ridge/Compression Ridge. 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. We chose to continue hiking up to the south summit. All trails, however, appear to converge beneath a cliff band. 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. 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. Checking the map, there’s still lots of ground to cover to reach the north end of Nihahi Ridge. Fullerton is a wonderful scramble once you actually get up onto the mountain proper. 2. Traversing towards Compression Ridge. Right before the ridge. Descending back along the ridge to Little Elbow trail. 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