Grizzly Peak

Grand view of Grizzly Peak

Grand view of Grizzly Peak . Trail across from  Ripple Rock Creek

Grizzly Peak is located on Hwy 40 46 km south of Hwy 1. and 1 km from the Grizzly Creek parking. Park on the road side.

Although it is April 20th the weather was as warm as August. The trail leaves on the north side of Ripple Rock Creek. The distance to the summit is only 3 km but the elevation gain is 870m. The trail is well defined and after the crux through the first rock band it leads to the south and east to traverse round to the back of the peak. The gradient is un-relenting  until reaching the saddle. From there it is a short steady plod to the summit on grassy slopes. On the return we managed to find ourselves off the main trail on a lower path on the last part of the traverse as it is well worn I suspect many others have done this so I have marked it on the GPS Map. The summit has the same vantage point s as Opal Ridge South  http://willski.ca/opal-ridge-south-grizzly-creek/  and King Creek Ridge. http://willski.ca/king-creek-ridge/ Across the Kananaskis Valley is Lawson Ridge http://willski.ca/lawson-ridge/ . This is another enjoyable hike /scramble from Hwy 40 and the Kananaskis Valley.

Gathering at the trailhead

Gathering at the trailhead

Crocus

Crocus

Summit view route goes right and back

Summit view route goes right and back

On the Crux first rock band

On the Crux first rock band

At the flat Saddle summit left

At the flat Saddle summit left

Summit Group

Summit Group

Cornice on King Creek Ridge

Cornice on King Creek Ridge

GrizzlyPeak

 

 

GrizzlyPeak profile

Distance return 6.0 km Time return 4:30 hrs ( inc 30 min lunch ) Elevation Accumulated gain 1030 m Elevation to Summit 870 m Summit height 2538 m

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