King Creek Ridge is a 6.3 kilometer moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Kananaskis, Alberta, Canada that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from May until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
6.3 km
ELEVATION GAIN
771 m
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

views

wildlife

scramble

1 day ago

Tough climb but beautiful views of the peaks and valleys. We did this on Nov 17, trail was easy to follow - microspikes and poles a must.

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6 days ago

beautiful hike! parked at the closed parking area and walked across the creek, theres a clearly marked trail. its pretty steep the first few kms as you get up to the ridge, a few areas of exposure but mostly in the trees. we went up novemeber 11th and there was snow but some areas were still free of snow, alot more snow on the ridge, spikes are a must!!

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12 days ago

Parked at closed day use area. Walked north across the river and the trail is very visible. Steep trail be prepared for some leg burn. Completed Nov 5,18 and I didn’t use spikes or poles. Was a little slippery so spikes would be beneficial. Took me 3 hours, very Little climbing rock. Just near the summit you have a tiny scramble. Only got the view for 10 minutes or so because the clouds and snow blew in. Good workout. I will have to do it again on a clear day because I did not get the full view at the summit.

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14 days ago

Hiked it NOV. 3rd.. we parked at the day park area which was closed. Followed the trail north along hwy40, that lead into the bushes. trail was steep and Icey going up. Spikes and poles were key, once you get to the ridge you can explore right and left, left will take u up to the summit, pretty easy going from there. 1 foot of snow, but well tracked down. Awesome 360 views of the valley and all peaks around. Absolutely gorgeous.
Decent was icey and muddy, bush waked the whole way down to stay off the muddy trail . Was an awesome hike. We took our time with lots of breaks to take nature in. Up and down in 4 hours.

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1 month ago

Did this hike October 17th. Beautiful and not too difficult. Crampons would be helpful towards the top. Lost my prescription ray bans on the way down however! If anyone decides to go and finds them please contact me and I will be so thankful! 403 975 3514

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1 month ago

Steep and beautiful hike. The views were amazing especially with the leaves changing colours.

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2 months ago

Loved this hike! Steep right away till you hit the ridge with a few short level(ish) spots on the way up. Amazing views from the ridge, gorgeous all the way along. Go all the way to the end for a tiny scramble to the highest point and more amazing views beyond. Will be back for sure! One thing to note, I read in a blog post that there was the "new trail" which you follow to the left, and the "old trail" to the right. I think we wound up on the old one on the way down because it was a bit steeper and had some small rock ledges to climb down which we definitely didn't encounter on our way up. Nothing crazy though, and made for a more interesting descent in the end. 4 Stars only because I would have liked it more if it was longer and a bit more challenging. I would rate it more moderate than hard.

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3 months ago

We went when it was smokey outside, but we could see some amazing views of the mountains through the smoke. This will be a hike we will return to next year to get an amazing view of the mountains.

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3 months ago

We clearly did not do enough research prior to this hike, and since we lost cell reception just after the #1, we were unable to confirm any additional details of the hike. There is a king creek parking lot, but be aware the hike does not start from the parking lot, and in fact starts just off hwy 40, prior to the parking lot turn off. We ended up walking down the creek and did find another trail, which ended up leading us to a dead end. We did not see anyone else on that trail, however nor did we see any wildlife. We will be back to do the proper hike again.

3 months ago

Easy trail to follow as previous hikers have put logs and big rocks to block the wrong paths. Steep incline but not too technical. Something to note if you’re doing this hike alone, there is no cell service until you drive back north along HW40 a ways. I went up in 1.5hrs and down in 1hr.

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3 months ago

It was little bit boring for the first 2km until we reached the ridge. It was steep but not technical. A good workout.

3 months ago

Beautiful hike, remainds Swiss Alps. I wouldn't call it hard, rather moderate. Didn't feel hard on my legs at all, if you take trail on the left. Thank you Mimi B for suggestion to keep to the LEFT! On way down we missed the trail and ended up on the old trail, the one on the right. It was very steep all the way down! I would not want to take this trail to claim up, steep, slippery, scramble and definetly leg burner. My 9 year old could do the full circle, including first summit :)

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3 months ago

Wonderful hike. If you don’t like steep climbs and descents then this isn’t really for you. The first 3/4 is a pretty steep hike, not scrambling, but it’s steep and if it’s dry the path is fine dirt and rock. As someone else mentioned poles are very helpful for the up and down part. The views, well they are amazing and 100% worth it. Very wonderful hike.

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3 months ago

This one is a leg burner. Starts off steep until you hit the ridge. I recommend poles and good hiking shoes.

we kinda got lost on the way down and had to double back. We shouldve looked for the pink ribbons haha.

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4 months ago

Park in the King Creek Day use area, from there walk the trail besides the highway towards the trailhead, it'll be to your right. At the fork before you enter the trees take a left, the trail on the right is the old trail.If you have hiking poles use them, and if you don't have any I suggest you borrow some. Going up was steep,but hiking poles weren't necessary.Going down is when you need them(sucks I left mine in the car). Not many people know there are some false summits, technically 2. When you are near the top, take a left and keep walking up the ridge, views just keep getting better. There are a couple pink markers up top in case you don't remember how to get down, otherwise trail is pretty straightforward. Dog friendly hike. Pack lots of water. Stunning views!

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4 months ago

We hiked this trail on a windless, clear, warm day. The view from King Ridge of Opal range (to the east) and the valley in between are spectacular. Pictures do not do it justice!

Advice:
- Do not attempt in flip flips, sandals or sneakers. You need hiking boots. This is a difficult hike!
- Poles *STRONGLY* recommended
- The hike is broken into two segments (1) from parking lot to ridge. Runs northeast. We took 1 hr 20 min to do this, one stop to adjust pack and take photos. Much of the trail is a 45 degrees climb (2) along ridge to highest point. Runs roughly north. An easy hike, lots of stops for photos
- Get an early start (9am at the latest, we left at 8:30). You do not want the sun beating down on you as you hike up from the parking lodge to the ridge
- To pick up the trail from the parking lot, walk north along hwy 40 until the end of the steel guard rail - a few hundred feet. You will see a footpath leading into the forest. DO NOT cross the creek from the parking lot. Those are game trails used by mountain goats!
- To avoid taking side trails, look for subtle clues. Sometimes people stack a few stones across the side trail, or lay a stick across it. If it's all rocks or stones, chances are you are looking a dry stream bed, not a trail. Another clue is if the trail peters out within a few hundred feet. Just turn around! Don't try to bushwack you way up. The main trail doesn't peter out
- Around the time that you start thinking "will this blankety-blank climb ever end?" you will suddenly emerge on the top of the ridge and encounter one of the best views you will ever see while hiking
- Once you get to the ridge, look around to memorize the area, it will help you on the way down. There are two pink markers tied to the trees (July 2018) marking the start of the trail down the ridge
- The hike down is also difficult. Expect your legs to burn
- After the hike, we had a picnic by the stream. A great finish to the hike!

4 months ago

First thing - views at the top and along the ridge are stunning!

Second thing - the incline is significant. I wouldn't try this hike again simply because the trail is not maintained, easy to lose and can be dangerous for inexperienced hikers on the way down - even more so if the ground is dry. Becomes a loose gravel and stone scramble almost all the way down.

This is not a trail you should attempt without good boots and poles.

If you do, however make the ridge, the view is breath-taking!

4 months ago

A good amount of leg burn with this steep hike. When coming back down don't lose the trail. We lost the spot where you turn off the ridge. Took a while to find it again.

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4 months ago

Great evening hiking experience! Good cardio from the beginning as the ascent is pretty steep. Once you get to the ridge line however it’s worth it all!

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4 months ago

Jun 24, 2018 - SImply awesome!

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4 months ago

Great hike! The first 2km are steep and uphill the entire distance. You then reach the ridge and it’s a gradual to flat hike along the ridge to the end. The views are amazing 360 degrees. Can see ranges and upper and lower kananaskis lakes. A must do! Dog friendly as well. No snow left anywhere on the trail or on the ridge. The creek was flowing too fast to come down through the canyon. Best to do the in and out route.

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5 months ago

Tough start with about an hour steep incline but the incredible views and ridge walk are well worth it. Took about 4 hours with a long lunch and lots of photos on top.

5 months ago

Great hike. Pretty intense uphill. Will be ready for Machu Picchu

5 months ago

Did it May 21. Total lung buster but views are incredible. There is snow on the ridge, deep in some places but we did it without major difficulty just really wet socks. Bring gators. We did the loop descending into the valley and exiting via King Creek. The valley trail is damaged and often disappears. I lost count how many times we had to cross over King creek since the water level is a bit high. Took us just over 5 hours to do the loop.

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6 months ago

Awesome views and a good hike. Did it Mothers day weekend, still ~ 3 feet of snow at the top, could not do the last 400 m. Still got awesome views. This trek would be epic in the fall when the Larchs are turning. The hike can be done in 4-5 hours at a moderate pace.

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7 months ago

Excellent winter trail heading up wearing spikes. Very easy to follow route..

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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Did this hike on Sunday Oct. 15th 2017 and it was amazing! A few minor patches of snow on the trail, more snow along the ridge. It was fairly straight forward on which trail to stay on, just keep an eye out for rock cairns or lines of small rocks that block off a splitting path. The trail is pretty steep until you reach the ridge, highly reccomend poles - especially for the way down as the trail got muddy.

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Sunday, September 10, 2017

Great view, terrible trail as we lost it 5 or 6 times. Very steep till you make the ridge.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

great trail!
we used an alternative route through the valley and canyon for descending.
at the bottom of valley we have seen a nice grizzly bear :-) (about 4 km from parking).

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Sunday, July 30, 2017

And extremely steep trail leading up to a beautiful Ridge with the 360° view of the surrounding mountains. Bring poles as the descent is extremely difficult. Total hike time about 3 to 4 hours with lunch.

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