Old Baldy Ridge Trail

MODERATE 16 reviews

Old Baldy Ridge Trail is a 14.8 kilometer lightly trafficked loop trail located near Kananaskis Improvement District, Alberta, Canada that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
14.8 km
ELEVATION GAIN
963 m
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

hiking

forest

lake

river

views

wild flowers

rocky

scramble

snow

hiking
1 month ago

This trail was much more difficult than expected. It’s straight up hill and a good scramble up some scree. You have to keep an eye out for the cairns to make sure you’re still on the path but the higher you go the more scarce and far between they become. They are there, you just have to trust and keep going even if it feels like you’re doing something wrong. The views from the top of the ridge are worth every grueling step. The hardest part was coming down. The path down a steep hill resembles a game trail and switch backs down towards the valley. Once there you can easily find the path but it was washed away quite badly in the floods and it’s quite the trek back. I wouldn’t recommend taking dogs on this trail as it was extremely difficult for them but they made it. At the end of the day it was gorgeous but tough. It took us 7.5 to 8 hours to complete.

hiking
1 month ago

We biked the first 2 kms, then started the hike up the ridge. Path was clearly marked with ribbon or cairns! Because of the smoke, we could only guess what the views would be like when we came out on the ridge beside mount macdougal. Our plan is to try the hike again next year before BC starts smoking. Getting off the ridge was interesting, as was following the path down by the stream in the valley... nearly eroded away in places which requires some caution!

3 months ago

Went July 6 and we were the only ones on the trail. Fantastic hike with so much variety of terrain and views. Very little snow at the top but the pups loved playing in it. The loop down was a little hard to follow the trail but once we got to the lake it was easy to find. Took 7.5 hours with two long breaks, one at summit and one at the lake. Would recommend to anyone experienced!

3 months ago

The best views in Kananaskis

hiking
5 months ago

Trail starts out well enough but you'll come across a sign stating "Trail not maintained after this point"...As you ascending upon the established horse trail you'll come to a small creek that cuts accross the path, if you do, YOU HAVE GONE to FAR. Go back about 50ft and you'll see an orange flag wrapped around a sapling with a pile of rocks at its base, THATS THE TRAIL...AND it gets worse as you go...Initially u hv a bit of a foot trail to follow then it becomes a game of "Can you find the trail"...So, as you continue, you'll need to read the landscape to stay on track...When they say it's not maintained, they mean it...If you keep a careful eye out, it can be done, just allow some extra time...Nice river creek runs along the lower section, scenery ok.

hiking
5 months ago

Not giving it 3 stars because it was bad, giving it 3 stars because I attempted this yesterday and I was still snowed out. Just want people to know to wait a little longer if you’re wanting to do this hike!

hiking
Friday, May 05, 2017

Easy to get off trail

hiking
Monday, May 16, 2016

Just completed today May 15, 2016.

To access the trail park at Evan-Thomas parking lot down Kananaskis Trail (Highway 40) 17km Past Barrier Lake Information Center.

Nice Wide trail to start but do note The trail is not maintained after the first 2 kilometers. The trail mostly follows the creek all the way up but it can be pretty easy to lose at times and some bushwhacking is required. We made a small loop out of it by going to the small tarn near the top then hiking left up a very steep, grassy ridge. After the grueling climb we got to enjoy a nice ridge walk with amazing views all around! A very strenuous hike not for the super casual type but I would definitely recommend it if your in for a challenge! Took us about 7 hours or so with lots of breaks.

hiking
Sunday, September 10, 2017

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Saturday, August 26, 2017

Thursday, August 17, 2017

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Saturday, July 01, 2017

Saturday, May 06, 2017

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Sunday, August 16, 2015

Friday, July 03, 2015