Read's Ridge & Mount Sparrowhawk Trail

HARD 34 reviews

Read's Ridge & Mount Sparrowhawk Trail is a 9.3 kilometer lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Dead Man's Flats, Alberta, Canada that features beautiful wild flowers. The trail is rated as difficult and primarily used for hiking, walking, and snowshoeing. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
9.3 km
ELEVATION GAIN
1,359 m
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

hiking

snowshoeing

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

snow

hiking
30 days ago

Absolutely fell in love with this trail, incredible views of spray lake. As always, be prepared for unpredictable weather, we got caught in a storm.

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike, good steady elevation gain and great scree. The scramble to the peak can be a bit intimidating to some as you are above 3000m and there is a lot of lose rock but I loved it. Follow the cairns to the east side of the peak to summit. Not for the faint of heart but well worth the work as it stands well above most of the peaks in Kananaski and bow valley. I you have good risk tollerance crush the summer ridge for a little added adventure. It's narrow exposed and jas a good amount of lose rock and up and down climbing.

Fossils in the scree on the way up!

2 months ago

Excellent hike. Definitely one of my favourites. The views are amazing.

I attempted this hike on June 5th. It’s snow free until you hit the small pass just to the north of reads ridge. You’ll definitely need microspikes for that portion. After you get through the small pass there is snow on the ground again from ~2700m up to ~3000m. Thankfully the snow was very solid and easy to walk on. The scramble up to the top was icy, I ended up turning around a bit shy of the summit since I was solo and was nervous about slipping. I’ll be back this summer to hit the peak.

2 months ago

unrelenting steep ascent. not for the faint of heart. you're on top of the world on the summit block looking down from your 3150 m perch at all the peaks surrounding you. it's an exhausting hike/scramble but so worth it!!

2 months ago

Very fun but a lot of scrambling!

hiking
2 months ago

Dynamic, fun trail with a good amount of scrambling closer to the top. Went on June 2nd and it was very windy and cold. Definitely a good idea to have a few extra layers with this one. And please don’t try to hike it in sneakers, it will not be a pleasant or safe experience. Views are amazing all the way up. Would highly recommend =)

5 months ago

all kinds of snow for skiing big cornices right now I would be careful

9 months ago

Hiked in August 2017. Was snow free up to weather station. Fantastic views from early on.

11 months ago

Steep and steady climb. Amazing views. Very short 5-10 min hands on scramble at peak. Ankle deep snow above the tree line. The hut in the pass is open and is a great spot to break. Must do!!!

hiking
11 months ago

Very, very windy but the views were worth it

hiking
11 months ago

hiking sticks and decent hiking shoes are a must. This trail starts pretty easy and gives you a good warm up period for the first 10-15 minutes. But it quickly gets steep and challenging after that. You get a little break from the dificulty halfway up the trail but it gets pretty tough again going up to the top. Theres a little shelter at the top, and the view is pretty sweet and very rewarding once you get there. The trail is challenging as a whole, and I recommend having sticks as it will save your quads from a lot of pain going up, and will help you a lot on the way down.

11 months ago

Steep. Windy! 360 degrees of amazing views. Bring poles to manage the steep scree skiing.

hiking
Saturday, August 19, 2017

We did this yesterday August 28, 2017. Fantastic views.

hiking
Friday, August 11, 2017

Very rewarding to be 10,000ft+ above sea level. My hiking buddy and I were completely mesmerised by the huge fossil deposit this area has. If you want to see fossilized creatures that used to live in this area millions of years ago, stop and take a look at your feet while your scrambling! You won't be disappointed.

hiking
Tuesday, July 04, 2017

We did this hike Sunday July 2nd, which was a long weekend. The day was beautiful, little to no cloud cover, a high of 27 and very little wind. Finding the parking lot and trail head is very simple as long as your follow the instructions. Early on in the hike (first 30 mins) there are two Y intersections but just stick left (Going up) they are marked with a small sign or post.

I would rate this hike a moderate to difficult hike. There is really no challenging aspects until you reach the mountain peak which light scrambling but it is a long hike so bring lots of water. There were small springs and waterfalls the day we were out as the snow was still melting so if you have some tablets you can refill from there if necessary.

In all i really enjoyed the hike, would recommend to anyone looking for something new and exciting.

hiking
Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Completed this one August 20, 2016 some of the best 360 degree views in all of Alberta. The way up is quite the grind but well worth it! the We descended skiiers left of reads ridge on the way down and met up with the Sparrowhawk Tarns trail eventually, although I would not reccomend this descent route personally. All in all a great hike with some light scrambling and also a 10,240 foot summit is something to be proud of I'll definitely be back! :)

hiking
Tuesday, July 29, 2014

My third time back to the Spray Lake Provincial Park in Alberta, Canada, but I was even more impressed by the views than the very impressive first two times !!!

Here's a link to a very good description of the route. http://www.trailpeak.com/trail-Mount-Sparrowhawk-near-Canmore-AB-11160

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

4 months ago

hiking
6 months ago

hiking
10 months ago

hiking
Monday, August 07, 2017

hiking
Saturday, July 29, 2017

hiking
Thursday, July 20, 2017

Load More