N 52° 01.026 W 116° 02.985
BCP734 - Allenby Ridge
Legoroy and I got a fairly early start from Calgary this morning for the drive to the Canary Creek Trail Head. The area along the Hummingbird Creek Road was loaded with holiday campers. We found good parking at the TH and quickly collected our gear for the bike / hike.
The Canary Creek TH has changed little from a trek we made to the Ram Glacier eight years ago – it’s hard to believe it’s been that long. The Canary Creek Trail is in reasonable shape until the first major crossing where substantial trail damage has occurred due to the June 2013 rain event in the area. Past the first crossing it’s a challenge to find the trail as quad tracks lead to both sides of the valley. However, the key to finding the correct trail is to stay on the north side of the drain once you pass the first outfitter’s camp. The trail often follows the stream bed which makes things a little chilly on the feet after a few hundred metres and multiple creek crossings. Thankfully the last Canary Creek crossing is at the Pleasant Valley intersection where the creek is flowing directly down the trail – nice on a hot day!
Once on the Pleasant Valley Trail things were a little easier as we just hopped the odd wet spot or simply went around larger pools of water. We followed the PVT down to the South Ram River Viewpoint Cache where we planned to head up the opposite ridge to the cap site. We ended up heading about 100 to 150 metres down the trail towards the South Ram River before hopping a small creek and heading up the ridge. The ridge had areas of blowdown, but largely was open forest. Once at the tree line there is a mix of grass and scree making for solid footing on the ascent.
We had a mix of weather on the way up the ridge – sunny periods, walking in the clouds and the odd drop of rain. There is a small rock band on the summit ridge which can easily be ascended and a short distance later is the cap site just beyond the summit cairn.
After snapping pictures of the cap and surrounding valleys – simply an outstanding view point – we took shelter under a rock shelf just below the cap from the driving rain. Fortunately the rain was short lived and we quickly retreated off the ridge and back down to the trail. The trip back to the car was quick, but extremely muddy!
Overall a 34 km round trip with just over 1000 metres of elevation – simply a terrific little adventure! Thanks OFTH for setting up this cap and we’ll post a few pictures of this great little trail.