The valleys, waterfalls and peaks of K Country and beyond
Akamina Ridge (Via Wall Lake and Buchanan’s Pass)
June 29th 2015
Akamina Ridge in Akamina-Kishinena Provincial Park in BC is a treasure. Bordering Waterton Lakes National Park to the east, I can’t believe a place this beautiful exists. It will always amaze me the way the Rockies Mountains hold secret vistas and heart humbling approaches hidden away in each nook and corner.
And the way this place feels, what a presence. Take the depths of Slocan’s eeriness, mix it with the sublime sunrise of a Spray Range summit and through in a handful of rainforest fern gullies, bizarre, beautiful plants and alien insects and you’ve arrived at Akamina Ridge. If the Rockies has a heart, I dare to say it is here.
An unplanned solo hike. It was supposed a leisurely stroll to be Wall Lake, but the fervent glee of the days descending ridge-walkers was infectious as they passed me on the shores. It made me second guess myself and I lumbered like a alpine intoxicated zombie towards the bear grass, onion and butterflied meadows of my imagination. Into the larchy rocky heights of Buchanan’s Pass and onward towards the rainbow stoned plateaus of Akamina ridge. I stopped at 2350 m, drank in the vista with binoculars, and retraced my steps back to the parking lot. A truly marvellous day.
Enjoy the journey and prepare your spirit.
If your planning to hike the full ridge, do so clockwise beginning with Forum lake and the ascent route above its eastern shores to the rockband. This rockband will be easier to ascend than descend.