The valleys, waterfalls and peaks of K Country and beyond
High Noon Hills (Sheep)
7.5 km approx. Round trip.
250 m Elevation Gain.
Everyone loves the larches, but what about the trembling aspens! Of all the valley’s in K Country the Sheep River Valley’s aspen run at the end of September is one of Kananaskis Country’s great spectacles. Nestled between the High Noon Ranch and Cow camp, the trail through High Noon Hills give you a front row seat.
Drive west from Turner Valley on HWY 546 for about 10-15 minutes, pass the K Country Sign, cross over Macabee Creek and climb the small hill, look for a pullout just after the top on the left side of the road (a u turn at the Visitor Centre on the other side of the hill is convenient). We ascended the first hill, cruised along the ridge to the to top of a second hill (my favourite) and ended our trip atop a third hill (Hill 794124).
Our first look, across the meadow at the foothills with seams of gold
SW view form the top of the first hill above the meadow near the road.
Looking west across the meadow to the front ranges
Aspen leaves cover the path
Into the aspens
The trail winds along the top of a gentle ridge
Walking though aspens and meadows
Meadow grass, timothy, wild rose and sage cover the hilltops
Approaching a hill top for lunch
Deer hair atop the second hill
The view south towards the foothills of longview
The view west
The round top of the second hill looking SW
Sage atop the second hill
Meadows and foothills
From the second top this shows the trail south though the High Noon Hills
Approaching the aspens
Sage in the foothills
A grazing impact study cage
Cattle wander the hills , at this pony we continued following the trail before oftrailing it up to the third hill
Enroute to the 3rd hill
Approaching the meadow of the third hill
Aspens in the sun
The third hill
West views from the third hills
Bluerock Mountain and Windy Point Ridge in the background
Lady Bugs gather together before winter sets in
We resend the third hill to the SW and meet the Boundary Fence which we follow for a couple minutes before turning westward of trail to meet up the the main trail that leads us back to the second hill.
The return trip, views west into the valleys before Junction Mountain
The choke cherry meadows below the second hill
Climbing the second hill from the south
This hill is fantastic
Approaching the top, sage
The top of the second hill
Trail view of the hills
Meadows atop the High Noon Hills
The trail north along the High Noon Hills
We found this fungus drying on a branch. It turns out the red squirrels gather mushrooms in the fall and dry them out on branches to preserve them into the winter!