Hell’s Ridge (Highwood)

6 km round trip distance approx.  More if you walk the ridge.

325 m elevation gain

What a great day for a ridge walk, and in the foothills of the Highwood no less.  A chinook arch, a huge wall cloud with threatening rain, snow and wind.  Great company questing through the lush green forest, in winter?  Oh yes, what a strange year it has been.

Enjoy this one, navigation skills are a must, experienced hikers only as the game trails multiply and dissolve by the handful.  The ridge has a touch of scrabbling at the top and undulates like a psytrance baseline from north to south.  With the great divide watching from a distance.  And its windy as hell.

IMG_6136
Heading up, bushwhacking and following game trails.
IMG_6145
Outcroppings, springs, and xerophtic plants abound on the western slopes.
IMG_6146
Etherington creek valley and Rasberry Ridge beyond.

The Coyote Hills in the distance as we ascend through a meadow.

IMG_6151
The wind starts.
IMG_6155
Nearing the top of the ridge, the goal is the third summit. We made it to the first.
IMG_6159
Snow threatens in the distance
IMG_6164
Atop the ridge looking south. The wind is howling, great spot for lunch…
IMG_6166
Junction hill and the Highwood valley.
IMG_6173
Descending a rib of Hell’s ridge westward towards Etherington creek. Flagging tape marks the way.
IMG_6176
Hell’s Ridge from Highwood Junction.
Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s