Two O'Clock Ridge

Nordegg, Alberta

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This is a great day hike for those who like to give their legs and their lungs a good stretch. The reward for a long and relentlessly steep climb is a gloriously panoramic view on top. Your well-defined, gravel trail begins across the road from #12 campsite. The trail leads up a set of stone steps to a gate and cattle guard that takes you into the Kootenay Plains Cavalcade Group Camp. At the gate the trail forks. Bear to the right and walk along the road toward the toilets. Behind the toilets is a fence and another cattle guard. Here, you intersect with a broad footpath. Turn left and begin a slow, easy climb up through open bush of poplar, spruce and some pine trees. Taking the right-hand fork takes you back to the campground. In late spring and early summer the grasslands abound in Indian paint brushes, purple and white asters, wild roses, the lovely blue harebell and yarrow. Within 100 m a secondary trail joins the main footpath. Turn right onto this narrower path; the trail to the left leads into the Sundance Lodge Loop hike.

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"This is a great day hike for those who like to give their legs and their lungs a good stretch. The reward for a long and relentlessly steep climb is a gloriously panoramic view on top.

Your well-defined, gravel trail begins across the road from #12 campsite. The trail leads up a set of stone steps to a gate and cattle guard that takes you into the Kootenay Plains Cavalcade Group Camp. At the gate the trail forks. Bear to the right and walk along the road toward the toilets. Behind the toilets is a fence and another cattle guard. Here, you intersect with a broad footpath. Turn left and begin a slow, easy climb up through open bush of poplar, spruce and some pine trees. Taking the right-hand fork takes you back to the campground. In late spring and early summer the grasslands abound in Indian paint brushes, purple and white asters, wild roses, the lovely blue harebell and yarrow. Within 100 m a secondary trail joins the main footpath. Turn right onto this narrower path; the trail to the left leads into the Sundance Lodge Loop hike."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Nordegg
Distance: 11.2
Elevation Gain: 3,771 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 1 day
Local Maps: 83 C/1 Whiterabbit Creek
Driving Directions: Directions to Two O'Clock Ridge

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May 2018