I have been talking to Kicking Horse Resort for years about improving their hikes on the ridges. The views are amazing but some of the trails were a major challenge and access was limited to only a few.
My favourite has been to the top of T2 which is south of the Gondola. It used to involve a few places where you had to scramble up a pretty steep slope, and a few places on the way down where it was best to go backwards at times.
Well that is now over. The resort has built an awesome trail to the top of T2 for summer hiking. There are rock steps built into the steep sections which makes for an easy hike to one of the most majestic views you will see anywhere. I went up for the first time on Sunday to check it out and the best review was the fact there were hikers everywhere of all ages on the trail. This trail cannot take a back seat to anything in the National Parks.
You can go from the top of the gondola to the top of T2 now in 30 minutes or even less. There is a trail that you can continue the hike for at least another 30 minutes if not more continuing south along the ridge. Hopefully this is just the start.
Congrats to the resort for this.
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Ken along with his wife Lori are the owners and operators of Vagabond Lodge at Kicking Horse Mountain Resort.