We have had some awesome weather for hiking this summer. One of the new hikes I have tackled is another ridge hike here at Kicking Horse. It involves going to the top of T2, which is about a half-hour hike and scramble to the south of the Resort. And once you are at the top, there is a trail that keeps going south along the ridge which I did for the second time this summer. I ended my hike after about 30 more minutes. I could have kept going but it was starting to make its way down and I didn't want to have to hike back up and certainly I got the best views at that point. You can keep going all the way back into the Valley near Golden but I suspect there isn't much to see once you get into the tree line and most of the hiking is along logging roads at that point. Which also could be bear country.
All together it took me about 3 hours from the bottom of the Gondola return. It would be nice to see Kicking Horse Resort spend some money on improving the trail though. Just before you get to the top of T2, it involves some major scrambling on soft dirt and rocks. It's not bad going up, but coming down is the big challenge because it is pretty steep. It's unlikely you will hurt yourself too much falling but it restricts the number of people who can enjoy the view. The resort is spending money on the mountain biking trails from the top but I would think there are just as many people using the hiking trails if not more.
Here are a few photos of my trip.
Ken along with his wife Lori are the owners and operators of Vagabond Lodge at Kicking Horse Mountain Resort.