After returning to my car, we drove down the road to Peninsula day use area to enjoy an après-raquettes! Although the day use area was gated, we easily walked to one of the picnic tables near the lakeshore. Verena and Andy had brought some snacks and refreshments while Mitch had brought a portable grill and some Spolumbo's sausages. Andy had the great idea to grab the ice scraper from my car to help clear off the snow-covered picnic table. Once we got settled, it turned out to be a wonderful place for a picnic. Mitch cooked up the sausages to perfection, and we all had our fill of delicious food and fantastic mountain scenery. This was truly the highlight of the day.
Thanks go out to my marvelous companions
for their generosity in providing food and refreshments, for their great
company, and for helping to get my car unstuck! Sonny, Verena, Mitch and Andy stand on the eastern
high point of Gypsum Ridge. Lower Kananaskis Lake garners the most attention to
the south. Peninsula day use area is a wonderful place for a
picnic on this day. Mount Blane and the Blade are visible at left
while Mount Wintour fills much of the view to the east.
The group descends a steep section
just before reaching Smith-Dorrien Creek.
The group stops to admire the view of
Mount Warspite before crossing Smith-Dorrien Creek.
Here is a more comprehensive view of
Mount Warspite and its adjoining ridges from near the hairpin turn in
Verena seems to be enjoying the outing
as Andy and Mitch follow behind her.
Verena leads the group along the
forested crest of Gypsum Ridge.
Near the high point of the ridge, the
views begin to open up.
Verena and Andy descend from the high
point of the ridge while Mitch hangs back to take a photograph of
Verena climbs up the penultimate knob
along the ridge.
The Opal Range can be seen to the east
behind Mitch and Andy.
Here is a closer look at Mount Blane
and the Blade.
Parts of Upper Kananaskis Lake can be
seen beyond Lower Kananaskis Lake. Mount Fox is the most
prominent peak at right.
Mount Invincible sits to the
Mount Warspite remains the most
striking peak to the west.
The group returns to the high point of
Gypsum Ridge (2111 metres).
The group runs into a snowshoeing
couple with two adorable dogs.
Mount Packenham and Mount Hood
dominate the distant skyline as the group marches down the road.
Verena crawls under some deadfall not
far from the trailhead.
At Peninsula day use area, Mitch sets
up his portable grill while Andy uses an ice scraper to clear the
picnic table of crusty snow.
Mitch and Verena are all smiles in the
A Chinook-like arch stretches across
the sky over Lower Kananaskis Lake.
Mitch is the MasterChef of Spolumbo's
Distance: 7.5 kilometres
Round-Trip Time: 4 hours
Net Elevation Gain: 346 metres
Total Elevation Gain: 492 metres
Sonny, Verena, Mitch and Andy stand on the eastern high point of Gypsum Ridge.
Lower Kananaskis Lake garners the most attention to the south.
Peninsula day use area is a wonderful place for a picnic on this day. Mount Blane and the Blade are visible at left while Mount Wintour fills much of the view to the east.