Starting from the K-Country sign beside the
highway, we headed north on the trail along the boundary fence, and after
dropping down to cross a boggy area, we followed a wet and muddy horse
trail up the west fork of Heel Creek. We eventually worked our way
up onto the crest of Carry Ridge and hiked as far as a grassy viewpoint
about 1.3 kilometres north of the ridge's high point. After taking
a break for lunch, we retraced our steps over the high point and then
carried on to the south end of Carry Ridge where we inadvertently entered
a horse paddock belonging to nearby Anchor D Ranch. A horse
wrangler in the area politely informed us that we were on private land,
but she mainly wanted to warn us about the unpredictability of the many
horses within the paddock. After apologizing for our intrusion, we
quietly made our way back to the highway along a muddy road before
returning to my car at the K-Country sign.
Marta climbs onto the crest of Carry Ridge. Photo courtesy
of Zosia Zgolak Some snowy mountains to the west come into view as
Chester, Zosia and Marta pause for a photo on Carry Ridge.
Marta and Zosia head to the start of
the trail behind the K-Country sign.
Marta and Chester drop down a steep
path beside the K-Country boundary. Carry Ridge is visible on
Chester, Marta and Zosia cross a boggy
section to pick up a trail heading to the right over the ridge ahead
(south end of Muley Ridge).
Marta, Chester and Zosia hike over the high point (1540 metres) of Carry
Zosia pauses to admire the views on the northern half of Carry Ridge.
Left of centre on the horizon is Square (Mesa) Butte.
Marta, Chester and Sonny stop for lunch.
Zosia retraces her steps along the crest of Carry Ridge.
The group continues along the southern half of Carry Ridge.
congregate near the south end of Carry Ridge which is within the
horse paddock belonging to Anchor D Ranch.
Distance: 9.7 kilometres
Round-Trip Time: 4 hours 5 minutes
Net Elevation Gain: 150 metres
Marta climbs onto the crest of Carry Ridge.
Photo courtesy of Zosia Zgolak
Some snowy mountains to the west come into view as Chester, Zosia and Marta pause for a photo on Carry Ridge.