From the parking lot, we crossed to the north side of the campground access road and soon passed a cattle gate before turning right at a signed junction. As we headed eastward along an equestrian trail, we had to watch our step to avoid some great piles of dung. In my mind, this was the crux of the trip! About 800 metres east of the junction, a well-maintained hiking trail splits from the equestrian trail and heads northward up a forested slope. Although there is not much to see on the way up, the grade is not too steep which makes for generally pleasant hiking. Best of all, the hiking trail is mostly dung-free! Just before the top is a 4-way junction, and we turned east here for a short ascent to the high point of Ford Knoll. The high point is mostly covered with trees, but an open ledge a short distance to the north provides some limited views.
After a short break at the top, we took an
alternate trail back to the 4-way junction where we turned west onto the
return leg of our loop. This side of the loop is a bit more scenic,
and we enjoyed a trouble-free descent back to the first junction near the
cattle gate. We secured the gate behind us before walking the short
distance back to the parking lot.
Zosia carefully rock-hops across a creek flowing over an equestrian trail
early in the proceedings.
This steeper section of trail is just
below the high point of Ford Knoll.
A small cairn marks the high point of Ford Knoll (1831 metres).
An open ledge just to the north of Ford Knoll's high point grants this
view of Forgetmenot Ridge.
Zosia stands on the edge of a huge drop on the east side of Ford Knoll.
Behind her is Powder Face Ridge.
Sonny holds an egg that Zosia found, miraculously still intact, in the
middle of the trail. The egg was likely laid by a grouse of some
Some sections of trail are open enough to allow views of
Ridge to the west.
Zosia enjoys some pleasant hiking along the western half of Ford Knoll
Distance: 5.9 kilometres
Round-Trip Time: 2 hours 23 minutes
Net Elevation Gain: 224 metres