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Rye Ridge

Starting from the Etherington Creek Parking lot this trail follows Etherington Creek to the GDT where we will traverse to the summit of Rye Ridge.  This hike offers a bit of everything including trailside wildflower displays culminating at the summit with head on views of Baril Peak, Mt. Etherington, Mt. Armstrong, Mosquito Hill, Raspberry Ridge and numerous peaks south.  After the hike we can stop in Longview for food or ice cream.

In order to attend this hike you should be comfortable hiking distances (up to 25 km) with moderate elevation gains.  This will be a full day.  Do not plan on being back to Calgary before 9:00 p.m. 

Departure will be at 7:30 a.m. sharp. Please arrive 10 to 15 minutes early as there will be a waiver to sign and carpooling to arrange.  Those who want to grab  breakfast to go from Tim's can do so while we get everything arranged.

No double event booking please.  Those who book but fail to show will be banned from all future events.  In order to attend you must be signed up as a member.  Signup is free.

Distance:  21 km

Elevation Gain:  559m

Hike rating:  Moderate

Required gear: 

1 to 2 litres of fluids, snacks, day pack, sunscreen, mosquito repellant, waterproof hiking boots, creek crossing shoes, warm clothing.


Hiking poles, camera, extra pair of dry socks and shirt

Fuel Cost:


Driving Directions:

Highway 2 to Okotoks, Okotoks to Longview, Longview to Highwood Trail, Highwood Trail to 940, 940 to Etherington Creek Parking.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    A fantastic group and day out with the three amigos. The ridge we did today is definitely one that I can highly recommend. Views were incredible and the tv with the giant grasshopper made the effort all worthwhile. There were questions today like Rye didn't we do this sooner? Rye doesn't anybody know about this trail? And of course my favourite comment. I think I could really use a rye with gin after this one. I know that all of todays attendees will be itching to re-do this ridge again so keep your eyes peeled for a re-post and remember "you snooze, you lose"

    July 12, 2014

  • Stephen B.

    Not suitable for hiking

    July 12, 2014

  • Steve

    I am really sorry for not showing up this morning. I park my car at my parents house and when I got their last night, my car wouldn't start. I found out this morning that where the battery connects to the battery terminals had corroded to the point that the car wasn't getting enough juice to start. After they were cleaned up, everything was fine. I couldn't tell you last night that I couldn't go because I don't have a smart phone and my parents computer isn't working.

    July 12, 2014

  • Moca J.

    Thankyou John for your invitation. Unfortunately, after a training run tonight, my left ankle is still too sensitive that I would likely do the 21 km. in pain. It's going to be a great hike ! Have Fun !

    July 12, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    For those who need to reach me the day of the hike I can be reached via the cell number sent to all who are attending. I will be unable to check emails that morning so please call if you have any questions.

    July 11, 2014

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