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