at the Highwood Pass summit parking lot on highway #40 just south of the Upper
Kananaskis Lakes turn
180 kms west of Calgary.
Note: Highway #40 is closed at the Upper Lakes and
Highwood House Junction from Dec 1st to June 14th for wildlife preservation.
Interesting to note that Highwood
Pass at 2206ms
is the highest paved point in
Canada. Locate the trailhead on the
north side of the parking lot. Continue on
a short distance through Highwood
Meadows then across highway #40.
Follow the trail as it climbs towards Ptarmigan Meadows and
Several interpretive signs can be
found explaining the local
wildlife and geology. Ptarmigan
Meadows are absolutely beautiful. Wildflowers
are blooming everywhere during
the summer months. There is a small stream
cascading over several rock benches
creating beautiful small waterfalls throughout the meadow. Ptarmigan Cirque is a large scree filled bowl created by melted glaciers.
The cirque is located
further up the meadow towards the
bottom of the ridge that
connects Mount Rae and Mount
Arethusa. An early morning start is
recommended to escape the summer crowds.
During the highway closure the highway is excellent for early spring cycling.
Pictures below were taken in late October.
Local campgrounds include
Mount Kidd. Trailheads to
Elbow Lake to
Rawson Lake are all located near here. You are in bear country.