Trailhead: Park at the waste transfer site just east of David Thompson Resort located near Abraham Lake on the David Thompson Highway (#11) 190kms west of Rocky Mountain House. 4.5 hour drive from Edmonton, 3.5 hours from Calgary. If you're traveling from Calgary the route through the National Parks is shorter than heading through Rocky Mountain House.
Description: This trail is steep and unrelenting all the way to the top of the ridge. Locate the trailhead on the right side of the waste site. Continue on as the trail climbs up towards Vision Quest Ridge. Approximately 1/3 of the way you'll come upon a level bench in the rock that was once an old vision quest site. Someone has tied several strands of flag tape to a tree trying to represent the ceremonial fashion of a Stoney Indian vision quest. This is not a real representation. From this point continue working your way up until you reach the ridge and the cliff face called the buckle named after a similar looking climb in Scotland. Once there you will be rewarded with outstanding views of Abraham Lake and the knife like edge of the ridge. Abraham Lake's blue green color is created from glacial silt. Several Limber Pines can be found growing near the ridge edge. Limber Pines can be very old. The ones found near Big Whirlpool are the oldest trees in Alberta.
Near Here: Local campgrounds include Rampart Creek, Thompson Creek, Two O'clock Creek, Dry Haven, Gold Eye Lake, Fish Lake and Crescent Falls Campground. Trailheads to Alexandra's Henry's Trail, Big Whirlpool, Glacier Lake, Kinglet Lake, Loudan Creek, Icefalls Two O'clock Creek, Sunset Lookout, Owen Creek,
Siffleur Falls, Tuff Puff, Two O'clock Ridge, Coral Ridge,
Point Ridge, Allstones Creek, Allstones Lake, Crescent Falls, Siffleur Falls, are all located near here. You are in bear country.