in the ditch on the east side of highway #40. 13kms
south of Highwood Pass.
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.
Locate the trailhead
next to 4 boulders situated near the
trees. The trail is an old mining road that leads to the top of Mount Lipsett.
Continue up the trail a short distance then turn left at a trail junction. Near
the start you can expect several muddy sections created by underground streams.
After about an hour or so beautiful views of the valley below will keep you
company as you continue up the old road. An abundance of wildflowers paint the
meadows located below the ridge and are in full bloom from late June to Late
August. Once you arrive at the ridge proper, stay right avoiding a dead end road
that spurs off west towards another short ridge. Work your way up to the summit
cairn while enjoying the views on both sides of the ridge. Mist Mountain towers
above to the east and makes you feel lower than you actually are. Views from the
summit are absolutely stunning and well worth the effort.
Local campgrounds include
Mount Kidd. Trailheads to
Elbow Lake to
Rawson Lake are all located near here. You are in bear country.