Mt. Allen/Centennial Ridge

What a perfect weekend to play in the mountains. Carolyn, Todd and I decided to scoot up Mt. Allen/Centennial Ridge in Kananaskis. There wasn’t a cloud in the sky! I had not done this hike before, and I’d definitely recommend it. It was a lot of climbing and on a day (like today) with no wind and no clouds, you definitely want lots of fluids (the climb is pretty steady to the summit) and plenty of sunscreen (it’s exposed for about 3/4 of the hike).

You can do this hike one of two ways,  from Dead Man’s Flats near Canmore or from Kananaskis Village. If you have a lot of time, and a couple of cars, you could even do a one way hike.

The estimated time for the hike (based on some of the books/websites we checked out) is around 8-10 hours, but we did it quite easily, with reasonable breaks in 6.5 hours. I could not believe how busy the hike was. We ran into several large groups as I think everyone was taking advantage of the perfect conditions.

The views on this hike are pretty amazing. Being that this is apparently the highest maintained trail in Alberta, the views seem to go on forever. Also, there are some pretty unbelievable rock formations.

I have not been out for many hikes this summer, and it felt good to play outside with friends. I was feeling very fortunate today to have these mountains in our own backyard.

Life is good. See you on the trails.

19 Aug 2012 2

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