66. This magnificent ridge, long and straight, stretching northwest from the Elbow Valley, looks a tempting hike from some angles. Scramble: Most of the way up is hiking until you get to the ridge except there is one spot where you need to scramble up a weakness of a rockband. When the packed dirt trail exits onto the dry upper creek bed, there is a sharp left downstream. Get there in time to start hiking at 9:30 am. This one is worth the trip! Worth It! Always liked this hike and it was a great way to break in my new hiking shoes. Stay on Little Elbow Trail for 4.1km past the two Nihahi Ridge turnoffs and along the flats, next to Little Elbow River. Some 20+ km of ridge walking and 14 hours later, we reached the parking lot. Archived. Enjoy a short hike to expansive views at the south end of the ridge, or continue the adventure on a tightrope, across the entire length of the ridge. By CORE Author | | Comments Off on Nihahi Ridge – End of hike treat. Nihahi Ridge. Start: Hwy. Nihahi Ridge - changed to Powerface Ridge – A level hike. Ironically, the drive along Powderface Trail in the dark (to pick up the second car and bike) proved more frightening than the ridge itself. Time: 5 hours. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from May until September. This trail follows beside and above the creek behind Nihahi Ridge. Another 1.9K will take you to the top of Nihahi Creek. This event is for B1 level hikers. Nihahi Ridge Hike in April? There is a newly renovated parking lot (2018). When plans fall through on a weekend, then there is no better time to go out for a hike instead! Nihahi Ridge is a wonderful all-terrain hike close to Calgary. Some scrambling at the end (optional).. I marked "Scramble Up" on the map. I was super excited about the whole thing. I did mount Glasgow today in Kananaskis country off HW 66 and noticed Nihahi ridge. 30.09.2017 - If you're looking for a great hike that won't take all day & is relatively close to Calgary, you would do well to choose Nihahi Ridge in Kananaskis Country. Solo hiking adventure up Nihahi Ridge – June 4. about 4 years ago. share Share . If the creek is present, the canyon will be inaccessible. Limit of 10 participants. You can enter Nihahi Creek from the top and work your way down or you can enter from the south and hike through it both ways. And was just wondering if anyone on here has gone far down the ridge where it goes quite a distance. This is an intermediate hike but can be a hard one for some. Park anywhere where trailhead parking is permitted (the rest of the parking is limited to campers). To access the south entrance you leave the trail around 200M before the top and hike down a small ridge to enter the south entrance. Nihahi Ridge is essentially a long series of bumps just like this one. Not sure if that would therefore make the Nihahi Ridge … link Copy Link. About an hour from the Southern edge of Calgary, this hike starts near the Little Elbow Campground and takes you up and away into the mountains. Nihahi: familiar to anyone who has visited the western end of the Elbow Valley – which is practically the entire population of Calgary. 2 reviews | | DIFFICULT #2 hike out of 5 in Little Elbow Provincial Recreation Area | DIFFICULT. The trailhead is located at the Little Elbow parking lot near the end of Hwy. To get to the summit, we had to hike up a crevice to get over a rock band. The start of the hike is a bit underwhelming, as you will have to make your way past the outskirts of the Little Elbow Campground along the road, about 1.5 km. 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