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Guinn's Pass Loop

Rating: 4.5 of 5
Difficulty: Hard
Length: ~23Km (as traveled)
Elevation gain:
~900m

 

The trail begins near Kananaskis Village at the Ribbon Creek trailhead. The trail from here is easy along a flat creek valley that is very popular. Once you hit Ribbon falls (left and below) you head up the steep headwall to Ribbon Lake. Be aware that this involves climbing up a steep cliff where chains (below) have been installed. This will not be for everyone. The first night was spent at Ribbon Lake campground. The next day is the trail to Guinn's Pass. The trail begins flat but eventually heads steeply up to the pass as you leave vegetation behind. Once you reach the pass you are greeted by a great view of the surrounding peaks. If you have the energy I recommend heading up the ridge to the east for a nicer view where you can view all the lakes in the area.

Guinns Pass Alberta

Heading down you start off on a nice dirt trail that eventually dives down to the creek bed which becomes a tougher haul on loose rock. After hitting the bottom of the creek you head up just a bit to Lillian Lake Campground which is where the second night was spent. From Lillian Lake you have the option of heading to Galatea Lakes which I recommend. It is a steep but short hike up a headwall. The last day was a downhill trail following Galatea creek. This trail was nicely shaded from the sun as it heads toward the Galatea parking lot. Shuttling a vehicle between the Ribbon Creek parking lot and Galatea Parking lot is a great option to skip the 10K trail between the two trail heads.

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