Rating: 5 of 5
Length: ~33Km Elevation gain:~1100m
This trip was my first backcountry trip and I have done it again since its one of the most spectacular. The trail begins on the Upper Kananaskis Lake trail. You cut off and head around Hidden lake (hopefully the water level is low enough) then up a steep hill and scree towards Fossil Falls (left). You stay your first night at the backcountry campground just below Aster Lake. The next day you head around the lake and up and around towards the ridge. These pics are from August 2005 and 2008 and as you can see snow lingers even then.
The ridge itself boasts spectacular views of the area. It also follows the top of a Glacier (right). This ridge is also steep in areas (above) so it might not be for everyone and the rangers confirm there have been accidents here. It is recommended to travel in nice weather for the best views and safest traverse as wind would not be too nice on this ridge. Heading down from the ridge your second night is at Three Isle Lake campground which since my first visit has been upgraded with picnic tables. From Three isle it’s an easy downhill back to the trailhead. My recommended direction would be as described as heading the other way in my opinion would be harder.