Kananaskis Country

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Ribbon Creek (Summer)

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The trail is 8.1 km one-way to Ribbon Falls with an additional 2.0 km to Ribbon Lake. The first 8 km of trail is a spectacular valley hike hemmed in by massive cliffs of Mt. Kidd and Mt. Bogart. Ribbon Falls Backcountry Campground is located at the falls. To reach Ribbon Lake and the Ribbon Lake Backcountry Campground from Ribbon Falls, one must climb a cliff with two sections of chains to assist. The climb up the cliff is a serious undertaking - likely not possible if you suffer from vertigo. Climbing down the cliff, especially in wet weather, is even more challenging.  Note that bikes are only permitted on the first 4.0 km of this trail.

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Chains at the Ribbon Lake Headwall have been replaced with Steel cables and rungs. 

Note: Bikes permitted on first 4 km of trail ONLY.

Length:9.1 km one-way to Ribbon Falls or 10.1 km one-way to Ribbon Lake Backcountry Campground
Elevation Profile350 m / 1,137 ft to Ribbon Falls plus additional gain of 250 m / 820 ft to Ribbon Lake m
Type:Out-and-Back
SummerHikingMtn Biking/CyclingE-bike
WinterE-bike
Trail MapEvan Thomas PRA Ribbon Creek Central Map
Evan Thomas PRA Ribbon Creek Wedge Pond Trail Map
Trail Report:Kananaskis Valley
Trails  Kananaskis Country  - All Parks
Updated: Sep 2, 2022