Coal Mine (Hidden) (Ribbon Creek)

Coal Mine (Hidden) (Ribbon Creek) near Kananaskis, AB


This trail was given a rating of 3 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 3 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 3 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 3 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 3 out of 5 stars
7 kms
2hours
moderate
Snowshoeing, Hiking, Cross Country Skiing, Mountain Biking
Spring, Fall, Summer
Kananaskis, AB
User Park2

NTS Map: 082J14

Starting from the *very* popular Ribbon Creek, this trail was a pleasant surprise. On a nice Sunday afternoon, all the other people in the parking lot must have taken the Evan Thomas or Ribbon Creek trails, this one was nearly empty. Got lucky with the wax choice and application area, nailed it perfectly first try.

If you're more adventurous then us (hey, be nice! it was our first ski of the season, maybe 2 seasons), there are at least three other trails starting from the same parking lot (the full Hidden Trail, Evan Thomas, Ribbon Creek + variations) and you can do two or more on the same trip.

The main drawback to this trail is it is pretty much all up or all down. It is 95% up on the way out, but reasonably gentle, nothing a few herringbones won't fix.

Generally it is all out & back, you can make a couple mini-loops if you want some fresh. In the waypoints, Y02a joins up with Y02 and Y01 joins up with the Nakiska Boundry near the Cabin. (NOTE: Cabin - term used loosely). With some more serious off-roading, you should be able to connect up to the Ribbon Creek trail BUT I DIDN'T TRY THIS so you're on your own.

Directions:

West of Calgary on #1 to hiway 40 (Nakiska / Kananaskis Village). South for 23 km to the K-co village road where you turn right. 2km in to the Ribbon Creek parking area. Start on Hidden Trail (trailhead on NE end of furthest west parking lot. 400m up at the first map (waypoint Map1), go left.


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By mgsPosted By: mgs  - Sun Jun 08 23:19:09 UTC 2014 This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars Upside This is relatively easy hike. Not terribly long, and some very pretty scenery. Comment The 2013 floods have dropped a runoff creek in the middle of the former roadway that is the hiking trail. You will find yourself hopscotching back and forth a bit as you go up the first 1.5 km of the hike.

Overall, you gain some 300m of altitude going up the trail, so just be aware that it's vertical all the way. (although the views at the top are worth it!)
By longleggedhikerPosted By: longleggedhiker  - Thu May 13 00:37:43 UTC 2010 This trail was given a rating of 3 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 3 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 3 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 3 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 3 out of 5 stars Upside A nice trail from Ribbon Creek that will provide you with decent views without excessive climbing Downside The trail is straight up the hill all the way Comment This trail provides an alternative to Ribbon Creek trail as it is nowhere near as crowded, and allows you to get to a decent view with minimal climbing.,


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