Centennial Ridge is one of the most impressive hikes in Kananaskis Country with stunning views from the summit. This hike can be a full traverse or a "in-and-out" hike.

This hike can be done as a full traverse, starting at the Ribbon Creek Trailhead and taking you to Dead Man's Flats, just off of the Trans Canada Highway. Starting at the trailhead in the Ribbon Creek parking lot, go north on Hidden Trail. You will be on this trail for ~ 200 m before you need to turn left and begin your hike to Centennial. The trail is well marked and would be difficult to get turned around. It is a moderate ascent through the aspens before you get out of the treeline and get your first view. The next stretch is fairly steep with an elevation gain of ~600 m over a 2 km stretch.

As you continue along the ridge, you will come to a rock garden full of large conglomerate boulders. After you have a quick stop here to take in the vistas, you will make your final climb to the summit.

From here you can continue on or do as I did and come back down to the Ribbon Creek Trailhead.

Pack List

  • Daypack
  • Hiking Boots
  • Water
  • Layers (can get cold and windy at summit, even in the summer)
  • Camera
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RT Distance 9.9 Miles
Elevation Gain 4592 Feet
Activities Photography, Hiking
Skill Level Intermediate
Season Summer, Autumn
Trail Type Out-and-Back
Features
Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Forest
River
Scenic
Wildlife

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