Ray said this would be an easy hike, so I was eager to give it a try. Glad I did. This enjoyable ridgewalk could be classified as spectacular, a description usually reserved for elevations above 1000 metres.
The round trip distance is 10.5K, net elevation of 650 metres with an accumulated elevation of 840 metres. Some areas of the hike where you are scrambling on rocks and ledges could be intimidating to the less experienced but our nine-year-old companion had no problems.
We saw no damage to the trails from the June flooding.
Here’s a more detailed hike report from Mary:
From a nice variety of terrain to perfect atmospheric conditions, and from late producing wild strawberries to genial company, today was a summer highlight. Our group of 9 hikers headed out just after 10 am and tackled the forest portion of the trail with aplomb.
We took a brief stop in the meadow below the bowl formed by the two arms of Tent Ridge Horseshoe. The rocky scramble of the east side was handled with ease and we lunched at Tim Horton’s (the red object – communication tower?) at the high point. 9-year-old Medina experienced her first real scramble, going up with confidence and determination.
The next step of the hike required a descent to the col with the loss of 120 m. and then a gain of 145m to the high point of the day (2554 m.). Our two first-time summiteers were Medina and Bob.
The west side of the horseshoe had a bit of tricky down-climb on loose rock and then a fairly straightforward ridge walk to the north end and a drop into the avalanche slope and forest below. While a bit windy on the ridge, the lower slopes and forest were quite warm, but a few late strawberries helped refresh us as we trudged, tired but happy, back to the parked Rv’s full of Kempoo supplies to make us feel at home and accomplished.