Mount Allan Summit
Hiking Mount Allan Via Centennial Ridge
My recent hiking photography expedition to the breathtaking Mount Allan in Kananaskis Country, Alberta leave nothing short of exhilarating journey through the Centennial Ridge, passing by Olympic Summit, and finally reaching the majestic Mount Allan Summit.
Kananaskis Country is a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts. With its sprawling wilderness, majestic peaks, and stunning landscapes, it beckons adventurers from all over the world. This picturesque region offers an array of activities, including hiking, camping, and wildlife spotting, making it an ideal destination for nature lovers seeking an unforgettable escape.
The Call of Mount Allan
Mount Allan, standing tall at an impressive 2,819 meters, is a prominent peak in Kananaskis Country. Renowned for its awe-inspiring views and challenging trails, this mountain offers a thrilling adventure for hikers of all skill levels. The journey to the summit of Mount Allan can be approached via various routes, but the Centennial Ridge through Olympic Summit is a popular choice among experienced hikers for its unobstructed vistas of the surrounding peaks.
Centennial Ridge: Vistas Galore
Embarking on the Centennial Ridge trail is like stepping into a hiker's dream. With its stunning vistas, diverse flora and fauna, and challenging terrain, this trail promises an unforgettable experience. As you trek along the ridge, you'll be greeted by panoramic views of the surrounding peaks, including the towering Olympic Summit where Nakiska Ski Runs of the 1988 Winter Olympic is just right ahead of you.
It is recommended to follow the longer route to Centennial Ridge along a well-marked trail, unlike in my experience taking the shorter route that took me on a much more challenging terrain among tall grasses. Once you pass a short tree line route, you have now reached the start of Centennial Ridge. It seems like an endless switchback before reaching the weather station and the view of the Olympic Summit can be seen.
Continuing the ridge, you reached another vertigo inducing height and the most stunning passage through Rock Garden where huge boulders and spires surely are visual treats and offers a great composition for photographic subjects.
From here, you will have to navigate uneven, rocky scree and some scrambling, extra care will be needed to pass this section but take your time and enjoy the unobstructed breathtaking mountain views all around you. A nice break for lunch or snack would also be a good thing to fuel up for much needed energy before hitting the summit.
Finally, you reached the pinnacle of your journey – the Mount Allan Summit. Standing at an elevation of 2819 meters, this achievement is no small feat. Take a moment to catch your breath, soak in the stunning vistas, and revel in the sense of accomplishment that comes with conquering a mountain. The panoramic views from the summit are nothing short of spectacular, making all the hard work worthwhile.
Before you set out on your own Mount Allan adventure, here are a few tips to ensure a safe and successful hike:
Research the trail, check the weather conditions, and pack accordingly. Remember to bring essentials like water on the trail, there is no source of water on the trail, Ribbon Creek is by the parking lot. A first aid kit is also a good thing to have on your pack at all times, layering is also a must in your backpack as heat, wind, and cold freezing temperature could roll in at any time.
Take it Slow:
Pace yourself and listen to your body. Hiking at high altitudes can be physically demanding, so take breaks when needed and enjoy the journey. Allow enough time so you’re not pressured to return as it is very easy to lose track of time while you immerse yourself in the beauty all around.
Inform someone about your hiking plans and expected return time. It's always better to be safe than sorry. Allow at least 3 hours before it gets completely dark if you’re alone, it’s always good to hike down with someone.
The rugged rock formations at the rock garden
Embarking on a hiking adventure to Mount Allan via Centennial Ridge is an experience that will stay with you forever. From the mesmerizing landscapes to the sense of accomplishment at the summit, this journey offers a chance to connect with nature on a whole new level. So, if you're looking to challenge yourself, immerse yourself in stunning vistas, and create memories that will last a lifetime, don't miss out on this incredible hiking adventure.
The weather station
The summit at 2819m
Mountain vistas opens after passing the tree lines and small scrambling sections
Visit Mount Allan Photo Gallery to view more photo coverage.
Small scrambling section