Nihahi Ridge
A nice early season ridge in the Elbow Valley

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The trail begins in the Elbow Valley campground, and you must walk the length of the campground to reach the actual trails
After the thrilling road walk, the trail wanders through the lower hills, and gains elevation as it reaches the ridgeline.

Nihahi Ridge from the trailhead.

The long road walk at the start

hiker trail!

another multiuse trail!

Mount Glasgow and unnamed from the river.

The trail sign that solves a longtime confusion
The top of the 'h' has worn away, and this sign seems to say 'Nihani'.
This is wrong. the ridge is 'NihaHi'. Do not spread this false information!

Laurier hikes up the trail on lower hill.

View up the Little Elbow valley.

When the ridge begins to rise, the normal route skirts below it on the east side.
Being early spring yet, the shady east side was covered in snow, so we took the slightly more difficult ridge line from the start.
It requires a climb of a few metres up a rock face, but afterwards is all ridgewalk, and highly worth it even if the trail is open.

The trail winds around the ridge.

The group ascends towards the ridge.

The start of the ridge above the climb.

The rest of the group ascends the climb.

We stopped for lunch along the ridge, joined by a hearty delegation of ticks.
As we set off after lunch, the weather started to take a turn for the worse, and with rain starting and thunder threatening, we decided to turn back.
Peter and I continued a little further along to the main ridge just to see, then we all started back as it began to rain.
As it turned out, the rain was short lived, and the sun came back out for the last bit of our hike, but even just to the ridgeline, it's a nice hike.

View along the ridge from our lunch spot.

The end of the road today - where the normal trail ends and scramble begins.

Peter climbs up the ridge.

Descending the ridgeline.

View down to the normal trail.

Descending below the ridge.

Group photo just above treeline.

We saw a few spring flowers popping out, and lots of fossils.

Pasque Flower (anemone patens)

Pasque Flower (anemone patens)

some sort of paleozoic solitary coral

A bit of a brachiopod.

crinoids - a type of (palliser limestone?)

Photos taken by Rachel.

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