Distance: 7 km
Elevation gain: 350 m (cumulative)View mapDownload GPS track
This is an easy half day hike or stroll through open forest and grassy meadows. While the cumulative elevation gain is about 350 m, the longest ascent is 100 m and the word steep does not apply here.
To find the trailhead, take Highway 546 west to the Kananaskis Country sign and park by the sign. The trail begins behind the sign, heading off to the right (NE) and generally follows the fence running north-south. Carry Ridge is initially on the other side of the fence (private land), but about halfway along the ridge enters public land. While there are many trails in the area, keeping to the right and climbing when given a choice should get you onto Carry Ridge. See Gillian Daffern's Kananaskis Country Trail Guide (Vol. 4) for better directions and a map of all the options in the area.
Once on the ridge you'll have about 1.5 km of very easy walking along the grassy ridge to enjoy. To the west is Muley Ridge and to the east is John Ware Ridge. At the highpoint of Carry Ridge, descend towards the west, cross two trails in the valley, and then ascend Muley Ridge. There is a trail heading up the ridge, but it is unnecessary. At the top of Muley Ridge, turn left on the trail and simply make your way back towards the trailhead. While the ridge is treed, the forest is very open and the floor grassy. There are countless fantastic lunch spots. Watch for ticks!