Hands down one of the most scenic loops in Kananaskis! The Ribbon Creek to Galatea Lakes loop features long flowy running sections, some steeper uphills and ALL the views. The Guinn's Pass trail was just rebuilt after the 2013 floods and it is stunning (see photo above). Views for days up there!
After an easy 7-8 km up to the Ribbon headwall, you'll have to climb up an exposed chain section to access Ribbon Lake. From there, run up and over Guinn's pass and back down to Galatea.
- Distance: 21 km for the traverse from Ribbon to Galatea via the Guinn's Pass climb. Easy to make it longer by adding the North/South Buller loop (30 ish km).
- Difficulty: Challenging
- Total Elevation Gain: 1500 meters
- Where to park: Ribbon Creek Day Use Area.
- For the traverse, you will need to do a car drop at the Galatea Day Use area.
- The other option is to run back to Ribbon creek on the Terrace trail. This adds an extra 11 km (blue line on the image).
- Surface: Technical. There is a short but exposed climbing section with chains. The rock is quite polished. Make sure you are comfortable with 4th class climbing/scrambling before running this traverse.