Highway 40 reopens over Highwood Pass

Highwood Pass cyclists

Cyclists crest Highwood Pass in this file photo.

Highway 40 running over Highwood Pass in Kananaskis Country reopened on September 4, 2013, for the first time this year following June flooding that damaged several sections of the road. It is the highest public road in Canada and provides access to several popular hiking trails and routes in Peter Lougheed Provincial Park, including Elbow Lake (205) and Ptarmigan Cirque (206).

The highway reopening extends south from its junction with the Kananaskis Lakes Trail over Highwood Pass to Lost Lemon Mine Viewpoint, just beyond the park’s southern boundary. It remains closed south of that point to Highwood Junction and beyond.

Trail numbers in parentheses refer to descriptions in the Canadian Rockies Trail Guide, 9th edition (2011).

Photo by Brian Patton

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Brian Patton

Brian Patton is the author of the Canadian Rockies Trail Guide, the essential book for hiking in the Canadian Rockies since 1971.

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