Still dismayed from a crappy Columbia Icefield trip, and wanting to take advantage of the high pressure system that was providing perfect weather, completely clear skies, warm temperatures and no wind; I headed out for a short day that still allowed some quality family time in the evening. As part of my Opal 35 Project, and to get great views and some exercise, King Creek Ridge filled the bill.
Once on the ridge the snow got very deep, up to waist deep and the odd section that was more than armpit deep! Short sections along the western edge of the ridge provided reprieve from the deep snow. Getting higher on the ridge where was an abundance of Rocky Mountain Sheep, probably saw about 25 sheep.
Nearing the final, highest, northern summit, two mountain goats ran off the summit. Always cool to see the more reclusive mountain goat in K-country. Fantastic views to the Opal Range. With the snow plowed out, I made quick time back to the dry trail. Fun hike in perfect weather.