Leseuer Ridge

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Distance:
8 km
Difficulty:
Easy
Elev. gain:
290 meters
Time required:
2 - 3 hours
Bikes permitted:
Yes
Dogs permitted:
Yes
Horses permitted:
Yes

Directions to trail head

Heading north from Cochrane, turn left at highway #1A and drive 14.7 kilometers turning right at the Forestry Trunk Road/Highway #40. Continue on Highway #40 for 24.4 kilometers and turn left onto Township Road #270. Immediately after turning left you will see what looks to be a trail sign. You want to continue down the #270 for 2.8 kilometers and you will see a sign next to a cattle gate announcing that you have entered a multi-use area. This is the trailhead.

Hike Description

When I arrived at the parking area I was disappointed to find about a dozen ATVs and their riders. I hiked on and within less than a kilometer I could no longer hear the ATVs and did not see a single one on the trail. The trail, while a relatively easy hike and fairly scenic, is single track and I would expect would be very difficult if not dangerous on an ATV.


From the trailhead, the trail heads perpendicular to the road straight north following a barbed wire fence to your right. You will follow the trail alongside the fence for 600 meters climb a short hill and then you will see two trails. The trail to your left that appears relatively flat runs along the bottom of Leseuer Ridge and eventually makes it way down to Lesueur Creek. The trail that is straight ahead will take a switchback weaving through the trees and will then climb off to the left and follow along the top of Lesueur Ridge. The elevation profile shows the trail if you turn left and follow the lower trail and then return along the ridge. I would suggest that you follow the upper trail west and return on the lower. By taking this route you will be able to view the mountains all the way along the ridge. On the lower trail there are only a few points at which the trees open allowing you a chance to view Devil's Gap and the mountain range.


If you tackle the upper trail first the trail follows the edge of the ridge for almost 2 kilometers before it heads north into the trees. There is a trail that you can follow through the woods down to the lower trail to return home. I missed it and the GPS track continues through the woods to an obvious cutline. The cutline descends rapidly for 1.1 kilometers and at the point where the trail flattens out there is a trail to the left (south) that cuts through the woods to the lower trail allowing you to return along Lesueur Creek. When you reach the obvious trail next to the creek turn left. Within a very short distance you will find a barbed wire gate (be sure to close it). Head back to the start of the Lesueur Ridge Loop (approximately 3 kilometers) and back to the parking area.


This trail is unmarked. Remember to take a map, a GPS, or someone who knows where they are going.


Leseuer Ridge Trail



Hike Photos

Devil's Head and Black Rock Mountain

Elevation Profile Image

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