Tiger Jaws Falls Bridge Update

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Photo courtesy Joe Gerritsen

Thanks to Joe Gerritsen for the update on the new bridge construction at Tiger Jaw Falls at Indian Oils day uses are. The work crew told him the only remaining work was to backfill the bridge approaches on both sides and that it should be done by the end of the month.

High Rockies Trail Crews Improve Peter Lougheed Ski Trails


Improved tread and drainage on the Elk Pass trail shortly befoe the pass.

The southernmost section of The High Rockies Trail from Boulton Creek to Elk Pass uses existing ski trails. Some sections of Fox Creek and Elk Pass trails were rough and rooty or badly drained and wet. So trail crews were in there this summer to fix them up.

Where the Larches Are

Arethusa Cirque

Arethusa Cirque the 3rd week in September 2014

So, where are the best larches in Kananaskis Country. There are many old favourites — Burstal Pass, Pocaterra Ridge, Chester Lake — but there are many others. Here is our selection of some of the best larch hikes.

Changes to Rainy Summit Ridge

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Looking up at the summit from the lower top.

Finally got to check out unofficial trail #30 in volume 2 after a gap of a few years. As many of you have already discovered (the trail is well-trodden),  the first two paragraphs as written up in the 4th edition are now obsolete. A new and  better start has evolved.

Trail to Old Baldy

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What is  the condition of the popular (unofficial) trail  up McDougall Creek now that a few years have passed since the 2013 flood?  Undoubtably, the flood waters did a number in the valley, spreading  cobbles and flood debris across the floor and eroding the banks.

Alberta Environment & Parks Minister Meets with Outdoor Community

Minister Shannon Phillips

Photo: Alberta Hiking Association

Alberta Environment & Parks minister Shannon Phillips held an informal meeting in Calgary yesterday with members of the Alberta Hiking Association and invited outdoor leaders from all over southern Alberta. It was a very positive meeting with the minister taking question from anyone who asked, as well as talking individually with participants.

After a century of being granted right-of-way across the land, Albertans are now prohibited from using Sheep Trail as a means of travelling between the Sheep and Elbow valleys, thus cutting off access to Rickert’s Pass, Burns Lake and numerous scrambling peaks. Parks have put up signs warning travellers of the situation.

This is the book that got everybody scrambling way back in 1991 and  paved the way for more scramble guidebooks across Canada.  It’s 25 years on and the much anticipated third edition is finally here, weighing in at 440 pages! There are hundreds of new color photos to drool over  and an interesting use of color to delineate the 13 different areas between Waterton and Jasper.  Five of those areas describe Kananaskis Country peaks.

Powderface Road and the trails it accesses

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The new bridge over Jumpingpound Creek near Dawson trailhead.

After a hiatus of three years, Powderface Trail the Road finally opened on May 16.  We and everyone else out inspecting the road can report that it’s in pretty good condition especially the northern half. Occasional soft spots elsewhere will need a bit more ditching and gravelling.

K Country’s Forgotten Trail

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The Lac des Arc Waterfowl Viewing Trail is promoted by a sign at a popular pull-out on westbound Trans-Canada Highway. However, the start to the trail has been overlaid by the new guard rail. So visitors new to the trail squeeze through a gap in the guardrail at the garbage bin and then what? With no trail in sight do they go left, [...]

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