In 2016, The Greater Bragg Creek Trails Association focused on upgrading existing trails, adding new winter trails and enhancing the visitor experience. Significant investment and actions by Alberta Parks/Government of Alberta resulted in a number of important enhancements to the 141.3 km trail network that offers opportunities for just about every type of non-motorized trail user!

Fullerton/Elbow Update

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New trail crossing the meadow.

Just in time for the ski season, the trail has been rerouted away from the Elbow River,  It now continues across the meadow and crosses the side creek much higher up onto Fullerton, so doing away with the big climb up from the drift fence. Yeah! 

High Rockies Trail Update

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North peak of Mount French (left) and mounts Robertson and Sir Douglas from the High Rockies Trail

Construction of the High Rockies Trail is almost complete — just under 82 km from Goat Creek to Elk Pass at the powerline. While almost all of the trail can be used this winter there are a few things you should be aware of:

Rescue at Cherry Bowl

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In March, 2013 three backcountry skiers, deeply buried by a large avalanche near Terrace B.C. were dug out alive in less than 20 minutes. The group that rescued them had recently taken a companion rescue course — a choice that made the difference between life and death. Explore this micro-site — it might save your life!

The 2013 flood damaged several day use areas in the Elbow Valley including Allen Bill, Elbow Falls, Cobble Flats, Forgetmenot Pond and Nihahi Trailhead.  Alberta Parks has given notice that they plan to repair and upgrade these facilities starting this fall, with construction continuing through the winter to June 2017.

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

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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

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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.

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