Alberta Parks, with help from The Friends of Kananaskis Country, is conducting a trail user survey throughout Kananaskis parks this summer. You may encounter friendly Friends volunteers at the end of your hike conducting a brief survey using tablets. Please give them about five minutes of your time.
A short guide to the path of The Great Trail through Kananaskis Country with lots of links to maps, and to Trailfinder information screens where you will find more links. Most sections are described in Gillean Daffern’s Kananaskis Country Trail Guides.
For this long weekend (May 19-22), there will be parking (about 70-80 vehicles) in the yellow area in the image. The WBC trails received 36mm of rain and 10cm of snow on May 17, so trails will be wet and muddy for several days. Check current trail conditions on the GBCTA website, before heading out.
The latest improvements to multi-user trails is the provision of cattle guards so mountain bikers don’t have to dismount and open swing gates, or lift their bikes over drift fences when they encounter a V-gate. It also reduces the chance of people not shutting gates behind them.
Did you know that the highest point on The Great Trail (Trans-Canada Trail) is Cox Hill in Kananaskis Country? At 2211 m (7254′), Cox Hill is a superlative viewpoint. Nearby is the imposing bulk of Moose Mountain and it’s impressive north ridge. To the west you are treated to an extensive panorama of the main range [...]
Construction has started today on the much needed enlargement of the West Bragg parking area. The area will be closed until April 1st, then parking will be limited during the main construction period construction to 80-90 parking spots. The majority of the work will be completed by June 30th, with a small amount of work [...]
Kananaskis Trailfinder has been updated to make it easier to use. It is intended to help you decide what trail to hike or snowshoe and to update trail information where trails have changed. It is driven by a database of 464 trails so far. Added are lists for snowshoeing and winter walking. Give it a try!
Data from five Kananaskis Country weather stations in Peter Lougheed Provincial Park is available via the Avalanche Canada website. You can view snow depth, amount of new snow, temperature, wind speed and direction, and relative humidity for the past 24 hours. Find out what the temperature is at the trailhead and if there is any new snow.
Here are the latest West Bragg trail maps. Major additions are Sugar Mama, Sugar Daddy, Mountain View West and the new Kestrel Trail connecting Merlin View to Tom Snow trail.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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 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.