Snowshoe Trails

Snowshoe High Noon Hills

The hiking trails of the High Noon Hills translate well into snowshoe trips ranging from a couple of hours to a half day. And while wandering the  meadows and aspen woodlands is enjoyable, what you remember most is the panorama out west to the Front Ranges. Not many foothills give such fantastic views. (See  #1 [...]

Snowshoe to Mine Scar

In the Kananaskis Village/Ribbon Creek area there are three established half-day snowshoe loops: the two  Village Loops from the village and  Troll Falls loop from Stoney Trail parking lot. Unlisted is another easy half day trail that is accessible from either Ribbon Creek parking lot or Nakiska parking lot. It’s a little longer than the [...]

Snowshoe Jumpingpound Mountain?

Not many people realize that Powderface Trail the Road is open for public driving from the north end to Canyon Creek. (Well, you  do have to read K Country’s snowmobile report for the Sibbald Area to get this info.) Spray Lakes Sawmills is currently pulling out logs and when that is finished, the road will [...]

Last weekends snow storm appears to have favoured the West Bragg Creek trail system more than any other area in Kananaskis Country. There is anywhere from 18cm to 37cm of snow on the trails, depending on aspect, wind exposure and trail width. In general, there is more snow on wide trails and much less on [...]

Snowshoe to Rae Glacier

Everyone goes to the Rae Glacier to ski before Hwy. 40 closes. So we were definitely the odd  people out. “Oh, you don’t have skis!” said Nancy and Doug who passed us on the way up when we stopped for a mars bar.  We explained that we like to mix it up a bit and [...]

Snowshoe to Mount Murray Viewpoint

Our objective was the Mt. Murray Viewpoint via Lower Chester Loop (blue  ski trail) in the Smith-Dorrien. According to two weather forecasts, we had picked the sunny day of the week for photographs. So we left the Chester Lake parking lot in sun, marvelling at the huge amount of snow as we carefully navigated past [...]

Winter Walk over Ranger Hill

Back to West Bragg! On a Friday afternoon we hiked the Ranger Hill Loop clockwise, i.e. Boundary Ridge and Strange Brew to the summit and Ranger Summit trail back down. It would be our first time doing the loop using the new trails in their entirety. No more flogging along Crystal Line and Loggers Loop. [...]

Snowshoe Elkwood Loop & Marsh Loop

Finally got to try out three new official snowshoe trails in Peter Lougheed Provincial Park.: Elkwood Loop, Marsh Loop and the connector to William Watson Lodge. While each is quite short , 3.3 km, 1.9 km and 860 m respectively,  they  can be joined together to make a 6.9 km loop from Elkwood parking lot. [...]

Snowshoeing Guide is here

An attractive looking book with excellent writing and colour photos, some with the routes marked on, and good topo maps at the back of book with routes marked on in red. There is a section at the beginning on equipment, technique, etiquette  and avalanche hazard and an appendix on snowshoeing on the Wapta and Columbia Icefields. Routes are described by highway starting in Waterton National Park and range up through the Rockies to the north edge of Banff National Park.

Snowshoe McLean Hill

A snowshoe up McLean Hill from Hwy. 549. We had been up Ridge trail many times  before, but always as a spring tune-up. This would be our first time on snow and we guessed that the motor bike trail would translate well into a snowshoe trail. It did. The hills are manageable (not a novice trail, though) and the pine forest retains the snow well. Amazingly, the snow was more like mid-winter snow, and very often we were breaking trail through 14 inches of it.

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