Snowshoe Trails

Snowshoe Rummel Ridge

This is the little summit at the south end of The Tower with a great view. In his snowshoe book Andrew describes a route from the Rummel Lake trail with moderate avalanche risk. We were looking through Matt Clay’s website  and discovered he’d been up from the north side via Engadine Creek, a route  with no [...]

Now that the snow has arrived, it’s time to check out Snowy Owl and Snowy Shortcut, two new snowshoe trails at West Bragg Creek. Built by volunteers from the Greater Bragg Creek Trails Association this addition brings the total trail network at West Bragg Creek up to 106 km. Snowy Owl trail makes a large [...]

Snowshoe Canmore Nordic Centre

The Canmore Nordic Centre has recently created a very pleasant 3 km snowshoe trail; a mixture of old roads and single-track bike trails. Unfortunately the start is hard to find if you don’t know the area in summer and the trail has nowhere near enough signs to make it easy to follow in winter. While [...]

Snowshoe Sinnot Hill

Just before the very cold weather hit we squeezed in an easy snowshoe trip to a viewpoint off Hwy. 549. Starting at the K Country boundary, we  pushed snow to Threepoint Creek, which was well frozen, took  Curly Sand trail to the meadow junction, then climbed 9999 trail to the pass. All the way we [...]

Mystery on Riverview/Elbow Valley loop

We finally got around to snowshoeing this popular hiker’s loop of about 7.5  km on a Thursday afternoon in mid January, the day warm and sunny, the meadows gleaming pale orange through my brown-tinted sunglasses. From Paddy’s Flat campground access road we got onto Riverview (brand new red marker at the start) and enjoyed an [...]

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 [...]

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