The reconstructed Ha Ling/Miners Peak trail is finally open after an almost two season closure. We hiked it a few days ago along with hoards of hikers, trail runners and dogs. It’s different; a new style of Kananaskis Country trail with some interesting features…
There is an interesting ridge between Raspberry and Pasque in the series of ridges lining the west side of Highway 40 before the road starts its winding ascent to Wilkinson Summit. We set out to climb it on a cold, blustery July day with rain in the air.
New editions of our Popular Day Hikes book have just been released in time for the hiking season. Gillean’s Popular Day Hikes in Kananaskis Country has been substantially revised and updated, while;Tony’s Popular Day Hikes in the Canadian Rockies has seen few changes.
We hiked the Mustang Hills to see how the logging has affected the trails. The good news—very little. The summit trail where it leaves the old highway has a cutblock on the right and you cross a logging road halfway up the steep bit, but after this it’s the same as it ever was to east hill. It is only on the summit of this hill that one sees the logging in the shallow valley below.
There’s now a well thought out network of snowshoe/winter walking trails in lower Peter Lougheed Provincial Park that enables snowshoers to create their own short and long loops starting from parking lots at Elk Pass, Boulton Bridge, Boulton Creek, Elkwood, William Watson Lodge, Canyon, the Discovery Centre and Pocaterra.