Here are our picks for the best day hikes in the Sheep River Area. They vary in effort required from an easy walk up Sandy McNabb Hill to moderate ascents of Volcano Ridge and Mount Ware and a long hike to Junction Lookout.
An excellent hike to a tremendous viewpoint 8.2 km return from Indian Oils trailhead in the Sheep River area of Kananaskis Country. New bridge, well marked trail and no creek crossings.
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.
After a century of being granted right-of-way across the land, Albertans are now prohibited from using Sheep Trail as a means of travelling between the Sheep and Elbow valleys, thus cutting off access to Rickert’s Pass, Burns Lake and numerous scrambling peaks. Parks have put up signs warning travellers of the situation.
Here are some of our favourite spring hikes in the Sheep River Area that can be done before the winter gate opens. They have all been the subject of previous blogs and are complete with pictures and trail maps. Enjoy!
Recently we went back to the lands south of Sandy McNabb, where we’ve been taking advantage of the frozen Sheep River. This time we had foothill 732089 in mind, a big sprawling mass that rises steeply above Coal Creek’s narrow valley and looks pretty good from Mount McNabb’s west summit. We knew the back side of it, the south [...]
Yesterday we headed down to the Sheep River area west of Turner Valley for a change of scenery. There is substantially less snow down there than around Bragg Creek and the Elbow. We parked in the Sandy McNabb skating rink parking area and walked down the trail to the Sheep River opposite Coal Creek. After crossing the well-frozen [...]
Missinglink mountain is a fabulous summit with extensive views of the Front Ranges all the way from the Highwood to the Elbow! Taking advantage of the fall weather we hiked up there on October 23rd to be greeted by an impressive, well-constructed inukshuk. A few days later we received an email from Joanne Godfrey of [...]
Description of a new trail in the Sheep River area built in the fall of 2010. It starts from the Sandy McNabb ski trails and joins Death Valley trail at the junction with Windy Point trail.
This 20 km hike is a great fall grand tour of the Gorge Creek area of the Sheep that gets you above treeline for quite a while. Yesterday we checked out the trail to the rocky knoll SE of Mount Ware, then traversed under Mount Ware to take some photos.
Link Creek Trail between the old Volcano Ridge trailhead and Volcano Pass has been re-routed. This blog describes the trail and how it can be used in combination with other trails..
Spring and fall hiking in the Sheep River Area. A short walk to the the first High Noon Hill and a visit to the Sheep River with an option to ascend the second foothill and return via a different route.
A spring hiking loop taking in undesignated trails up Mesa Butte and finishing with Curly Sand Trail.
A 9.3 km snowshoe loop over scenic Long Prairie Ridge in the Sandy McNabb area of the Sheep River with a visit to twin viewpoints atop Pine Ridge. There are many options for shorter or longer trips.
A description and map of the new official trail called Long Prairie Ridge Loop in the Sheep River area.