Flood Closes Kananaskis Country

Most roads in K Country are currently closed with bridges washed out. The picture (from a tweet by CMBA) shows the bridge on Elbow Falls Trail just east of Allen Bill Pond. Who know when the road will be open! The bridge will probably have to be demolished and a completely new bridge built. Hopefully a temporary crossing can be constructed to get us through summer and fall.

Elbow Bridge
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  • Susan Billington Jul 3, 2013, 10:35 pm

    check the following links for the closure areas. There is substantial damage to the infrastructure in the area and the State of Local Emergency for the Kananaskis Improvement District is still in place. http://www.albertaparks.ca/kananaskis-country/advisories-public-safety/kananaskis-closed-areas-(including-highways).aspx

  • Darren Paches Jun 29, 2013, 9:59 am

    I guess the flooding is a reminder that nothing stays the same. Any word on the Three Isle Lake trail ,and the Forks, Three Isle Lake and Turbine campgrounds? Haven’t seen any aerial shots yet. Is #3 Kananaskis Trail Guide still expected soon? How will this change the release of #5?

  • Vinit Khosla Jun 27, 2013, 1:41 pm

    Thanks very much for that, Rachel.

  • Rachel Jun 27, 2013, 8:22 am

    Highway 40 and Peter Lougheed are not near as damaged as some other areas, and are the first priority to fix. There is no specific listed damage around the lakes, though it plausible the camps did flood and details are not yet out.

    I would suggest that by August, you will have no trouble hiking.

  • Vinit Khosla Jun 27, 2013, 7:03 am

    A large group of us from a hiking club in Vancouver were planning to stay at Lower Lakes Group Campground in Peter Lougheed Provincial Park from Aug.4-11 and hike in the surrounding area. We are now wondering if that is going to be possible. It sounds as if some of the posters here are much closer to the area and better informed than us as to the flooding damage. We’d really appreciate some comments as to the probability that we will be able to do our camping/hiking trip. Thanks.

  • Gord Jun 26, 2013, 5:56 pm

    Saw other pictures of the bridge at allen bill pond. Technically the bridge still appears intact but it looks like about 50 metres of road way (and all the soil under it) leading up to one of bridge’s ends are gone. I bet that they will be able to salvage at least part of it.

  • Gord Jun 26, 2013, 5:49 pm

    Newspapers say that kananaskis golf course is shut for the season and that they laid off 140employees for the year….

  • Wayne Hortensius Jun 26, 2013, 5:16 pm

    The barricades are down on #68 and Powderface Road is open to Dawson now. The winter gate is shut and there’s a ROAD FLOODED sign up. And the trail bridge over the Jumpingpound has been washed away.

  • Wayne Hortensius Jun 25, 2013, 7:38 pm

    As of this morning #68 was still closed between the Sibbald Flats campground entrance and #40, so you can’t even get to the north end of Powderface Road.

  • Cappy Jun 25, 2013, 7:14 pm

    Does anyone know if Elbow Campground is accessible thru Hy68 and the Powderface Road?

  • Gillean Daffern Jun 25, 2013, 10:25 am

    The Sheep road is open to Sandy McNabb campground, maybe to Bluerock Campground by the weekend. The bridge is out between Black Diamond and Turner Valley, so to get to Turner Valley use Hwy. 22.
    Can also drive Hwy. 68 from the Trans Canada to Sibbald Lake campground.

  • Ana Jun 25, 2013, 7:42 am

    Too bad. I has a couple of reservations at Mt. Kidd. One for July long weekend and the other one in August. We just love K. Country. Hopefully the roads will reopen soon

  • Rachel Jun 24, 2013, 10:18 pm

    No need to go to Saskatchewan. The bad stuff was pretty much southern Alberta – the Jasper area is in excellent shape, and the Lake Louise – Yoho area will be good once access is granted to them.

    As far as recreational opportunities go, it seems Kananaskis took the brunt of it.

  • Tony Daffern Jun 24, 2013, 6:56 pm

    Thanks for the comments. Please let us all know when any roads open to recreational traffic. Also once they open, any significant changes to trails and trailheads.

  • Peter Jun 24, 2013, 5:18 pm

    This damage will take years to repair. Don’t plan on heading to the mountains anytime soon. We’ll have to spend our tourist $ in Saskatchewan now!

  • don Jun 24, 2013, 8:55 am

    How much progress has been made on highway 40. I know the army is in there and they are constructing bridges, if I am correct it will only to allow people out. It is very unlikely that anyone will be allowed into Mt Kidd if they get the road open.

  • Rachel Jun 22, 2013, 11:00 pm

    Highway 40 is in rough shape as well:

    The military is out working on temporary bridges to evac people from the Village and Peter Lougheed.

    I also have on good authority that at least half of the road has been washed out by the Highwood River down south as well. This will be a long, slow recovery.

  • Gillean Daffern Jun 22, 2013, 5:04 pm

    I don’t think this will be a high priority somehow! Likely, Allen Bill Pond is once again part of the Elbow River.
    In Canmore, it looks like Cougar Creek has taken out a section of Benchlands Trail plus the Cougar Creek trailhead with it.

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