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Random Updates from Highwood and Bow Valley
July 28, 2018
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1) The log crossing Storm Creek to get to Running Rain Lake washed away. Fording now necessary. Also, please don't muck with the research cameras, as it makes it harder for us to monitor wildlife and costs you taxpayers money to replace damaged cameras.

2) The (now closed) Picklejar Day Use access road has been torn up. There is, at this moment, no "trail" beaten in to get to the trail heading up to the lakes area. Best bet: stay on the grass on the RIGHT side for about 100 m until you see a wide cut in the trees between the reclaimed road and Hwy 40. Cross the reclaimed road into the forest on the LEFT side. Pick up a weak trail that parallels the road and gets better as it gets to the far end of the former day use area and follow it to its end at a dry creek bed. Descend into the creek bed & turn left. In about 75 m, look for two LARGE cairns marking the trail start, one right at the star, one on the left by the larger creek channel.

3) Jeff's trail crews and the Friends are virtually complete on the new start to the West Wind Ridge trail in Wind Valley from the Dead Man's Flat's Wind Valley trailhead, and it it TOTALLY worth the visit if only just to see the new section. Three new bridges offer very pretty views.

4) The Stewards, under the direction of COs and Parks, have started reclaiming trails in the Horseshoe Loop area rabbit warren of paths immediately east of Cougar Creek. A 2.5 km newly built trail up above the west end of the loops was closed, and an older trail low down near the creek paralleling the official trail for 250 m was closed, as was a short steep drop that bypassed a switchback on the official trail was closed. Tell your friends that more consolidation will take place in this space, and any new build will be closed about as fast as they are found.

5) The two new seasonal Park Rangers in the Bow Valley are out daily, and handing out dozens of tickets each day primarily for off leash dogs and people in the wildlife corridors off the designated paths. Be warned.

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