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December 29, 2015
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We are looking for an easy to moderate half day hike that is in fairly good winter hiking condition for this weekend. We are in Calgary and would rather not drive more than two hours to get there. Any suggestions for something fun and pretty?

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January 14, 2016
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Try Fullerton Loop or Snagmore from Allen Bill parking lot on Hwy. 66. See the Bragg Creek map.
Farther afield, Curly Sand ridge and Mesa Butte on Hwy. 549 offer great winter walking with minimal snow. A couple of weeks ago the hillsides facing west were all bare grass. See volume 4 of the KCTG pages 197-202. Some friends went to Carry Ridge off Hwy. 546 and reported it, too, was good for walking.

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January 17, 2016
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There are several trails in the Sandy McNabb area for winter walking. In volume 4 of the KCTG, combining Death Valley Trail (#14), with Windy Point Trail (#15) would make a good half day loop depending on your pace. There is also Prairie Ridge loop (#12). There are others but these trails are easy winter walking. Windy Point does have a few more hills so hiking boots are a must. I was out on all three trails around the end of December and I didn't need to take my snowshoes off of my pack. Judging by the foot traffic, most people don't do the loop, instead choosing to travel up Death Valley to Long Prairie Ridge (#11) and do a 5.4km loop that way. I haven't been out there since to check on snow conditions. I see that a lot of the trail junction signs were updated, which is good to see. I kept having to fix the old ones as they were falling off the post as I walked by them.

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