Hike Moose Mountain Access Road

Hike up a road, you say?  Well, normally I avoid hiking on roads, but at this time of year, trails are often icy.  And, as long as the frost is in the ground, trails are just as hard underfoot as a road.

I had not hiked up the access road before and it’s been years since I’d even driven the road.  So, I was pleasantly surprised at how enjoyable it was.  At this time of year, the road is in the sunshine almost the whole way.  And  the views along the way were pretty impressive.

It’s just over 7 km to the summer trailhead for Moose Mountain with a gain of about 450 meters.  If you want a nice spot for lunch, climb up through the trees on to a ridge to the right of the beginning of the summer trail.  It doesn’t take long and once on top, you’ll have a great view of Moose Mountain as well as lots of other peaks.

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  • Peter Irwin May 19, 2010, 11:28 pm

    Chance, all you have to do is follow Hwy 66 west until you see the sign for Paddy’s Flat campground (this road is a left turn). Shortly after you see this sign the next road on the right that heads uphill is the Moose mountain road. You’ve gone to far up Hwy 66 if you drop into a deep valley where the turnoff to Canyon creek and Ing’s mine is. The Moose mtn road has a metal gate (which is open) at its entrance and heads straight uphill from there! Best of luck!

  • chance May 15, 2010, 8:09 am

    I have tried to find moose mountain, going to 66, near powderface trail, and cant seem to find the Moose Mtn Access Road, can someone map it on google, I would love to take my children

    great site!
    chance.brown@me.com

    thanks

  • Peter Irwin May 6, 2010, 9:39 pm

    I remember heading out to hike up Moose mountain one day late december (many years ago) and arriving to find the gate on the bottom of the access road locked. We thought that instead of finding something else to do we would head up the road and see how far we could get. My wife (girlfriend at the time) was not impressed and waited for me at treeline while I continued to the summit. To say the least it was a very long walk up the road to the summit and back (nearly 30km) but I enjoyed the hike up and walking back in the moonlight was nice also. Needless to say we were both dog tired after the experience.

  • Gill Mar 12, 2010, 11:47 pm

    Other places OK for hiking right now with minimum ice are the Sheep trails around Sandy McNabb, Bow Valley Provincial Park and the east end of Yamnuska, and Jumpingpound Loop and Eagle Hill in the Jumpingpound.
    Our own favourite place for this time of year when we want to mix it up a bit is the south-facing slopes and ridges on the north side of Hwy 68 between Powderface Trail the road and Sibbald Meadows Pond day use area. They remain snow free for much of the year and offer short steepish conditioning hikes to the ridge tops. I think we’ve done every permutation possible, but still enjoy going there. No trails of course, just grass and pines and crags to weave around or scramble up. On our last trip a week ago there was a strong scent of juniper in the air and the pines were greening up.

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