Memorial Lakes Trail. The dicey traverse of the shale bank, lately equipped with a rope that showed just how bad it had got, has been replaced by a brand new trail that crosses the creek, runs along the mossy west bank, then returns to the east bank beyond all difficulty via a second new bridge over a small cascade. (Jeff E always looks for the best crossing places.) There are future plans to tackle the trail up the headwall, but you’re gonna have to wait awhile. In the meantime this new bypass will put travelling to the canyon waterfalls in winter on the cards, as they say. It’s 7 km one way from Ribbon Creek parking lot. But you’ve got to do it before December 3 when the valley closes until next June 15.
Picklejar Lakes. Jeff’s counterpart James C in Peter Lougheed P Park, has greatly improved the route up Lantern Creek. Everyone I met on the trail is especially happy that the steep flog to the col is a thing of the past. Now we can enjoy some easy zigs through the trees to the left.
Tom Snow Trail has been completed along the east bank of Moose Creek to the watershed boundary with Bragg Creek. With adequate snow, its undulating, winding nature should give excellent skiing and snowshoeing. See the next entry.
Accessing the Tom Snow Trail from Spruce Woods day-use area. After the 2013 flood demolished the footbridge over Jumpingpound Creek, connecting to the Tom Snow became problematical. The two options were walking the Husky well road or waiting for low water when one could cross logs at the narrows. Well, finally there is action. Just before snowfall, Jeff E and his crew built the Tom Snow Connector that heads north from the parking area down a ridge with 17 steps to Jumpingpound Creek at a small waterfall and swim hole. From here it veers south to join the Tom Snow and Husky well road at the Coxhill Creek road bridge. Right now the only thing missing is the bridge over JP Creek, a fiberglass model that will go in next year.
Moose Creek Interpretive Trail. While you can walk sections by climbing over and manoeuvering around deadfall, you can’t do the loop because of the washout above Moose Creek. The only possibility of getting round this impasse is to run a new trail from the far side of the Tom Snow bridge over Moose Creek to the interpretive trail beyond the washout which means putting in another bridge. Unlikely to happen anytime soon.
Mustang Hills. It seems odd that after paving the road to Cobble Flats and promoting the area as a picnic site, the whole area is due to be logged by SLS in either 2019/20 or 2020/21. This of course affects trails on the Mustang Hills. SLS is aware of the trails we use, but because they are unofficial, they are not required to protect them.
Despite protests from all quarters, logging around Highwood Junction is slated to start today, Saturday the 18th. Adjustments have been made to reduce the visual impact from the highway.