We were about 150 m up the trail when Gillean saw a bear cub ahead soon followed by its mum shepherding her offsprings toward us. We were heading up Elbow Lake Trail about 8:15 Thursday morning on a backpacking trip to Tombstone Campground.

Sandy McNabb Hills

Sheep River Hiking Trails

Here are our picks for the best day hikes in the Sheep River Area. They vary in effort required from an easy walk up Sandy McNabb Hill to moderate ascents of Volcano Ridge and Mount Ware and a long hike to Junction Lookout.

For this long weekend (May 19-22), there will be parking (about 70-80 vehicles) in the yellow area in the image. The WBC trails received 36mm of rain and 10cm of snow on May 17, so trails will be wet and muddy for several days.  Check current trail conditions on the GBCTA website, before heading out.

Ride-over cattle guard

Ride-over cattle guard at West Bragg. Photo: AJ Stein

Ride Over Cattle Guards

The latest improvements to multi-user trails is the provision of cattle guards so mountain bikers don’t have to dismount and open swing gates, or lift their bikes over drift fences when they encounter a V-gate. It also reduces the chance of people not shutting gates behind them.

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The Great Trail Highpoint

Did you know that the highest point on The Great Trail (Trans-Canada Trail) is Cox Hill in Kananaskis Country? At about 2217 m (7274′), Cox Hill is a superlative viewpoint. Nearby is the imposing bulk of Moose Mountain and it’s impressive north ridge. To the west you are treated to an extensive panorama of the main [...]

Buller to Chester Snowshoe

Peaks at the head of the Spray Lakes seen from one of the burns on the Buller to Chester section of the High Rockies Trail.

Why not Snowshoe the High Rockies Trail?

It may be Spring in the foothills, but there’s still skads of snow in the Smith-Dorrien. Right now is a really good time for snowshoeing, the base has firmed up and the snow isn’t yet isothermal (wet from top to bottom), though it’s getting there.

View from Junction Hill

View from Junction Hill across Highwood Junction to the areas to be logged.

Logging in the Upper Highwood

Local outdoor enthusiasts have recently found out that there will be extensive logging around Highwood Junction next winter. While few Kananaskis trails will be affected, the proposed blocks along the Highwood River slated for clear-cut will be clearly visible from Highway 40 and from Junction Hill to the north.

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