Lake Rae

A Better Trail to Lake Rae

Thanks to a local outfitter we now have a much better trail to Lake Rea from the Elbow–Sheep cut-off in the headwaters of the Sheep River in Kananaskis Country. While the trail is 500 m longer than the discontinued one, it misses out open hillsides torn up by grizzlies and has a good tread throughout.

Avalanche Impact Pool

Tombstone Lake avalanche impact pool from the avalanche path. Upper Tombstone Lake in the background.

Tombstone Avalanche Impact Pool

Among the rarer land forms in the Canadian Rockies are snow-avalanche impact pools. They are small ponds located at the foot of steep avalanche slopes scoured out by snow avalanches with a mound of debris behind them. We visited the impact pool at Upper Tombstone Lake.

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 2211 m (7254′), 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 range [...]

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.

Construction has started today on the much needed enlargement of the West Bragg parking area. The area will be closed until April 1st, then parking will be limited during the main construction period construction to 80-90 parking spots. The majority of the work will be completed by June 30th, with a small amount of work [...]

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The first bridge.

Snowshoe Ribbon Creek

An easy snowshoe where you can pick your own turnaround point. While you can go as far as  the avalanche slopes beyond Dipper Canyon, most snowshoers stop like we did at the bike racks at the 4.6 km mark and sit on a spindly log to nibble goodies. The good trail usually stops here.

Lusk Creek Loop

Mount Baldy from just past the end of the interpretive trail.

Winter walk or snowshoe the Lusk Creek Valley Loop

A walk or snowshoe loop through the cutblocks east of the Barrier Lake Field Station. The Lusk Creek Valley Loop starts up the Kananaskis Integrated Forest interpretive trail, joins North Baldy Pass trail, heads over to Lusk Creek and returns via the old Lusk Creek trail.

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