After a century of being granted right-of-way across the land, Albertans are now prohibited from using Sheep Trail as a means of travelling between the Sheep and Elbow valleys, thus cutting off access to Rickert’s Pass, Burns Lake and numerous scrambling peaks. Parks have put up signs warning travellers of the situation.

This is the book that got everybody scrambling way back in 1991 and  paved the way for more scramble guidebooks across Canada.  It’s 25 years on and the much anticipated third edition is finally here, weighing in at 440 pages! There are hundreds of new color photos to drool over  and an interesting use of color to delineate the 13 different areas between Waterton and Jasper.  Five of those areas describe Kananaskis Country peaks.

Bridge over Jumpingpound Creek

The new bridge over Jumpingpound Creek near Dawson trailhead.

Powderface Road and the trails it accesses

After a hiatus of three years, Powderface Trail the Road finally opened on May 16.  We and everyone else out inspecting the road can report that it’s in pretty good condition especially the northern half. Occasional soft spots elsewhere will need a bit more ditching and gravelling.

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K Country’s Forgotten Trail

The Lac des Arc Waterfowl Viewing Trail is promoted by a sign at a popular pull-out on westbound Trans-Canada Highway. However, the start to the trail has been overlaid by the new guard rail. So visitors new to the trail squeeze through a gap in the guardrail at the garbage bin and then what? With no trail in sight do they go left, [...]

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Carry Ridge

Spring Hikes in the Sheep River Area

Here are some of our favourite spring hikes in the Sheep River Area that can be done before the winter gate opens. They have all been the subject of previous blogs and are complete with pictures and trail maps. Enjoy!

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Foothill 732089 from Mount McNabb west summit.

Winter Walk up a rarely climbed foothill

Recently we went back to the lands south of Sandy McNabb, where we’ve been taking advantage of the frozen Sheep River. This time we had foothill 732089 in mind, a big sprawling mass that rises steeply above Coal Creek’s narrow valley and looks pretty good from Mount McNabb’s west summit. We knew the back side of it, the south [...]

Mount McNabb

En route to the lower summit.

Winter Walk Mount McNabb

We went back to the Sheep a few days ago. We decided that, conditions wise,  this was actually the best time to walk up Mount McNabb and make a loop with Price Camp trail because 1. The Sheep River is frozen. 2. Should be able to get onto the top of the first step via  snow-free, [...]

Wolf Creek

Chinook arch above the hill

Wolf Creek snowshoe/hike

Yesterday we headed down to the Sheep River area west of Turner Valley for a change of scenery. There is substantially less snow down there than around Bragg Creek and the Elbow. We parked in the Sandy McNabb skating rink parking area and walked down the trail to the Sheep River opposite Coal Creek. After crossing the well-frozen [...]

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Snowshoe to Forbes Creek Grotto

W e were back on the High Rockies Trail, this time doing a very short snowshoe between Sparrowhawk and Spencer creeks with a detour in the middle to look at Forbes Creek Grotto (see map). Would it harbour an icefall in winter? The answer is no, but it’s nevertheless an interesting place to visit. Snowshoes are a [...]

Pond

The scenic pond about 200 m north of the bridge. The snowshoe trail up to Goat Creek parking goes up to the north of the pond.

Goat Creek Area of the High Rockies Trail in Winter

Recently we’ve checked out the High Rockies Trail between Goat Creek and Three Sisters Dam. It’s more open than the trail farther south and is one of the few stretches of the High Rockies Trail suitable for skiing, though perhaps more suitable for winter walkers, fat-tire bikers and, after fresh snow, snowshoers.

A fter a quiet start to the season avalanche danger levels are creeping up, and more and more people are heading higher into avalanche country. Skiers, snowboarders, scramblers and ice climbers have been joined by snowshoers, and now fat-tire bikers are starting to spin their wheels into Challenging terrain. In order to help you be [...]

High Rockies Trail

High Rockies Trail Guide

It was a beautiful sunny day up at Spray Lakes yesterday and there was lots of activity. We walked the well-packed section of the High Rockies Trail between Driftwood day-use area and West Wind Pass trail to the accompaniment of yipping sled dogs running on the other side of the reservoir. To introduce you to the trail we have developed a Guide to the High Rockies Trail.

E very so often we get an email or a comment on the accuracy of our trail distances, and when we track down the cause of the discrepancy find that the problem relates to incorrect odometer (distance) displays on the users GPS receiver and/or poor track logs that have not been “cleaned up”. Let’s look [...]

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