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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 [...]

inukshuk

Before and after photos by Joanne Godfrey, Sheep River Ramblers.

Missinglink missing Inukshuk

Missinglink mountain is a fabulous summit with extensive views of the Front Ranges all the way from the Highwood to the Elbow! Taking advantage of the fall weather we hiked up there on October 23rd to be greeted by an impressive, well-constructed inukshuk. A few days later we received an email from Joanne Godfrey of [...]

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Boulton Creek Re-envisaged

So we started out on Boulton Creek interpretive trail and followed it down to the new bridge over Boulton Creek.  From here we turned left and looked at the re-worked section of the ski trail to the junction with Fox Creek and Moraine. All was good. Plodded up Moraine and down to the bridge again, then turned [...]

Trail Volunteers Honoured

Friends of Kananaskis Country held a volunteer appreciation event last night — pizza, beer and lots of door prizes — to recognize the many volunteers who have helped construct, maintain and re-route trails in Kananaskis Country. Michael Roycroft, a senior manager with Alberta Environment and Parks said the involvement of so many trail enthusiasts has [...]

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Bridge #3 has steps on the approach side with double-wide treads.

Ribbon Creek Update

The trail up Ribbon Creek from the parking lot to Link junction is now officially open, though a little rough in places still.  The main thing is: All 6 bridges are in place. It’s touted for hikers and snowshoers, and, interestingly, the steps up to bridge #3 have double the tread, presumably to accommodate snowshoes. Distance 2.5 km. The [...]

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Stick-it (Now Sugar Daddy)

There’s a beaut of a new trail in the West Bragg/Elbow trail system. No, not Snakes and Ladders — it’s not yet open. It’s an unofficial trail (Now official and re-named Sugar Daddy) made by those who cannot be named that runs from Snagmore to Strange Brew on the lower east summit of Ranger Hill. I really like it as a [...]

Ribbon Cutting

MLA Cam Westhead officially opens the West Bragg Creek all-season trail system.

West Bragg Creek All-Season trails are officially open

Y esterday, the West Bragg Creek all-season trail system was officially opened by Bragg Creek resident and local MLA Cam Westhead. The culmination of more than ten years of planning by a group of dedicated volunteers, the event was attended by MP John Barlow, AEP Deputy Minister Bill Werry, Trans Canada Trail CEO Deborah Apps, [...]

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New Lawrence Grassi Biography

Rising above Canmore is Mount Lawrence Grassi. Nearby are two exquisite tarns known as Grassi Lakes. In town, his name graces a subdivision, a road, and even a school. So who was this Canmore icon? To find out I urge you to read Lawrence Grassi From Piedmont to the Rocky Mountains by Elio Costa and Gabriele Scardellato.

Hoodoos

Looking up at the hoodoos from North Buller Creek.

The Buller Creek Devonian Reef

A description of a hike up Buller Creek to the forks (#77 in Volume 1), then up the north fork to look at hoodoos. Mentions crossing the High Rockies Trail and gives updates on the scenery after the recent burn.

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