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 [...]
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, [...]
An advisory committee made up of Friends of Kananaskis Country, Alberta Parks and stakeholders from the snowshoeing and cross country skiing communities has recently submitted a Terms of Reference to the Kananaskis Trail Committee for the proposed Chester–Sawmill Winter Trail Plan.
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
There’s a beaut of a trail in the West Bragg/Elbow trail system. Now official, it runs from Snagmore to Strange Brew on the lower east summit of Ranger Hill. I really like it as a hiking trail because it exhibits none of the rather annoying characteristics of a bike trail.
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, [...]