- Powderface Trail: You’ll be happy to know that Powderface Trail (the road) will remain closed until at least 2015. Alberta Transportation has hired “an engineering consultant to carry out a detail design and arrange for the regulatory approvals to repair and replace” the bridges. However, due to sensitive fishery issues raised by a federal department and the small window allowed for the work to take place, it could be a long time before we get back on this road.
- Gorge Creek Road: The one big washout on Gorge Creek Road is being looked at this spring, There is hope the road will be reopened sometime this summer.
- Hwy. 532: More work needs to be done on Hwy. 532 west of Indian Graves. Should be open by mid summer. Starting next winter, this road, formerly open all year, will be slapped with a seasonal closure between Dec 1 and April 30 west of Indian Graves Campground.
- Hwy. 940 between Cataract Creek Campground and Hwy. 532 needs more work. Should reopen in mid to late summer.
- Hwy. 40: A new bridge over Lineham Creek on Hwy. 40 will be installed later this summer.
- Hogs Back trail: Everybody’s favourite trail in the Sheep will be logged either this year or next. I refer to the very scenic and historic Hogs Back trail above Threepoint Creek. The logged area will extend from that first grassy hilltop all the way west to the viewpoints where you look into the gorge. The trail will be protected, although plans call for part of it to be access road. SLS and ESRD will be going in there to re-GPS the trail this summer and will hopefully take the access road elsewhere. Bad news is that there will be no buffers of any kind and the cutblock will extend right across the trail. Funnily enough, Threepoint Creek trail farther north, which is not a scenic trail where it crosses the watershed, will have buffers on both sides.
It seems to me that special trails deserve special consideration from SLS and the ESRD. Your thoughts. on this?