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  • B Jun 29, 2015, 10:30 am

    WINDY POINT RIDGE in the Sheep
    We went up the anticline ridge. Since the flood (or maybe summer 2014 runoff) there is a rockslide partway up the ridge that necessitates going into the woods for a bit.

  • B Jun 28, 2015, 9:17 pm

    COMMONWEALTH LAKE
    Absolutely no damage to Commonwealth Creek bed at all at the crossing. Where the spur road turns off to the right it is a bit ovegrown and really hard to spot. Cairn at last note.
    Only flood damge at all was a bit of washout in the gully in the far cutblock just before the steep trail to the lake.

  • B. Nov 17, 2014, 6:33 pm

    QUAITE CREEK UNDER SNOW
    as per Ski trails
    We went here today (dumb I know, but we didn’t have time to drive farther) to ski as per Ski Trails. There is hardly any snow and especially on the Heart Creek trail and also to a lesser extent on the Quaite connector and trail it is quite hard packed. With the nasty flood damage in the creek it isn’t currently skiable on account of those stones! One of the party who isn’t usually with us and has bad knees and no touring boots was having trouble near the big bend so we went back without inspecting the trail away from the creek.

  • B. Nov 4, 2014, 9:43 pm

    Forgot to mention on the first bit of the trail where it initially crosses Elbow River gulch this spot is now not feasible to cross at, you must Bushwack up to a spot where paddling is feasible: or rather possible. Hence I advocate the shortcut??

  • B. Nov 4, 2014, 9:39 pm

    PIPER CREEK TO PASS
    I was here Sept 1 and since no one has written an update on it this is it:
    We took the route from the meadows where you paddle Elbow River than over tha pass through the hummocks. NOT the shortcut described in that xxx Where Locals Hike book. Where you drop off the pass into the big longitudinal meadow/fen and turn left up to its north end, flagging leads up through the woods past a campfire to steep bank. Oh no! Follow the bank to where there are some stones to cross the creek. BERM a la flood on the other side. Follow the birm to ia weekness in the cliff and clamber up moss and willows to the trail.
    Trail in fine condition all the way up but where you cross the creek both times it is washed out somewhat. No problem following the trail though
    If you are wondering why the spellingi is so bad onall my posts its the iPad original model keyboard.

  • B. Oct 31, 2014, 7:02 pm

    MT WARE/LITTLE WARE
    Absolutely fine to Little Ware. The pond was dry at this time of year. The trail is ridiculously faint past the pond now. Be sure to take the far right one at the pond as it now has three bit trails. (We (Andy Newson, Kitty Jones one other and me) had never been here before so ai can’t compare. (Kitty and Andy are close family relations.) The creek down the draw was too, it has a bed running from the meadow right down to Mudville past the drift fence.
    About the spot where you have to paddle the creek the first time; its a little washed out but was not a problem at all and the trail is totally fine.
    And the waterfall on the NW fork: trail gone, slabs a little washed out at the bottom which has some debris, too, but they were very pretty anyhow!

  • Derek Ryder Oct 30, 2014, 9:00 pm

    Interesting re: Powderface because as I posted in the Forums, I was down Powderface Trail on Oct 28. While possible, having crossed all those bridges, I can’t imagine them being removed, mostly for technical reasons. Still, the backhoe was going somewhere to do something, though what was not clear. We shall see.

  • Gillean Daffern Oct 29, 2014, 10:45 pm

    TOM SNOW TRAIl between Dawson trailhead and the well road.
    There is now an official two-plank bridge in place over Jumpingpound Creek at the site of the make-do bridge. Rest of trail is in good condition apart from deadfall and encroaching alder at the west end. A chainsaw is needed.

  • Gillean Daffern Oct 29, 2014, 10:37 pm

    POWDERFACE TRAIL THE ROAD
    We were told by someone working on the road at the north end that all the temporary bridges have been removed.

  • Matthew Clay Oct 26, 2014, 7:58 am

    The road up Plateau Mountain has been repaired all the way to the top and is in good condition, but unfortunately the gate at the bottom was closed so we had to hike the entire way. There is a herd of about 30 unusually aggressive sheep (only ewes) on the summit that did not appreciate our presence and literally chased us away. As we were at least 150 m away (and not getting closer) when their approach started I found this quite unusual, but with several course adjustments on our part and snorts from them as they followed it was clear we weren’t welcome!

  • Kirsten Phillips Oct 25, 2014, 3:11 pm

    Was the McGillivray arch wiped out in the floods?

  • Gillean Daffern Oct 23, 2014, 10:23 am

    LITTLE ELBOW TRAIL
    The contractor is presently working on the trail around and just west of the blue bridge site. They will carry on until the snow flies and finish at Tombstone campground sometime next summer. No word yet on when the blue bridge will be replaced. In the meantime the river crossing has been made shallower so they can get their vehicles across.

  • Joanna Ford Oct 22, 2014, 12:21 pm

    I’m a little confused by the Heart Mountain comments. We ran/scrambled the loop in July (counterclockwise) and it was fine.

  • B. Oct 12, 2014, 4:54 pm

    Missinglink from GC road: fine. The game trail at the summit seams to be slightly grown over: we went right on a game trail to the col. Some earth has collapsed here but it is insignificant. In a ragng hailstorm we went down the wee creek: it has not been washed out in the teeniest but.

  • B. Oct 12, 2014, 4:12 pm

    CARRY RIDGE
    There are flags to the start of the ridge now. Also note a split in the trail descending from the highway past the fence: GO LEFT. We ended up tresspassing on Anchor D land to get around beacoup de mud and fen.

  • B. Oct 12, 2014, 3:58 pm

    High Noon Hills: where the trail crosses LP creek to Sandy Mc. And the 10 oclock Hills as I like to call them, there are numerous trails and pseudo flood trails in the draw. The creek also washed out the trail in the flat for a bit, though neither of these problems is a problem. But the trail on the S side has turned inti a brook for about 10 meters!

  • B. Oct 12, 2014, 3:54 pm

    This September?
    Which way do you take past the gully?
    I actually found the route to be better too as soon as you are past the northwest ridge. Someone’s done some work on the trail up there. But as my acount describes the northwest ridge was not to great.

  • Alf Skrastins Oct 11, 2014, 11:03 pm

    HEART MOUNTAIN
    I was up Heart Mountain in September and found that the route up was mostly better than in the past… but then I never go up that stew, slimy little gully. Of course, it is easy to get off-route, since there are now so many variations of the route, with some being very good and some being very bad. Perhaps it is time to mark the best route, as was done on Yamnuska this summer.

  • B. Oct 10, 2014, 7:47 pm

    Today we went over Heart Mountain. Bright warm sunny day. We started up the ridge. It appeared the flood had damaged the trail over the ridge. It got worse as we got up,(we should have turned around where the ridge rears up because the damage gets worse here) getting very nasty with rock slides and all just past the spot where the trail goes along the escarpment in the trees. The first step was fine. We walked up the ridge to the base of the crux. Just below it we were dismayed to find a massive rockslide covering the trail. “Oh well”, we said, and plodded up the slide. As we reached the crux we found that the soil had been swept out of it, and it was far deeper than before and was filled with rubble. The sign marking the way out of the crux was gone, and getting out that way would have been thoroughly impossible, so we went straight up the chink. It is (especially now) very exposed, loose and smoothly flood washed. At the overhang, swept by rocks and battered by flood waters, the going got very difficult. (In that moment I thought of a trillion places I would rather be!) We made it out though, somewhat shaken by the strange nature of the new CRUX! It appears that floodwaters concentrated in the heart at the summit and came crashing down washing out the crux chink, took everything in the chink with them, and then kept sweeping out the trail.
    Beyond Heart Mountain, the trail was fine and very pleasant past Grant Macewan (recently repaired past summit #2, seems like most people are done with Heart Mtn) except a minor rockslide descending from the last top.
    Has anyone else noticed this strange damage to the ridge?

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  • B. Oct 8, 2014, 9:02 am

    About the Big Elbow trail: just before Big Elbow BC there is a huge washout. The river now runs below the escarpment. A flagged route leads up through the woods from the river at a draw: forget it. It is not cut yet and is mostly deadfall. We decided to follow the base of the cliff on the way back: this works a lot better but you do have to go up into the woods at one point.

  • Alf Skrastins Oct 1, 2014, 10:17 pm

    ELBOW PASS, RAE LAKE
    I was into the Rae Lake area today, via Elbow Lake/Pass in search of larches. I found 2-5cm of fresh snow on the ground, along with lots of larch needles that have blown off of the trees. It seems larch season is drawing to an end and there are plenty of signs that snow season is approaching!
    ELBOW LAKE CAMPSITE: A work crew was at the Elbow Lake campsite, doing some trail work and replacing the fancy, but non-functioning composting toilet with a simple fly-out barrel system.
    ELBOW VALLEY TRAIL: The crew had also done some work on the Elbow Valley trail, going east from Elbow Pass. Some of the flood damaged sections have been repaired and re-graded and some of the drainage problem areas have been fixed. However, the big bouldery sections still remain as unpleasant as ever. The bridge across the outlet of Elbow Lake is still gone. Can’t anyone make a simple split log bridge?
    RAE LAKE: There is an easier, but slightly longer route to Rae Lake from the Elbow-Sheep Cut-off Trail. Continue on about 500m past the “35-C” junction to the high point of the cut-off trail. A cairn marks the start of a trail that initially heads southeast across gentle ground, then gains a series of rolling slopes that head south towards Rae Lake. The trail ends right at the northeast corner of the lake. There are a few bits with tree branches that are too tight to the trail (bring pruners), but for the most part, the route is open and relatively flat underfoot.
    https://picasaweb.google.com/112757355578245802406/RaeLakeOct12014?authkey=Gv1sRgCLWiotTc9JjnMQ

  • Gillean Daffern Sep 30, 2014, 9:09 am

    MIST CREEK TRAIL
    The trail from Mist Creek day use area to Hwy. 40 has been rebuilt. Very soft at present. Ongoing trail is still closed.

  • Alf Skrastins Sep 30, 2014, 8:29 am

    SHEEP VALLEY WEST
    Yes, the first bridge is still out. Every other creek and river crossing beyond that point is deeper than before, with steep banks. The road is reasonably bikeable to the old Burns Mine, but a total mess after that.
    Please note that a bear closure is in effect on Mist Ridge and the west flank of Gibralter Mountain and it is likely to remain in effect until the bears hibernate….so no access, even from the Sheep Valley side.

  • Cory Jaska Sep 29, 2014, 12:30 pm

    Does anyone know the status of the Sheep Trail west of Bluerock? I heard that the first bridge was taken out in the 2013 flood, but I was curious as to what condition the rest of the trail is in. I was interested in biking it to approach either Rickert’s Pass (for Mist Ridge) or Gibralter Pass (for Gibralter Mountain) in the next few weeks. Is the trail even bike-able since last year?

  • Gillean Daffern Sep 18, 2014, 9:53 am

    FITZSIMMONS CREEK, STRAWBERRY HILLS
    Fitzsimmons trail is good. The usual crossing place of the Highwood River is thigh deep (in September!). Cross upstream where the river splits into three channels, then cut across the meadow to join the trail.

  • Alf Skrastins Sep 10, 2014, 11:15 pm

    WEST BRAGG CREEK SKI REPORT
    There is no better way to check out a new ski trail, than to ski it… so that’s what I did today. The Greater Bragg Creek Trails Association has spent the entire summer season working to improve the XC ski trail system in time for this winter. Much of the work has been completed and the snowfall of the past few days provided a great opportunity to test out how well these changes and additions actually work for skiers.
    I arrived at the West Bragg Creek parking lot by pushing snow with the bumper of my van. 42cm in the parking lot! That would be a great snowfall in December. It’s completely amazing in September!
    I started up the Moose Connector/Lower West Crystal Line trail. In about 1 km, there is a new junction. This is an easy connector that allows novices to avoid a steep uphill/downhill combination onto Middle Crystal Line. The short connection is lovely and smoothly transitions onto Middle Crystal Line. Another easy connection back to Lower Crystal Line is being cleared, but is not yet ready.
    I followed Middle Crystal Line to Upper West Crystal Line and followed that all the way down the hill to a new re-route. The west end of West Crystal Line had a chronic icy/wet area in a black spruce bog. This has been replaced by a lovely gentle descent that crosses a (soon to be built) bridge right at the Moose Connector Junction. This is where the new trail work currently stops, so I returned back up West Crystal line to Loggers Loop.
    There is a new NW junction for Loggers Loop, which eliminates an awkward off-camber turn on a steep hill. The trail now merges nicely into the high point of West Crystal Line.
    Loggers Loop is one of my favourite WBC trails because it holds snow so well and has several fun rolling hills. The snow depth was 46cm at the upper end of Loggers Loop.
    From Loggers Loop, returned via the west half of Sundog Loop. There is one nasty spot on this trail that will (hopefully) be fixed before the ski season.
    This tour only represents about 1/3 of the improvements that are being made to the WBC XC trails, and it looks like skiers will really enjoy the new and improved ski trail system.
    https://picasaweb.google.com/112757355578245802406/WBCXCSkiSept102014?authkey=Gv1sRgCOuO2vyBzd7BhQE#

  • Gary Sep 8, 2014, 7:01 pm

    Went up Gorge Creek trail to the third Mt Ware trail after the two creek crossings which can be avoided using a game trail on the north bank and found it to be in fine shape other the usual mud in the first km.

  • Gillean Daffern Sep 8, 2014, 5:29 pm

    OLDMAN RIVER ROAD to GDT, Galena Miracle Mine
    After repairs, the road is now open to Oldman Falls at the 19.1 km mark. A barricade across the road at this point says road closed, but people were driving another km to a bridge out. ATVs, bikes can get around the impasse easily. From here we walked to Slacker Creek where the bridge has a gap at the far end. Planks bridge the gap. From here it’s only 4,4 km to where the Lost Creek logging road heads north. and where you park anyway if headed for the GDT. So biking is a possibility. En route it looks like the bridge is out at Pasque Creek.
    We met two people come out from the GDT and they reported seeing a sow grizzly and 2 cubs in the upper Oldman.
    Oldman River North campground is open. Honeymoon Creek equestrian group campground is closed because some of the access road has been washed away.
    Livingstone Falls Campground on Hwy. 940 is open. The beautiful falls have almost disappeared after the Livingstone re-routed itself to the west. At the bottom of the “falls” is a real mess of downed trees.
    There is an awful lot of water in the rivers at the moment after days of snow and rain, and after the present go around the water levels will be even higher.

  • Marcin Sep 5, 2014, 7:57 pm

    VOLCANO RIDGE
    Gorge Creek Trail road is open. But driving around herds of cattle can be a challenge, especially when they congregate near cattle guards.
    The first few hundred metres of the trail are muddy. Otherwise it’s all good: Volcano South/Link/Summit and return via South Volcano Rigde.

  • Tony Daffern Sep 3, 2014, 10:08 am

    The Mount Indefatigable Trail was closed without any consultation with the Kananaskis Trail Users Group or anyone else from the outdoor community. As an official trail it needed some work to bring it up to standard, funds were in short supply, and I think it fell prey to the “If you can’t manage it, close it.” syndrome. The bear that used to roam the gully to the left and around Warspite Lake never bothered anyone.

  • David Mulligan Sep 2, 2014, 6:57 pm

    Mts Indefatigable:
    “The Indefatigable Trail was decommissioned in 2005 because it passes through prime bear habitat. We request that you consider not hiking into this area to allow bears use of this space and prevent any human/wildlife encounters”. This is the current notice at the bottom of the once popular Indefatigable trail. We walked it yesterday and completed the scramble circuit of North and South Indefatigable mountains without seeing any bear evidence.
    The entire Rockies from Y 2 Y is prime bear habitat. What makes this trail especially prime or is the real reason for discouraging use of this trail hidden? It is not closed, nor are there any minimum group numbers (eg 5) required, as in Larch Valley. Apart from a few fallen tress, it is in good condition and was enjoyed by about 20 persons yesterday (Labour Day).

  • Cole Warawa Sep 2, 2014, 8:28 am

    Baril Creek to Fording River Pass

    See Gillean’s report for the “Baril Creek to Great Divide Trail” section, as this is still accurate and no bridges have been installed yet. Creek crossings are shallow (below the knees) but cold!

    After the junction with the GDT trail, the trail is straightforward and without difficulty all the way to Fording River Pass. If you ignore side-trails that veer off the main path, you’ll be fine. The unnamed lake just east of Fording River Pass is still full, as is Fording Lake just west of the pass. The scramble routes for Mount Armstrong and Mount Bolton are in good shape.

  • Gary Aug 31, 2014, 9:42 pm

    Tried the Junction Creek trail from Bluerock to Junction Lake, but from the creek junction at 4 km mark the creek west has blown out the trail in many places forcing travel down into a very bouldery creek bed. We did about 1.5 km in an hour & a half & when forced into the creek for the fifth time, we gave up. Too time consuming now for a day trip.
    Trail south of the junction towards the falls has lots of horse traffic.

  • Bruno Aug 31, 2014, 8:07 am

    The trail, or at least the beginning section, to Allsmoke Mountain from Ware Creek trailhead is pretty much nonexistent. Hikers unfamiliar with that area may decide to turn around after tramping around in the bush for a while.

  • Gillean Daffern Aug 29, 2014, 10:43 am

    CARNARVON CREEK/LAKE
    McPhail Creek has taken over some of the logging road at the creek crossing and left behind the usual downed trees. So on the far bank follow the obvious blazed trail cut by outfitters that circles around to the right to meet the original road on the eroded bank top. All is then good according to reports. Right now you can keep your feet dry crossing the creek.

  • Gillean Daffern Aug 29, 2014, 10:30 am

    LOST CREEK TO GREAT DIVIDE TRAIL
    In the long meadow section Lost Creek has changed its course, leaving one bridge stranded over a dry channel and the other on an island between two channels.The trail (logging road) between the two bridges is in large part the new course of the river. Instead walk the sometimes boggy bank of the meadow on a game/cow trail to pick up the logging road where it returns to the west bank.All is then OK to where you meet the GDT.(By the way,there are no blue paint marks on trees on this access.)

    GDT AT LOST CREEK FORKS, going south
    This is a mess.Shortly after you meet the GDT come down from Cataract Plateau, the logging road becomes a channel of the creek.Walk on the right bank to the former river crossing.Both side by side bridges have washed away.Wade the channel and then the original Lost Creek way to left of the downed trees on the opposite bank.In the forest it’s easy to circumvent the debris on a bit of a trail. Reach a patch of grassy logging road.This is where a logging road joins in from the left—NOT the GDT. You want the logging road ahead seen rising up a hill and heading south.Unfortunately, cutting off access is the south fork that down-cut during the flood leaving behind high eroded banks and more downed trees.So as soon as you reach the grassy patch head down to the creek —the only place you can get down—and walk left on the pebble bar. You have to walk farther than you think and climb over some debris before you can cross the south fork and regain your logging road at some yellow flagging.Turn left and look for orange paint markers.

  • Gillean Daffern Aug 22, 2014, 10:27 pm

    Anyone been up Gorge Creek in the Sheep?

  • Gillean Daffern Aug 20, 2014, 12:36 pm

    ARETHUSA CIRQUE
    The main trail beyond the creek crossing has been affected. An area of steep grassy hillside has slid down to the valley bottom, taking the trail with it. Climb up the right side of it to pick up the continuation of the trail above.

  • Alf Skrastins Aug 12, 2014, 9:44 pm

    BLACKROCK MOUNTAIN -FIRE LOOKOUT
    We had amazing luck in picking today as the day to hike Blackrock Mountain, in the Ghost Valley. Trans-Alta is doing some work in the valley bottom, so they had a big bulldozer re-building the truck road along the valley between the bottom of the “big hill” and the Blackrock parking area across from the hiking trail/campsite. The “big hill” has also been re-graded and smoothed out. It’s better, but still pretty damned steep! Anyhow, it made access much easier than it has been since the 2013 flood
    The trail itself is in pretty good shape, with just a few deadfall trees along the way.

  • Gillean Daffern Aug 12, 2014, 11:29 am

    ODLUM CREEK Cutline route
    Cutline access road is good to Highwood River crossing. Road beyond has encroaching alder branches, as does the cutline on the uphill, but the tread is good. (Th alder needs cutting back ASAP!) After this the route is good all the way to the sawmill site, except at eroded side creek crossings.The first one (where you go off up Odlum Ridge) is easily turned on the right.The second crossing is deeply eroded with tree debris. Go a long way right to get around the worst of it. The third and fourth side creeks are now wide swaths of rocks.The sawmill site (ingrowing with lots of healthy-looking spruce) has pockets of mud, sand and stones from when the north fork creek overflowed its banks in 2013.Consequently, finding the north fork trail leaving the site is more difficult. The bridge over Odlum Creek is skeletal but hanging in. Can be crossed on foot.
    Route to Odlum Pond is fine. A new mud flow has come down to the lakeshore. Trail up the headwall to the right of the waterfalls is good. At the top is a blowdown area with avalanche debris that looks recent. We flagged a route across it to the south side of the creek which is unaffected. From here scramblers can access the ridge between mts. Loomis and Odlum as per Andrew’s book.

  • Alf Skrastins Aug 8, 2014, 10:36 pm

    RUNNING RAIN LAKE
    The start of the Running Rain Lake route has been affected at several points by the 2013 flood, but it is a combination of good news/bad news. On balance, the trail has improved as a result of the flood.
    The parking area (4.3 km south of the Mt. Lipsett Day Use Area), at the south end of the guard rail, remains unchanged. The narrow first channel of Storm Creek has become a wide cobble watercourse, which now carries about 90% of the flow of Storm Creek. The convenient 2-log bridge washed away with last years flood. A skinny single-log bridge allows you to cross the stream, without taking your boots off. If you don’t like the looks of that, it is about a calf to knee deep wade across the creek.
    There is a lot of new silt over the path to the second half of Storm Creek, but the basic route is unchanged from the past. The path is sure to get worn in soon. A pleasant surprise awaits at the second half of Storm Creek. This channel now only carries about 10% of Storm Creeks total volume, so the crossing is a simple matter of stepping across two stones.
    The trail to the mouth of Running Rain Creek has seen some damage, but good re-routes have already formed. Watch for flagging. The flagged route also neatly avoids that horrible, steep grovel up to the north bank of Running Rain Creek. Instead, a couple of easy switchbacks take you through a mossy bit of forest onto the gentle, upper part of the trail.
    The rest of the route to the creek crossing at 1.8km is unchanged. A blue-flagged route now takes you across a neat 2-log bridge across Running Rain Creek.
    About 600m past the bridge, you’ll come to a large mud/debris flow that buried a muddy part of the original trail. Follow the flagging up-slope and across the debris flow to re-join the original trail. A good, dry tread is already starting to get worn in. It’s a nice dry route!
    The rest of the hike to the lake is the same as before.
    The log-dam at the end of the lake has been washed away, so the lake level has dropped perhaps 30cm. The isthmus between the two halves of the lake is now a land-bridge, which is easy to walk across.
    https://picasaweb.google.com/112757355578245802406/RunningRainLkAug82014?authkey=Gv1sRgCPWl46Ci0a6OIg

  • Derek Ryder Aug 6, 2014, 4:19 pm

    PLPP UPPER KANANASKIS LAKES AREA:

    The Friends spent 2 days helping Parks crews develop a new bypass trail on the Upper Lakes Circuit at Hidden lake that bypasses the section that floods every year.

    The Lower Kananaskis Bridge has been re-leveled and had its supports (that were damaged by floods) restored by Parks crews.

    The Sarrail Creek bridge has been removed awaiting installation of a new bridge. Folks have put down a couple of logs to get across the creek to access Rawson Lake, though “officially” you’re supposed to ford.

    The entire Upper Lake Circuit is now open, though the Rawson Creek Bridge is missing, and is a little harder to cross than Sarrail without getting your feet wet. I spoke with some folks that walked out from the Point campground on Aug 4 via the south side of the lake, and who reported the trail is fine. However, there are several short sections where floods washed the trail out, though none are hard to overcome. There are also a few wetter sections, but nothing of issue.

  • Tony Daffern Aug 6, 2014, 4:04 pm

    Kananaskis Public Safety has reported that the trail around Hidden Lake has recently been brushed out and deadfall removed.

  • Gillean Daffern Aug 4, 2014, 10:30 am

    MT. BURKE
    On the plus side, there is now a brand new sign “Mt. Burke trail” pointing to the parking area before Cataract Creek campground. Yeah!

  • Gary Aug 4, 2014, 9:16 am

    Just back from hiking up Piper Creek from the Elbow Lake trail. Arrived at the trailhead there yesterday morning at 9 am, to find 25 cars had their passenger windows broken out over nite & all the cars contents, including things like glove boxes, consoles, trunks ransacked & stuff like registration info (with their addresses) missing. Person doing the despicable deed knew what they were doing because they broke out the passenger window so when driving in the parking lot everything looked fine. Many disillusioned folks hiking out from camping at Tombstone & Elbow Lake. RCMP & Parks were called & were investigating.

  • Gillean Daffern Aug 3, 2014, 11:59 pm

    CATARACT CREEK TO THE GDT
    There is lots to report on in the first 5.5 km of logging road to the Lost Creek turnoff. The hill down onto the flats from Hwy. 940 has eroded at the side hill into an arete and a deep trench spanned by a sheet of plywood. The side creek a short way on has spewed stones and gravel across a wide section of road.(Cataract Creek at this point has moved south, leaving the snowmobile bridge high and dry.) The section of road following has eroded to bedrock and holds water.Initially use a narrow trail on the right bank, then walk the stones. The bridges are out at the first and second creek crossings and the road between eroded. A third of the road through the big meadow has collapsed and is now a continuation of a deep wide trench filled with stones. Bypass on the right side by following flagging and trails in the grass.We got to the junction feeling a little dismayed.The once easy bike ride had got a lot more difficult.

    Fortunately, the rest of the route up Cataract Creek valley is untouched and the next two footbridges are intact. The big problem here is lack of blue paint marks indicating the GDT access route among the snowmobile trails. Only after Perkinson’s cabin were there fresh paint marks.

  • Gillean Daffern Aug 3, 2014, 3:49 pm

    PLATEAU MOUNTAIN
    The access road between the bottom gate and the second gate—the usual drive-to parking area— has a few minor washouts that can’t be navigated by the average car owing to the bumpy nature of the dirt mixed with stones. A grader could soon even out these spots. A single gouge higher up in the meadows would take more fixing, but could just as easily be avoided by taking to the grass at the side. Walking up and down this section of road ( 7.8 km return) is the pits, with no time left to enjoy the wonders of the ecological reserve. We hope there is the will to fix it up soon. Incidentally the notice on the bottom gate implies the ecological reserve starts directly after the gate. Not so. The boundary lies a few metres before the second gate.

    DRY CREEK Dry Creek is usually the fast way out from the high point to Hwy. 940. Not now. Almost all of the road in the valley bottom has been washed out and is a jumbled mess of rocks.

  • Alf Skrastins Aug 2, 2014, 10:25 pm

    MT. LIPSETT
    The traditional unofficial Mt. Lipsett parking area, 13.2km south of Highwood Pass, continues to be used as a major quarry for fill for flood repair projects. Luckily, there is still plenty of space along the shoulder to park, if you are hiking on the Mt. Lipsett trail.
    The good news is that the quarry site is looking more and more like a great parking lot site. The bad news is that you’ll need to work around the excavation site to get to the survey stake that marks the start of the trail. Once on the trail, the route is in good shape, as described in the 3rd Edition of the Kananaskis Country Trail Guide, Volume 2.

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