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 Sheep River we headed up Wolf Creek trail on snowshoes, although we could have easily walked on the well-packed trail. We noticed that the Price Camp trail was also packed down.
About 2.5 km up Wolf Creek trail there is a large open meadow with a small bare hill on the east side. At this point we gave up on the snowshoes and headed up grass to the open summit for a snack. Rather than return the same way, we followed a game trail down the ridge to the NE. The trail turned into a track that led to the Sheep River just west of Wolf Creek. We came out opposite a trail that climbs to the connecting trail between Sandy McNabb Hill and the High Noon Hills. We could have returned to our vehicle that way, over the top of Sandy McNabb Hill and along the interpretive trail (see sketch map Vol. 4 p24). Instead we chose to walk along the river bed on snowmobile and quad tracks to view the 2013 flood damage and the fine cliff scenery. The whole loop was an easy 8 km.