Access to Stewart Creek and Middle Sister

Iain Ramsey Three Sis Con

New construction is in full swing along the old haul road that allowed access to the start of Quebexican and to Middle Sister via Stewart Creek. As you can see from Iain Ramsey’s photo there’s heavy equipment working and a “no access” notice. While you can probably walk the road safely Sundays and holidays, during busier times it might be best to use the new start to Quebexican used by mountain bikers and cut across to the haul road beyond the construction.

Currently the route is not that obvious when coming from the Canmore direction. I will try to describe it. Head up Three Sisters Parkway to the traffic circle and take the third exit up Stewart Creek Rise. On the left is an open gravel area. You can probably park here. Follow the gravel uphill, bearing slightly left behind the houses and you will find yourself on an old gravel road. Follow it down to where it flattens out in about 400 m. Looking for bike tracks and pink flagging heading up right to an old grassed road and the green eco-barrier at the edge of the construction. Gain a grassed road and head up it to where a line if stones bears right. Cross another grassed road. By now the bike tracks are more obvious and lead on to Quebexican. The route is now marked with pink flagging.

Where the route joins Quebexican is very close to the northeast corner of the new construction, the boundary of which is marked by a green protective eco-barrier. To get to the old haul road and Stewart Creek, follow the east boundary in the trees and drop down onto the road.

Stewart Creek Start Map


Of course this will all change when they open up new phases of construction to the north and to the east. Hopefully not for a couple of years.

5 comments… add one
  • Tony Daffern Jun 22, 2016, 1:05 pm

    Meghan. The most up-to-date post-flood description of the route up Middle Sister is in Alan Kane’s new edition of Scrambles in the Canadian Rockies page 89. It’s available in MEC and many Calgary bookstores as well as in Canmore stores. The route past the construction work described in this blog is probably still valid, though we haven’t checked it this year.

  • Meghan Jun 20, 2016, 11:48 am

    I was wondering if someone could offer me some hiking “instructions”. My husband have tried for 2 years now to hike the middle sister and this year is going to be attempt #3. We keep getting so incredibly lost. Last year we ended up driving on a road behind 3 sisters and ran out of time to hike her and ended up doing Ha Ling instead. Does anyone have any step by step directions on how to hike the middle sister?

  • joel gray Apr 19, 2016, 1:29 pm

    Bagged this pretty girl (middle sis, aka Charity) last weekend, april 16th, 2016 . High ceiling, good view= fantastic hike! For parking, i found there to be a few options near the access road–either the second or third turnoff on the roundabout offers spots, and i didnt see any “no parking” signage, aside from the “no trespassing” sign at the front of the construction site. We actually took the 2nd turnoff and parked beside the golf course utilities shed/compound, in a lovely little paved parking lot. Nobody said anything, no signs said we couldnt… There is a nice path goes directly east, past the south side of the construction site, and joins onto Quebexican, skirting along the east side of the golf course. Please note: Still a lot of snow in the creekbed last weekend. Gaiters wouldve probably been helpful. It really slowed us and tested our resolve. Pink flagging helped find easiest route (as opposed to the cairns that are all over the place). Killer views from the top–luvd it! JG

  • Iain Ramsey Jul 7, 2015, 11:20 am

    Thanks for this write-up…. I’ll go and explore in the next week or two.

  • Tony Daffern Jun 23, 2015, 10:44 am

    Updated the description Jun 23 and produced a more accurate map. The route now has pink flagging once you leave the gravel road.

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