The big ridge looming over Highway 742 north of Mud Lake is a popular winter destination for snowshoers who plod up the lower slopes to treeline. In summer, though, there is nothing to stop the hiker/scrambler from going all the way to the summits where a fantastic view awaits.
The High Rockies Trail is finished and open. It is just under 82 km from Goat Creek to Elk Pass at the powerline. While almost all of the trail can be used in winter there are a few things you should be aware of:
So, where are the best larches in Kananaskis Country. There are many old favourites — Burstal Pass, Pocaterra Ridge, Chester Lake — but there are many others. Here is our selection of some of the best larch hikes.
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.
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.
A description of a hike up Buller Creek to the forks (#77 in Volume 1), then up the north fork to look at hoodoos. Mentions crossing the High Rockies Trail and gives updates on the scenery after the recent burn.
The High Rockies Trail, which connects Goat Creek at the Banff Park boundary to Elk Pass on the Alberta B.C. boundary, is the westernmost section of the Trans Canada Trail in Alberta. The project’s proponent, the Alberta TrailNet Society, envisions the trail becoming a world-class destination trail through Kananaskis Country, with shuttle busses transporting trail users between trailheads.
A description of the route to the col between Mount Burstall and Piggy Plus which is a terrific viewpoint. A variation on the way back takes in a second great viewpoint.
A short, steep snowshoe trip to scenic but sunless Tryst Lake in the Smith-Dorrien valley. Best with snowshoes that have good grip on steep slopes. Not a beginner snowshoe.
Describes a snowshoe trip into Commonwealth Lake and into the cirque below Commonwealth Peak where you have to be aware of avalanche hazard. The map shows other possible snowshoe trails in the area.
Over the last couple of winters we noticed that a number of groups offered trips to Sawmill Burn. So yesterday we tried to find the way up the old logging roads. We got almost to the burn area before lack of time and energy forced us to turn back.
Description of snowshoe trip to Rummel Lake in the Smith-Dorrien area and how it compares to Chester Lake snowshoe trail.
Looking for a hike that has waterfalls, a lake, a glacier and great mountain views? The Old Goat Glacier trial in Spray Valley Provincial Park has it all.
We revisited the Burstall Avalanche Impact Pool on Canada Day to see what it looked like without snow. Here are a few pictures and a description of the best summer route.
The Avalanche Impact Pool above Third Burstall Lake is an unusual and interesting landform and well worth visiting. The pool was formed by infrequent, large avalanches ejecting valley-bottom sediments to form a mound on the downhill side.