Elbow/Fullerton/Bobcat Update

In a blog last fall we we criticized part of the Elbow trail re-route down through the boggy area near the river where there used to be a gate in the fence. We suggested that the route through the fence higher up used all last summer was a much better alternative. We were told that the trail building last November (once the money was available) was a last-minute effort to open up the trail for skiers, and that in the spring, they would reconsider the routing after developing a master plan for the area.

Alf Skrastins sent us photos taken yesterday that reinforces our criticism of the re-route and also shows some of the recent logging on the Tom Snow/Ridgeback trails. We have reproduced some of them here along with his comments. He also reports that Bobcat is “mostly snow-free, except in sheltered gullies and shaded areas.” Thank you Alf!


It is baffling why the re-routed Elbow Trail was taken down from a dry escarpment to go through this mud-hole!

Alf-lower muddy trail

A smarter re-route would have avoided this regular creek drainage problem.

Alf-Ranger Cr bridge

New “Post Flood” Elbow Trail Bridge over Ranger Creek. Bridge seems to be constructed a bit too low… it’s only April and there is only 6cm of space left under the bridge.  This looks destined to float away once it starts flooding!

Alf-view from bobcat

View from Bobcat Trail. A new cut block on the east side of a low ridge. Tom Snow/Ridgeback trails are on the un-logged side of the hill.

4 comments… add one
  • Alf Skrastins Apr 30, 2014, 11:04 pm

    I’m guessing that there is a very good chance that the route of Elbow trail will be moved again in the near future. The boggy area below the escarpment is within the flood zone of the proposed Elbow Dry Dam, so it makes sense to move it out of the potential lake!
    I expect there will also be a complete re-evaluation of the trailhead location for the Elbow/Fullerton/Bobcat trails, since Highway #66 will no longer cross the Elbow at Allen Bill (former pond).

  • Alf Skrastins Apr 19, 2014, 6:04 pm

    Might be a good idea to check out the Spray Lakes Sawmills open house on May 7, 3-7pm in Cochrane. Make your thoughts known about logging plans for next year and for the next 5 years.

  • G. Apr 14, 2014, 12:46 pm

    There goes West Bragg… it’s almost too late.

  • Gillean Daffern Apr 12, 2014, 11:22 am

    We recently spent a couple of hours following the new logging road from Hwy. 66 through these cutblocks on the west side of Ranger Creek. After it crosses the second section of Ridgeback trail the road divides in a big cutblock. We went left following the cutblock onto the top of the ridge at 603417 and down a sub ridge to the SE onto the first section of Ridgeback.Unlike what is shown on the government map we were using, the cutblocks come very close to the trail and there was also another cutblock not shown on the map between Tom Snow and Ridgeback trail.Logging road was very muddy in shady areas. Ridgeback Trail itself is still a ribbon of ice on north and east-facing aspects.

    The ridge 603417 from above the first section of Ridgeback.

    View from big cutblock of Ranger Hill.

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