Now that the snow at lower elevations is finally melting and the trails drying up, I thought it might be useful to list a few of our favorite spring hikes along with links to those described on this site. A couple of the trails are described as winter hikes so you will have to imagine them with no snow.
Closest to Calgary, in the Elbow and West Bragg, two of the newly-built trails should be dry enough to hike provided you don’t go out after a period of heavy rain:
Snagmore Hill, from Allen Bill Pond parking is a short, scenic loop.
Ranger Hill, from West Bragg parking – a combination of three trails to make a loop. Do it this spring before the area is logged
In the Jumpingpound try Seventy Buck Viewpoint
Farther west, the area below Yamnuska gives good, open hiking. You may also like to explore the extensive network of trails in the southern section of Bow Valley Provincial Park. Start from the T-junction on the road between Rafter Six and the YMCA Camp.
The Benchland trails above Canmore are free of snow. Park at Cougar Creek parking and explore the extensive network of trails east of the creek. Lots of mountain bikers on weekends!
The Sheep River area west of Turner Valley has three good spring hiking areas:
Carry Ridge. Park at the Kananaskis Country boundary and hike to long ridge north of the highway.
Farher south, Grass Pass in the Highwood and the surrounding hills make for a good day out.
Even farther south is Indian Graves Ridge and the Willow Creek Hills