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  • Gillean Daffern Nov 16, 2013, 8:04 pm

    The access road into Cat Creek day use area now sports a jagged edge opposite the picnic shelter. Not quite sure why the day use area was closed, because traffic could easily have been relegated to one lane in this area. The rest plus the picnic area is fine. McPhail Creek trail is good to the crossing of the Highwood River— just one tiny stretch of stones where a side creek has gouged the trail a bit. The Highwood is still running fast, the crossing appearing narrower and deeper than before flood. Would have gone farther to check out the McPhail Creek crossing on the Carnarvon Creek trail, but forgot our stream-crossing bootees.

    Trail is good to the camp apart from a a few downed trees which have nothing to do with the flood. As expected, both bridges in the canyon have gone.

  • Alf Skrastins Oct 8, 2013, 10:35 pm

    There may be snow on the ground and falling needles at the larch hiking destinations, but fall colours are currently at their peak in the aspen forests. On recent hikes, I have found excellent displays of brilliant yellow aspen leaves in many parts of eastern Kananaskis Country. Some examples are:
    SHEEP VALLEY-High Noon Hills, Sandy McNabb Hill, Carry Ridge, Muley Ridge, Long Prairie Ridge, North Pine Ridge, Foran Grade Ridge, Windy Point Trail and Windy Point Ridge.
    ELBOW/WEST BRAGG CREEK-Snagmore, Fullerton Loop, Bobcat, Elbow Valley Trail, Braggin’ Rights, Reconnect, East Telephone and Boundary Ridge.
    SIBBALD-Jumpingpound Loop, Eagle Hill and Sibbald Flat Interpretive Trail.
    KANANASKIS-Prairie View Trail and Stoney Trail
    I’m sure the Highwood and Johnstone Creek areas have been good too, but I haven’t been there lately.
    The great thing about all of these trails has been that they are dry, with no snow on the ground and these areas have been much warmer in the past week than areas to the west.

  • Gérard Lachapelle Oct 3, 2013, 7:55 pm

    Today, three of us went to Elbow Lake, Sheep Lakes, Tombstone CG and back to Elbow Lake and parking lot, a distance of 19 km. The accumulated snow on the trails was 30 cm, thanks to fresh snow last night and it was hard to find the section between the Fish and Wildlife Cabin at the North end of the Sheep Lakes and Tombstone CG. Additional effort was required during the hike as no one had been on these trails since the snow fall. However the trails are in good conditions, although some sections are more rocky than they were prior to the June Flood.

  • Derek Ryder Oct 3, 2013, 1:52 am

    Helicopters were up on Lady Mac on October 2nd, dismantling the teahouse, gazebo and helipad. Might look a little different up there next time you go.

  • Derek Ryder Sep 30, 2013, 3:05 pm

    More news from the Mt. Engadine Facebook feed today. Get your skis out!

    “Well the snow is finally calming down with an accumulation of between 10-15cm but it is now disappearing with the balmy +2C temps – yikes! Accumulation higher up is greater as to be expected with snow depths at Chester and Rummel around 20cm, and drifting on Burstall has some areas of snow at mid thigh level (and this was on a pretty tall guy). With the warmer temps this week that the meteorologists are guessing on, most should disappear, but it has been an early start!”

  • Gillean Daffern Sep 30, 2013, 10:29 am

    The new (temporary?) trail leaving Allen Bill Pond parking lot has had a setback. Likely it is the grazing lease holder — I hope it is not the ESRD—who has done away with the gate in the barbed wire fence.The sign “Please close the gate” has gone, as well as the red flagging between the gate and the continuation of Elbow trail. There is no other gate in the fence. On Sunday pm the trail was chockablock with people— the usual mix of hikers, bikers, runners and the general public with tots and dogs in tow— who were forced to squirm under the lowest wire or pry apart the middle two wires to get to the other side.
    It’s remarkable how fast trails in other areas of K Country are being fixed up, even if its only a temporary fix. Isn’t it time something was done about THIS trail? It is, after all, the busiest trail in eastern K Country and is used all year round. Gotta solve the problem of the fence before the snow flies!

  • Alf Skrastins Sep 29, 2013, 8:37 pm

    Marmot Basin and the Twin Creeks Basins on the east side of Mt. Allan contain one of the largest alpine larch forests in Kananaskis Country. This area is most certainly the shortest drive to get to a larch hike. The Marmot Basin (XC ski) trail (#23A) is closed due to extensive flooding damage, however this is not the best way to get to the actual Marmot Basin anyhow. The Ribbon Creek trailhead is closed too, so your best access is via the Nakiska Ski Resort.
    We parked in from of the Nakiska gate, then hiked through the base area of the ski resort and up the snowmobile road ( Upper Marmot Basin Road), as per description #23 in Volume 1 of the Kananaskis Country Trail Guide, 4th edition. After crossing Twin Creeks, we went up the Marmot Basin (hiking) trail and then onto Fisera Ridge (#23 B). These trails were essentially not damaged by the flooding, although they seem to be collecting an increasing amount of deadfall due to a lack of maintenance. There is snow on the ground just about the time you begin to see larch trees, and it increases with elevation.

  • Derek Ryder Sep 29, 2013, 5:51 pm

    From a Facebook update by Mt. Engandine Lodge today:
    Trail alert: Burstall Pass is thigh deep snow at the top, Chester Lake has about 15cm and accumulating.

  • Bernbaby Sep 26, 2013, 5:24 pm

    Any updates on hikes close to Highwood house? Hells ridge in particular.

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