Elbow/Fullerton/Bobcat Update

by Tony Daffern on April 10, 2014

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!

Mudhole

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

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Info on Kananaskis Country Roads and Logging

by Gillean Daffern on March 28, 2014

  1. Powderface Trail: You’ll be happy to know that Powderface Trail (the road) will remain closed until at least 2015. Alberta Transportation has hired “an engineering consultant to  carry out a detail design  and arrange  for the regulatory approvals to repair and replace” the bridges. However, due to sensitive fishery issues  raised by a federal department and the small window allowed  for the work to take place, it could be a long time before we get back on this road.
  2. Gorge Creek Road: The one big washout on Gorge Creek Road is being looked at this spring, There is hope the road will be reopened  sometime this summer.
  3. Hwy. 532: More work needs to be done on Hwy. 532 west of Indian Graves. Should be open by mid summer. Starting next winter, this road, formerly open all year,  will be slapped with a seasonal closure  between Dec 1 and April 30 west of Indian Graves Campground. [click to continue…]

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Do Wild Horses Consume Forage at the Expense of Cattle?

March 13, 2014

The main thrust for the reduction of wild horse herds in the Alberta foothills is from grazing leaseholders concerned that horses are consuming forage at the expense of their cattle. How valid is this assumption? I have only been able to find one study, by Salter & Hudson, that looks at how horses, wildlife and […]

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Snowshoe Sinnot Hill

February 13, 2014

Just before the very cold weather hit we squeezed in an easy snowshoe trip to a viewpoint off Hwy. 549. Starting at the K Country boundary, we  pushed snow to Threepoint Creek, which was well frozen, took  Curly Sand trail to the meadow junction, then climbed 9999 trail to the pass. All the way we […]

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Wild Horses at Risk

January 30, 2014

We are appalled that the Alberta Government is again issuing capture permits for wild horses on public land along Alberta’s Eastern Slopes. It appears that the main thrust for the reduction of wild horse herds is from grazing lease holders concerned that horses are consuming forage at the expense of their cattle. Bob Henderson, president of […]

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Map & Trail Guide to Bragg Creek & Area Trails

January 26, 2014

The Greater Bragg Creek Trails Association (GBCTA) has produced an attractive map of Bragg Creek and area trails covering all but one of the multi-use, mountain bike, ski and snowshoe trails from the Kananaskis Country Boundary to just west of Moose Mountain Road, and from highway 66 to the north end of Telephone Loop. I […]

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Mystery on Riverview/Elbow Valley loop

January 21, 2014

We finally got around to snowshoeing this popular hiker’s loop of about 7.5  km on a Thursday afternoon in mid January, the day warm and sunny, the meadows gleaming pale orange through my brown-tinted sunglasses. From Paddy’s Flat campground access road we got onto Riverview (brand new red marker at the start) and enjoyed an […]

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Snowshoe High Noon Hills

January 17, 2014

description of a snowshoe trip on the High Noon Hills in the Sheep.

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Black Diamond Bakery & Coffee Shop

January 10, 2014

If your’e heading down to the Highwood early in the morning and need breakfast, call in at the Black Diamond Bakery & Coffee Shop for some fine Danish baking and a real deal on a cooked-to-order, high-protein breakfast that will keep you going for many hours. In how may places can you get eggs, bacon, […]

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Snowshoe to Mine Scar

January 5, 2014

In the Kananaskis Village/Ribbon Creek area there are three established half-day snowshoe loops: the two  Village Loops from the village and  Troll Falls loop from Stoney Trail parking lot. Unlisted is another easy half day trail that is accessible from either Ribbon Creek parking lot or Nakiska parking lot. It’s a little longer than the […]

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