Snowshoe Elk Pass

by Gillean Daffern on February 15, 2015

Elk Pass powerline

Slogging up the Hydroline. The actual snowshoe trail is to the right of the ski trail near the trees.

Finally got around to looking at the official snowshoe trail to Elk Pass in Peter Lougheed park.

The well-marked trail starts from the end of Elk Pass parking lot and heads up the powerline right-of-way. Before the steep bit it cuts left, crosses Elk Pass ski trail and climbs an old track to the top of the ridge. It uses the ski trail to descend to Fox Creek where it turns left on Fox Creek trail, then almost immediately right for an enjoyable stint alongside Fox Creek — the nicest part of the whole route.  We would have liked to have continued up Fox Creek, but on reaching the bottom of Hydroline, we were disappointed to find that the rest of the route follows Hydroline up the steep hill and along the powerline right-of-way all the way to Elk Pass. This is a long and boring straight (particularly on snowshoes) and exposed to bad weather. And apart from having a picnic table and visiting Whisky Jacks, Elk Pass on the powerline is no great shakes as a destination either. We are wondering if anyone’s made a trail up the more sheltered environs of upper Fox Creek to West Elk Pass where the views are?

Elk Pass whiskey jack

A friendly Whiskey Jack at the high point of the ski trail.

Start Elk Pass parking lot on Kananaskis Lakes Trail. Distance 5.5 km to pass, height gain ~259 m (850 ft.)

Elk Pass map

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Flood Repairs to Trails – Information Session

by Tony Daffern on February 14, 2015

ESRD is holding a public information session on Thursday, February 19, from 7 – 9 p.m. at the Four Points Sheraton Hotel West (opposite Canada Olympic Park). There will be a program update from 2014 and information on proposed 2015 projects for ESRD’s Backcountry Trail Flood Rehabilitation Program. Staff will be available to answer questions and to identify potential opportunities for involvement for volunteering or partnering with them.

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Snowshoe Rummel Ridge

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Snowshoe trip up Rummel Ridge in the Smith-Dorrien

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The RMB Forum Archive

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Back when we owned Rocky Mountain Books we started a forum that became the meeting place for local climbers and scramblers. Unfortunately in 2010 Heritage House developed a new RMB site with a different service provider who could not support the forum. Fortunately, Vern Dewit managed to rescue (way beyond our technical ability) thousands of posts, […]

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Some Winter Walking/Snowshoeing Options at West Bragg Creek

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Back in 2008, in the early days of this blog, we promoted a skiing/hiking trail that we called North Bragg. It was used and maintained by equestrians who called it Hidden Trail, part of a ride that also included Moose Loop. The trail started up Hostel Loop, then up over what is now called Demi-Tel, […]

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Snowshoe Snowy Owl at West Bragg Creek

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Now that the snow has arrived, it’s time to check out Snowy Owl and Snowy Shortcut, two new snowshoe trails at West Bragg Creek. Built by volunteers from the Greater Bragg Creek Trails Association this addition brings the total trail network at West Bragg Creek up to 106 km. Snowy Owl trail makes a large […]

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Snowshoe Canmore Nordic Centre

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The Canmore Nordic Centre has recently created a very pleasant 3 km snowshoe trail; a mixture of old roads and single-track bike trails. Unfortunately the start is hard to find if you don’t know the area in summer and the trail has nowhere near enough signs to make it easy to follow in winter. While […]

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A “Momentous Occasion” for Alberta’s Wild Horses

November 28, 2014

WHOAS, The Wild Horse of Alberta Society, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Environment and Sustainable Resource Development (ESRD). This five year agreement allows WHOAS to work in collaboration with ESRD to humanely manage wild horse populations in the Sundre area. Hopefully it will also take the pressure off wild horses in Kananaskis Country.

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Pictures of Work Done by Volunteers at West Bragg Creek

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Here’s an album that highlights some of the work done by volunteers and with donated funds at West Bragg Creek this summer. New trails include: Merlin View (all season), Mountain View, West Crystal re-route, Crystal Link #2, #3, #4, East Link, Bunny Loop and Chickadee Loop (XC Ski trails) and Snowy Owl and Snowy Shortcut […]

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Snowshoe Arethusa Cirque

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You’ve got 5 days left in which to enjoy a really terrific snowshoe into the cirque south of the more populated Ptarmigan. The distance is short, but perfect for the short drab days of late November.

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