Our Trail Updates Database

by Tony Daffern on June 12, 2014

Roads are opening and flood-damaged trails are being repaired. Please assist by adding comments to this post so we can update our trails database. We really appreciate your input. In particular we need information on trails in the Highwood and Gorge Creek areas. Check a trail’s status by clicking on the box to the right.


No Name Ridge

by Gillean Daffern on July 9, 2014

Aka Nameless Ridge down in the Highwood. Nowadays one parks in a lay-by on the left side, 14.2 km south of Highwood Pass, that is also the starting point for No Name (Nameless) Valley and Mist Mountain. Normally we walk the 9 km loop with No Name Valley in the clockwise direction, but  for a change decided to do it the other way round on one of the hottest days of the year so far. Ugh! It’s a south-facing ridge and we baked. I am not good in heat and had to stop often, ostensively to take flower pics.

Nameless Ridge pic

Mist Mtn. from the summit.

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Mt. Burke Re-route Trail

June 21, 2014

So we were out yesterday on the one fine day between rainy days looking to find a bypass to the flood damaged Salter Creek section. The sight of a river running down Salter Creek made us even more determined to find a better route. The bypass starts just before the north bank trail of Plateau Creek reaches Salter […]

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Mount Burke Proposed New Trail Section

June 13, 2014

The initial section of trail from the parking lot to where Salter Creek leaves Plateau Creek is in reasonable shape. However, post flood  the old route up Salter Creek is washed out and the creek is a time-consuming mess of rocks and deadfall. We are proposing a new 500m-long section of trail that will avoid […]

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Tunes for Trails

May 16, 2014

The Greater Bragg Creek Trails Association is holding its 4th annual fundraiser, Tunes for Trails, 7:00 pm Saturday, May 24 at the Bragg Creek Community Centre. Tickets are still available in Bragg Creek from the Best Little Wordhouse in the West at 403 949-4995. Or, you can purchase on-line through PayPal (with your PayPal account or […]

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First Spring Flowers

May 4, 2014

A walk to Marston Col with a return via the hill to the east. Early spring flowers.

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All but One Dry Dam Eliminated from Kananaskis Country Flood Mitigation Planning

May 1, 2014

At the recent Flood Symposium in Calgary the Alberta Government a short list of flood mitigation projects that they would implement over the next three years. The good news for Kananaskis Country is that all of the previously-proposed dry dams have been eliminated, though one new one has been proposed on the Elbow River just […]

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Are You Concerned about a Higher than Normal Snowpack this Spring?

April 26, 2014

There seems to be a lot of paranoia as we approach this years snowmelt season fueled by alarmist statements to the media by people who don’t fully understand what caused last June’s extreme flooding. The snow recording sites in the headwaters of the Sheep, Elbow and Highwood Rivers show that there is a little more […]

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Elbow/Fullerton/Bobcat Update

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 […]

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Info on Kananaskis Country Roads and Logging

March 28, 2014

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 […]

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