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    David Anderson reviewed Prairie Mountain Trail

    6 months ago

    Wife and I have been up twice, most recently in September 2016. Some snow higher up (should have taken ice grippers). Close to the top the fog completely obscured everything more than a few metres away, let alone the steep drops. I find it to be tough but I’m in my mid sixties and don’t hike enough. I know there is a great view.

    David Anderson completed Mount Hoffman Trail

    9 months ago

    David Anderson reviewed Mount Hoffman Trail

    9 months ago

    I agree, my wife and I both liked this trail a lot. We hiked on Sept 20. It was bitter cold and windy at the top with snow threatening across into Mount Gibraltar. I was looking for a fairly short trail with a good view of the mountains covered in early snow and this one fit the bill. The trail was easy to follow. The confusing section through the old growth forest at the top of the ridge was well travelled and marked with flagging tape. I can imagine the situation changes constantly as more deadfall collects in the area. The section up to the forest is steep but manageable. One might expect switchbacks up the slope but this time it's like Prairie Mountain, straight up. I was pleasantly surprised by the bare rock knob on top. I thought the trail ended in a high meadow but the summit was bare, windswept rock just metres above tree line. The short detour to the area called The Knobs is worthwhile for a place to rest and have some water. We found 2 Geocaches, quite by accident, one in the meadow at the old logging camp and a second on top. Construction of the new bridge over the Sheep River has created a great opportunity to hike Mount Hoffmann. On a good day Calgary can be seen 38 miles to the north east (see photos).

    David Anderson reviewed Rae Glacier Trail

    9 months ago

    I reviewed this trail under Elbow Lake but obviously Rae Glacier is more appropriate. The trail was very popular and busy on a Thursday (Aug 31). There is a steep piece at the start but it is fairly short. Once at the lake the trail is flat and offers numerous options to continue north to Tombstone or southeast up to the Rae Glacier on Mount Rae. Excellent back country camping along the lake. Very nice day. We made it just below the glacier itself.

    David Anderson completed Rae Glacier Trail

    9 months ago

    David Anderson saved Ptarmigan Cirque

    9 months ago

    David Anderson saved Deer Ridge Trail

    9 months ago

    David Anderson saved Pocaterra Cirque

    9 months ago

    David Anderson saved Elbow Lake

    9 months ago

    David Anderson reviewed Elbow Lake

    10 months ago

    David Anderson reviewed Pocaterra Cirque

    11 months ago

    This was our second try on this trail. On our first hike on June 21 2017 we found ourselves stomping around on the avalanche slope trying to get across to the tarn. We didn't make it. This time we went in with two old dogs and although the broken scree was kind of hard for them to negotiate overall the trail wasn't really a problem for them. Nice to have running water on a trail for the dogs. We met 10 other hikers on the trail which was OK because more people mean less likelihood of an unexpected bear encounter. It was a beautiful day. Clear skies, light breezes and a high of 15C. Highly recommended.

    David Anderson completed Pocaterra Cirque

    11 months ago

    David Anderson reviewed Black Prince Cirque Interpretive Trail to Warspite Lake

    11 months ago

    Great trail! We were there on November 8 2016 and the weather was perfect. Quite a bit of snow up the trail and the footing was kind of difficult but the view of the cirque at the end was great. We took our old dog Moby and she was fine. Not a lot of other users. The lake itself was 90% dry. Some of the photos show quite a large body of water earlier in the season.

    David Anderson reviewed Deer Ridge Trail

    11 months ago

    Pretty decent hike! We got seriously messed up at the start and wandered around on cowpaths for a while. We should have stayed low instead of going up to the lookout bench. After that is fine. Bit of a grind up a cut line but the top was very nice. Walking through pines down to edge of Sibbald Flats. Took our old dog.

    David Anderson completed Deer Ridge Trail

    11 months ago

    David Anderson reviewed Prairie Mountain Trail

    11 months ago

    Tough but great. No snow lower down but by the time we got to the top the ice fog moved in and we couldn't see a thing! Lots of people were on the way up and down anyway. Tougher going down with the slippy snow and such.

    David Anderson completed Prairie Mountain Trail

    11 months ago

    David Anderson reviewed C Level Cirque Trail

    11 months ago

    Nice hike up to a really decent glacial bowl. Maybe a bit too much in the trees at the start but it's worth it.

    David Anderson completed C Level Cirque Trail

    11 months ago

    David Anderson reviewed Ptarmigan Cirque

    11 months ago

    Great hike. Above tree line pretty quick. Lots of water melting from the snowpack for the old dog. Highly recommended.

    David Anderson reviewed Powderface Creek and Prairie Creek Trail Loop

    11 months ago

    It is still amazing to me that we can hike Kananaskis in the middle of January without snowshoes or heavy clothing. Four of us left Calgary around 1100 and were back by 1700. The temperature was around +2C all day. The trail was kind of difficult. The snow was melting but the footing wasn't great. The whole thing took longer than expected but then we really hadn't planned to do the whole loop. Next time I make sure all the others on the hike had food and water. We want to go back. It would be a decent day hike without the snow.

    David Anderson reviewed Moose Mountain Trail

    11 months ago

    Moose Mountain is a well used trail in Kananaskis west of Calgary. I read the trail guides and studied the maps etc and although the trail seemed longer than I might have liked (14 km or so round trip) the trail seemed pretty straight forward. It was a long walk but we were above tree line pretty quick which is always nice. Pleasant day, lots of flowers. The guides talked about the return and the last long haul uphill to the parking lot. They were right. All in all, for a 64 year old guy who only does a half dozen or so decent hikes a year it was definitely doable.

    David Anderson completed Moose Mountain Trail

    11 months ago

    David Anderson saved Baldy Pass Trail

    over 1 year ago

    David Anderson saved Nihahi Ridge Trail

    over 1 year ago