Trees Down in Elbow Valley

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I spent the weekend hiking in Elbow Valley. Started with Powderface Ridge on Saturday and then hiked the Elbow Valley Trail/Riverview Loop on Monday. Both days were incredibly windy. The storm really moved in on us on Saturday. Wind speeds in Kananaskis (Nakiska) were reported on both days gusting in excess of 70 kilometers. Sure felt like they were hitting that speed in the Elbow Valley. The wind on Saturday near Powderface Ridge was loud enough to drown out the rally drivers that were driving on the gravel at the end of highway 66 near Elbow Falls. Google Alerts found me some great shots of the cars on Biz. After being pelted on the hill by snow I think I should have watched the cars.

On Monday, I thought the trees were going to come down around me. I am not sure if the damage is from this weekend but there are a lot of trees down on the ridge on the Elbow Valley Trail. It is obvious that they have fallen very recently. There are a lot of sections like the one below.

I am always amazed that these trees fall down in such large numbers until you see the size of the root ball.