I received these pictures attached to an email which indicated that they were taken near Golden. Not accurate, actually it was California, but they are still amazing. The pictures pretty much speak for themselves. According to KOLO 8 and the Truckee Bear League a bear was crossing the Rainbow bridge near Donner Summit when she was spooked by traffic and jumped off the side. The 250-pound bear clung on for dear life overnight, dangling about 100-feet in the air before about a dozen volunteers could safely lower her to the ground. It seems that SaveOurSpots.org was involved in the rescue. Absolutely amazing.
One of the features of this site is the ability for users to obtain information on trail conditions. We are at that time of the year again when conditions can change rapidly from one week to another and from area to area. Rain, ice, fallen trees can make trails less enjoyable or even unsafe. When you hike, please go to the forum, add the trail if necessary by posting a new forum topic,and pass onto others the trails condition. By passing on the information it increases the chance that other hikers will find an enjoyable hike.
From Alaska, a good sense of humour. Pay attention to the final line on the notice.
There are now approximately 75 different hiking trails listed on Hike Alberta. Most of the hiking trails are within a two hour drive of Calgary. I would like to continue to expand this list. It is great to hear about other trails and explore them. The hiking guides cannot list them all and often they focus on the most popular or what will become, as a result of publication, trails that become more popular. If you have a favourite that is not listed please send me a description of the trail, a couple of photos, and if you have it, the GPS track and I will add them to the database. Trail descriptions can be sent to chris[at]hikealberta.com.
Here are a couple of suggestions to search for and find a trail from the database that interests you. Every time a hike is added to the database Google Maps adds a marker to the trailhead. By scanning the hike locations page and clicking on a marker you will be taken directly to the hike description. All trails on the database appear on this map.
Another option is to search by area. Immediately below are some of the more popular areas.
Given that Kananaskis Country is so large, it is broken into a few smaller areas. Again, the most popular are either in or near the following areas.
Highway #1 and Highway #1A west of Calgary
Canmore Hiking Trails
Bragg Creek and Elbow Valley
Peter Lougheed Provincial Park
Sheep Country, Sandy McNabb Recreation Area and Turner Valley
For a complete list check out the tags associated with the hike descriptions.
Finally, and this is a work in progress, the Alberta Hiking Trail Destinations Google Map. By clicking on a marker you should see the highlight of a hike whether it is the mountain view, waterfall or something else of interest. Not all of the destinations are represented because this has to be done manually.
On the weekend I went up with a group to Larch Valley and on to Sentinel Pass. The plan was to see the larches in all their glory. I had tried the hike on Thanksgiving weekend last year and the needles had fallen off of all but the odd larch. This weekend the larches were in varying stages of colour change. Here is a view over Larch Valley with some of the ten peaks in the background.
If you are interested in this hike and seeing the larches I would predict that the weekends of September 23 and 30th will be the prime time to view the larches. Here is a picture of a solitary larch that has almost completed the change to gold. Wait past the 30th and you may be disappointed.