Directions to trail head
Bill Allen Pond just finished a major construction overhaul that is almost complete. The pond is improved and there is a great picnic area. Some of the maps indicate that the Fullerton Loop trail starts about 1 km along the Elbow Trail but as far as I am concerned it starts in the parking area at Bill Allen Pond. This is one of those elusive trails I have seen estimates of its length as being from 2.8 to 7.0 kilometres and several variations as to its altitude gain. According to my gps track the is 6.5 kilometres, the elevation gain is 190 metres and I would estimate that it will take most people between 1.5 hours and 2.5 hours to complete.
The GPS data starts at the trailhead on the east side of the parking lot. The first intersection is where Fullerton Loop breaks to the left off of Elbow Trail. Keep to the left but it is clearly signed. The second intersection is the start of the loop and at this junction there is a set of crude stairs cut into the hillside. If you go left you will do the steep section first. I suggest that you keep to the right unless the conditions are slippery. I find it easier to climb a slippery section than trying to get down it and I would only go left at the junction if you are concerned about traction. Taking the trail to the right leads to a long gradual ascent through the forest to the half-way point of the loop where you can view Moose Mountain and the group of mountains surrounding Banded Peak. The return trip skirts the edge of the ridge overlooking the Ranger Station and the Elbow Valley.
The GPS track for this hike can be downloaded via the file attached to this post. Go to the "About" page for directions prior to download or use of this data. Please submit your feedback and let me know your thoughts on the hike. If you have the the GPS data for other hikes in Alberta please send it along with a couple pictures to chris[at]hikealberta[dot]com.
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