Hiking Trip Log
 

Many regular followers  of site hiking portion have requested ordered trip log in order to be informed about recent adventures, so here it is starting with January 2021.  Log will be grouped on annual basis.   Click the link in Trip Column to access detail report

 

2021

 

2021

Trip Date Section Comment
Castle Lookout Jan 8 Canadian Rockies :: Banff - Louise Sunny and not cold.  Compact trail - snowshoes not required
Marmot Creek Jan 14 Canadian Rockies :: Kananaskis Micro spikes a must by frozen waterfalls.  Skogan Pass trail groomed
Rawson Lake Jan 18 Canadian Rockies :: Kananaskis Easy boot-up.  Crossed frozen upper K-Lake on return
Mt. Kidd Lookout Jan 20 Canadian Rockies :: Kananaskis Boot up with spikes.  Couple of awkward spots at treeline
Bow Valley Provincial Park Jan 29 Canadian Rockies :: Canmore / Bow Valley Road walk from Middle Lake.  Nice light at Whitefish
Lake Minnewanka Feb 15 Canadian Rockies :: Banff - Louise Crossed frozen lake to south side under Mt. Inglismaldie
Dolomite Shoulder Feb 18 Canadian Rockies :: Icefields Snowshoe via Dolomite Highline.  Fab summit views!
Horton Hill Feb 24 Canadian Rockies :: Alberta Foothills Sunny, but windy. Boot up from Lusk Parking
Hector Lake and Little Pulpit Mar 4 Canadian Rockies :: Icefields Deep non-supportive snow prevented crossing to Balfour Flats. Ascended Pulpit knob instead following ski tracks
Chester Lake Mar 9 Canadian Rockies :: Kananaskis Boot up compact trail, including Elephant Rocks
Sulphur Mountain Mar 12 Canadian Rockies :: Banff - Louise Gondola Trail with free download.  Cosmic Ray closed
Fairholme Benchlands  (South) Mar 17 Canadian Rockies :: Banff - Louise Great Ridgewalk south of Johnson Lake.  Warm and Dry!
Siffleur Falls Mar 18 Canadian Rockies :: Alberta Foothills Great trail beyond lower falls. Explored sunny ridge above North Sask. River on return
Barrier Lookout Apr 5 Canadian Rockies :: Kananaskis Mud/slush lower, snow up.  Very slippery rise to McConnel Ridge.  See here for full McConnel traverse
Yam Shoulder Apr 13 Canadian Rockies :: Canmore / Bow Valley Mud, Slush then Slippery Snow.  Backside all white
Miners Peak Apr 14 Canadian Rockies :: Canmore / Bow Valley Slippery at upper staircase.  Checked skier gully below Lawrence Grassi on return 
Ya-Ha-Tinda Apr 16 Canadian Rockies :: Alberta Foothills First time visit.  After initial walkabout hiked "Poplar Ridge Circuit".  3hr drive (1-way) is major issue
Bow Valley Parkway cycle / Johnston Canyon / Ink Pots Apr 20 Canadian Rockies :: Banff - Louise Awesome bike ride on 1A from Banff to Castle Junction followed by Johnston Canyon / Ink Pots hike in total solitude
Fairholme Benchlands (Water Tower) Apr 26 Canadian Rockies :: Banff - Louise Return from Cascade Ponds, including Johnson Lake loop
Peechee Ridge May 5 Canadian Rockies :: Banff - Louise Mt. Peechee east ridge scramble above Carrot Creek
Grassi Lakes / Whiteman Gap May 11 Canadian Rockies :: Canmore / Bow Valley Usual "8" loop.  Unseasonally snowy/wet conditions
King Creek Ridge May 14 Canadian Rockies :: Kananaskis Ridge snowbound.  Fantastic light on return at first highpoint
Cascade Fireroad May 21 Canadian Rockies :: Banff - Louise Cycle to Stony Creek Crossing. Brief hike on Elk Pass trail to Cascade River ford
Astley Drainage May 22 Canadian Rockies :: Banff - Louise Investigate approach from Stewart Canyon up gully draining off Astley Ridge above Lake Minnewanka
Rats Nest Cave May 27 Canadian Rockies :: Canmore / Bow Valley Explore Canyon above the cave with loop return via Grotto Carter Route
Stones Gully May 30 Canadian Rockies :: Canmore / Bow Valley Loop scramble above Highline trail up gully between Lawrence Grassi and Miners Peak
Moraine Lake bike & hike May 31 Canadian Rockies :: Banff - Louise Cycle Moraine road, then circumvent the lake.  Very rough conditions on south side
Minnewanka to Ghost June 3,4 Canadian Rockies :: Banff - Louise Backpack to LM9, then dayhike to Minnewanka east end
Highwood Pass / Elbow Lake June 14 Canadian Rockies :: Kananaskis Cycle from K-Lakes to Highwood Pass before seasonal road re-opening with brief side hike to Elbow Lake
Wasootch Ridge June 21 Canadian Rockies :: Kananaskis Finally made it to Wasootch Higpoint.  Easy/Moderate Scramble past Hiker Summit.  Hot day, ran out of water on return
Old Goat Glacier June 25 Canadian Rockies :: Kananaskis Heat Wave hike to cool off in glacial valley below Old Goat Mountain above Spray Lakes
Bald Hills July 12 Canadian Rockies :: Jasper Evening run up to best Maligne Lake viewpoint.  Buggy and Hazy
Tonquin July 13-16 Canadian Rockies :: Jasper 4 day, 3 night Maccarib - Astoria through backpack.  Worst bugs ever & wildfire haze, but still spectacular alpine
Muleshoe Ridge August 9 Canadian Rockies :: Banff - Louise Bike&Hike up Mt. Cory west outlier.  Bad deadfall in upper part, but great views of Bow Valley
Elk Lake August 12 Canadian Rockies :: Banff - Louise One of most-beautiful back-country lakes in BNP front ranges more than adequate reward for Long and Uninspiring approach
Gibbon Pass / Little Copper August 18 Canadian Rockies :: Banff - Louise Long approach, but fantastic views in Alpine.  Tons of larches at the Pass;  likely terrific fall destination
Sawback: Pulsatilla to Badger August 24-26 Canadian Rockies :: Banff - Louise Backpack up Johnston Creek Valley to JO29, then dayhikes to Pulsatilla Pass and Badger Pass
Piper Pass Sep 3 Canadian Rockies :: Kananaskis Longer than expected hike below treeline leading to trademark Kananaskis Alpine.  Took Tombstone Meadows shortcut on return
South Dolomite Pass Sep 7 Canadian Rockies :: Icefields Most scenic trip of the year.  Amazing light conditions at Dolomite Pass / Katherine Lake on return
Skoki - Tilted Valley Sep 13 Canadian Rockies :: Banff - Louise Annual Skoki Autumn larch hike.  Explored rarely visited Alpine valley below Mt. Lychnis /  Tilted Peak
Walking on Sunshine Sep 21 Canadian Rockies :: Banff - Louise Annual Sunshine larch trip, Standish meadows and classic Lakes District loop.   Very peaceful early evening at Larix lake