Ha Ling Peak – Canmore – Hiking Alberta

Ha Ling Peak guards the east side of Whiteman’s Gap in the Bow Valley above Canmore west of Calgary, Alberta, Canada.  This short hike is only 3.0 KM (1.9 miles) one-way from the parking area to the summit, but an elevation gain of 737 m (2,417 ft.) signals a relentless ascent to a maximum elevation of 2,407 m (7,897 ft.).  Trailhead parking is at the Goat Creek Day Use Area just south of Whiteman’s Pond wedged between Ha Ling Peak and the east end of Mount Rundle (EEOR).  The other trail leaving from the Goat Creek Day Use Area travels west along Goat Creek between the Goat Range and Mount Rundle, to terminate at the Banff Springs Hotel.  It is an excellent full day hike, or a half day bicycle ride but it is not the trail to Ha Ling Peak.  That trailhead is the brief walk to the opposite side of the Smith-Dorrien Trail, up the bank onto the service road, over the canal and past the dam on the concrete bridge, to the trailhead with the small brass plaque on a large boulder near the obvious power poles.

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Across Smith-Dorrien Trail, up the bank or road to the Ha Ling Peak trailhead above Canmore in Bow Valley, Alberta, Canada

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Cross the concrete bridge over the canal near the dam to the Ha Ling Peak trailhead above Canmore in the Bow Valley, Alberta, Canada

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The trailhead to Ha Ling Peak is clearly near the power poles past the dam above Canmore in the Bow Valley, Alberta, Canada

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The Ha Ling Peak trailhead plaque above Canmore in the Bow Valley, Alberta, Canada

The initial section of trail is very broad and saturated with roots.  The weather forecast is favorable but my hike begins in a very light rain.  Initial trail climbs consistently, with occasional braided sections, to merge with the north side above a drainage.  After a series of short switchbacks a brief span of log steps leads to a long switchback left.  Sections of trail which traverse rock slab have been improved with gravel alternatives.  The climb is constant with occasional views down to support the rapid and consistent gain in elevation.  There are interesting trail features to distract from the climb.  During two additional long switchbacks, light rain turns to light snow.  The sound of high wind at treetops translates to occasional and gentle breeze at trail level.

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Wide, root-laden trail at the beginning of the hike to Ha Ling Peak above Canmore in the Bow Valley, Alberta, Canada

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Trail at the beginning leads to a hike beside a drainage from Ha Ling Peak above Canmore in the Bow Valley, Alberta, Canada

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Gravel path eases passage past rock slabs on the trail to Ha Ling Peak above Canmore in the Bow Valley, Alberta, Canada

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Good trail is frequently interrupted with obstacles on the hike to Ha Ling Peak above Canmore in the Bow Valley, Alberta, Canada

There are many interesting trail features to be discovered.  The snow is falling more heavily and beginning to stick on wet ground as temperature continues to decline.  The cool air is actually refreshing and counters body heat generated by the effort of the ascent.

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Trail leads to steps for a fortified crossing past a significant slab section which would otherwise be difficult and dangerous to negotiate on the trail to Ha Ling Peak above Canmore in the Bow Valley, Alberta, Canada

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Crossing a large rock slab section on the trail to Ha Ling Peak above Canmore in the Bow Valley, Alberta, Canada

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Interesting trail features and thinning forest on the ascent of Ha Ling Peak above Canmore in the Bow Valley, Alberta, Canada

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Interesting trail features along the hike to the summit of Ha Ling Peak above Canmore in the Bow Valley, Alberta, Canada

Further elevation gain continues on a short section of rugged, inconsistent and disorganized trail to more civilized and fairly consistent elevation gain with many informal trail options to the left which will lead directly over scree surface to the summit of Ha Ling Peak.  My choose to continue on the trail aiming towards the saddle between Ha Ling Peak and Miner’s Peak with Three Humps nearby.  In many past occasions on this hike, I have always abandoned the formal trail to hike directly up to the summit, so this final section of trail to the saddle is new to me.  When I break the tree line and enter alpine territory, the snow volume is increasing and being driven by high wind.  Snow is beginning to accumulate on the ground.

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The summit of Miner’s Peak above the trees and Three Humps east of  Ha Ling Peak above Canmore in the Bow Valley, Alberta, Canada

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Wind driven snow with a view to Miner’s Peak and Three Humps to the saddle near Ha Ling Peak above Canmore in the Bow Valley, Alberta, Canada

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Climbing to the saddle on the hike to Ha Ling Peak in the distance above Canmore in the Bow Valley, Alberta, Canada

The final portion of the hike is accurately described as an easy scramble but with careful route finding through sections of slab and scree, crags consistently offer safe footsteps to create a hiking experience.  As the summit of Ha Ling Peak gets closer, I aim for the signs which warn of climbers ascending the face of Ha Ling Peak on the other side of the summit ridgeline.  It is highly unlikely there will be anyone rock climbing in these conditions on this weekday following Thanksgiving.

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The ascent through scree and past slab to the saddle and ridgeline on the way to Ha Ling Peak above Canmore in the Bow Valley, Alberta, Canada

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Finding safe passage above wet slab rock in driving snow on the ascent towards Ha Ling Peak above Canmore in the Bow Valley, Alberta, Canada

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The view to Quarry Lake and Canmore beneath the ridge line on the route to Ha Ling Peak summit above Canmore in the Bow Valley, Alberta, Canada

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Closing in on the summit of Ha Ling Peak above Canmore in the Bow Valley, Alberta, Canada

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The final approach to the summit of Ha Ling Peak above Canmore in the Bow Valley, Alberta, Canada

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Anchors for rock climbers near the summit of Ha Ling Peak above Canmore in the Bow Valley, Alberta, Canada

Views over Canmore are nearly obliterated and there is no visible evidence of Mount Lady Macdonald or Grotto Mountain on the other side of the Bow Valley CorridorQuarry Lake and Rundle Canal are visible directly below and the new Cougar Creek aqueduct is marginally visible on the other side of the valley.  Falling snow is blowing horizontal but photo exposure speed is sufficient to make the snow appear stationary.  As I begin my careful and exciting retreat from Ha Ling Peak on wet and slippery rock, there are dramatic views of Miner’s Peak and Three Humps becoming larger on the scree trail descent back to the saddle.

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Snow compromised view from the summit of Ha Ling Peak down to Canmore in the Bow Valley, Alberta, Canada

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Snow compromised view from the summit of Ha Ling Peak down to Canmore in the Bow Valley, Alberta, Canada

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Snow compromised view from the summit of Ha Ling Peak down to Canmore in the Bow Valley, Alberta, Canada

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The view east from near the summit of Ha Ling Peak towards Miner’s Peak and Three Humps above Canmore in the Bow Valley, Alberta, Canada

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Descending from the summit of Ha Ling Peak above Canmore in the Bow Valley, Alberta, Canada.  Miner’s Peak and Three Humps are in the background.

The dramatic visuals are compromised by driving snow and wet rock which add an element of adventure as I carefully work my way down along the ridge line.

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Hiking the ridgeline towards the saddle connecting Ha Ling Peak to Miner’s Peak above Canmore in the Bow Valley, Alberta, Canada

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Driving snow on the descent from Ha Ling Peak above Canmore in the Bow Valley, Alberta, Canada

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A good look at Miner’s Peak and Three Humps from the ridgeline near Ha Ling Peak above Canmore in the Bow Valley, Alberta, Canada

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Approaching the saddle between Ha Ling Peak and Miner’s Peak above Canmore in the Bow Valley, Alberta, Canada.  Note the single uppermost evergreen tree in the distance near photo right.

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The single evergreen tree at the trail junction to Miner’s Peak at the saddle between Ha Ling Peak above Canmore in the Bow Valley, Alberta, Canada

At the trail junction beneath the saddle, every fibre of my being needs to continue the hike at high elevation to Miner’s Peak and beyond to Three Humps.  After standing in the blowing snow for several minutes to consider all the variables, including increasing wind speed, falling ceilings and increasing snow ground cover, I convince myself that solo hiking the exposure is potentially a bad decision and I reluctantly continue the descent to the main trail.  My inner child is disappointed but my adult is looking forward to a return to Miner’s Peak and Three Humps another day under more favorable conditions.  There are excellent views of Goat Creek in the valley beneath me and, on descent, snow reverts to light rain.  Footsteps on wet trail must be cautious.  The main hazards are wet roots and rocks polished from millions of prior footsteps on this perennially popular trail.  Rain is not reaching the lower levels of the trail and pooling water is a small issue justifying proper footwear and careful navigation.  The pungent, musty odor of wet, misty forest is wonderful and energizing.

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The cloud ceiling descends with me on the descent to the parking area from Ha Ling Peak above Canmore in the Bow Valley, Alberta, Canada

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View to the valley floor on the descent from Ha Ling Peak above Canmore in the Bow Valley, Alberta, Canada

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Forest features and descent perspective on the trail from Ha Ling Peak above Canmore in the Bow Valley, Alberta, Canada

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Back to trail along the drainage from Ha Ling Peak above Canmore in the Bow Valley, Alberta, Canada

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Lush, misty and intensely aromatic forest near the end of the descent from Ha Ling Peak above Canmore in the Bow Valley, Alberta, Canada

Back at the trailhead, cloud cover is clearly descending and disordered as mist rolls down mountain sides to fill valleys.  On the return drive home, I stop into the parking area at Quarry Lake to photograph cloud cover over Miner’s Peak and Ha Ling Peak from beneath.  It is interesting to observe from below how weather conditions have changed at the summit of Ha Ling Peak in less than two hours.  Such is the way of the mountains.  It is always important to be prepared for nearly anything.

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Back at the trailhead where the canal meets the bridge and dam at the bottom of Ha Ling Peak above Canmore in the Bow Valley, Alberta, Canada

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The dam from the bridge at the bottom of Ha Ling Peak above Canmore in the Bow Valley, Alberta, Canada.  The canal flows through a tunnel which feeds Whiteman’s Pond.

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A bit of Autumn color near the Goat Creek Day Use Area at the base of Ha Ling Peak above Canmore in the Bow Valley, Alberta, Canada

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The Goat Creek Day Use Area across Smith-Dorrien Trail at the base of Ha Ling Peak above Canmore in the Bow Valley, Alberta, Canada

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View of the face of Miner’s Peak and Ha Ling Peak from Quarry Lake above Canmore in the Bow Valley, Alberta, Canada

These questionable and different-than-forecasted weather days create special memories.  The experience is reminiscent of my early days in Basic Training with the Canadian Military at Vimy Barracks in Kingston, Ontario.  We were placed in a variety of challenging situations and trained to survive.  Much like a concentrated version of life.  Nature is like that in a slow motion version.  The ability to rise above adversity and enjoy the challenge is a powerful and satisfying experience.  What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.  Confidence increases as knowledge, and the interpretation of the unexpected, is expanded and managed.  Hiking a specific mission becomes exponentially more satisfying. Comfort zone expands with experience and physical presence adjusts automatically to changes in environment.

Recently, DSD published a post on her blog which describes the transition.  You can view her post at Summit Stones and Adventure Musings, She knew it was me.  I can relate to her description perfectly.  It is an incredible experience I would recommend to anyone so inclined.

Photographs for this short, steep hike to the summit of Ha Ling Peak were taken on a blustery day at altitude above Canmore, Alberta on October 14, 2014.

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Cobble Flats – Kananaskis Country – Hiking Alberta

Cobble Flats lies along the Elbow River near the end of Hwy 66 in the shadow of Forget-Me-Not Mountain.  In prior years, Cobble Flats offered an excellent opportunity to enjoy a picnic or barbeque beside a picturesque canal hosting a footbridge, with side rails to lean on, for enjoyment of the calm flow of quiet, reflective water in the canal.  The bridge led to quiet forest strolls along a matrix of good trail on the far side of the canal.  For me, this special place holds indelible memories of conversations and camaraderie within interrupted but prevailing friendship.  When Grandson, Michael, and I arrive, it is immediately obvious, and not surprising, the June 2013 floods have created havoc here.  The bridge is gone.  The canal is wider with faster running water, even this late in the season.  Much of the dense, surrounding shrubbery has been swept away.  Many mature trees are still collapsing into unstable ground.  Some of the pathways have survived with significant modification.  Many are gone, washed away forever.  Michael and I will hike on and off trail to survey damage at rivers edge in the immediate vicinity of the two adjacent parking areas.

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The original location of the small bridge over a narrower canal at Cobble Flats in Kananaskis Country, Alberta, Canada

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Ground and plant life at Cobble Flats has been swept away in the June 13 floods in Kananaskis Country, Alberta, Canada

As Mike and I hike our way on rustic trail, or through brush beside the widened canal, the dislodged bridge appears to be jammed in place downstream.

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What remains of the badly damaged canal footbridge seems to jammed downstream at Cobble Flats in Kananaskis Country, Alberta, Canada

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What remains of the badly damaged canal footbridge seems to jammed downstream at Cobble Flats in Kananaskis Country, Alberta, Canada

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A closer view of what remains of the badly damaged canal footbridge which seems to jammed downstream at Cobble Flats in Kananaskis Country, Alberta, Canada

We are able to get fairly close to the damaged footbridge but final access is denied by fast running inflow, or ancillary tributaries, near the damaged and relocated footbridge.  Mike and I continue exploring the edge of the Elbow River.  Surrounding terrain is badly scrambled.  Bedrock at river edge has been exposed where all ground cover has been washed away.  The Elbow River has a number of revised channels and the much larger rocky apron is littered with dead trees and miscellaneous lumber.  Isolated ponds of crystal-clear, still water are nearly artistic pieces with shadow and reflection making the surface come alive.

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The damaged footbridge is directly across from this position past fast running water at Cobble Flats in Kananaskis Country, Alberta, Canada

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Mike and I are unable to conveniently reach the damaged bridge at Cobble Flats in Kananaskis Country, Alberta, Canada

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Some of the crystal-clear ponds host reflective shadow and are like art works at Cobble Flats in Kananaskis Country, Alberta, Canada

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Large tracts of shoreline have been washed away, exposing bedrock at Cobble Flats in Kananaskis Country, Alberta, Canada

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Flood debris litters the shoreline at Cobble Flats in Kananaskis Country, Alberta, Canada

The views east along the Elbow River show the vast amount of land which has been swept away

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Still, clear water, reflective ponds isolated from the Elbow River shoreline at Cobble Flats in Kananaskis Country, Alberta, Canada

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The view east along large rocky borders of Elbow River at Cobble Flats in Kananaskis Country, Alberta, Canada

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The view further east along Elbow River is cluttered with dead trees swept away by flood at Cobble Flats in Kananaskis Country, Alberta, Canada

On the return hike to the parking area, there are numerous examples of survival and regrowth.  Many newly-formed channels of Elbow River provide a matrix of water paths as foreground with Forget-Me-Not Mountain looming behind.  Some earth, hosting a bush, remains stubbornly attached to a large boulder stranded in the river after the flood swept all the surroundings away.  I join Mike and skip a few stones across the water in Elbow River.  As the sun settles low in the south-west sky, Forget-Me-Not Mountain establishes a prominent presence on the horizon.

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A bush struggles to survive on a large, stranded boulder in the Elbow River at Cobble Flats in Kananaskis Country, Alberta, Canada

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Forget-Me-Not Mountain looms large behind the new channels of the Elbow River at Cobble Flats in Kananaskis Country, Alberta, Canada

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Michael skips flat stones on the Elbow River at Cobble Flats with Forget-Me-Not Mountain behind in Kananaskis Country, Alberta, Canada

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Low sun reflecting off the Elbow River with Forget-Me-Not Mountain behind at Cobble Flats in Kananaskis Country, Alberta, Canada

Mike and I stop in at Bragg Creek on the drive home for customary ice cream at Frontier Candy and Ice Cream.  The grand-weather, weekend day combined with motorcycles, a Show and Shine and flood reconstruction has turned the parking lot into a crowded mess.  When we finally get parked, Mike and I discover a long line of customers waiting for ice cream, so we concede defeat and drive the rest of the way for ice cream in Calgary to end our day of adventure.  We need to do this more often.

Photographs for this post on June 2013 flood damage at Cobble Flats were taken on October 5, 2014 in Kananaskis Country west of Bragg Creek, Alberta, Canada.

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Diamond T Loop – Kananaskis Country – Hiking Alberta

Grandson, Michael, and I will tackle a short, autumn hike from Station Flats along Hwy 66 in Kananaskis Country west of Bragg Creek, Alberta, Canada.  The trailhead begins at the obvious kiosk on the left (west) side of the dual parking area at Station Flats.  We park in the busy east lot occupied primarily by mountain bikers, where the biffy resides, and walk a few metres west on path through forest to the predominantly equestrian area and the trail kiosk.  Almost immediately Mike and I arrive at a Y trail junction and decide to veer right to hike the trail counter clockwise.  We hike on damp trail shared by the Tom Snow and Diamond T trails, through evergreen forest to the left, and marshland on the right.  A pair of horseback riders pass us near the gated fence.  The wide and mildly undulating trail gradually gains elevation.  Diamond T trail is a half day hike tagged at 4.5 KM (2.8 miles) in length with 130 m (427 ft) net elevation.  Gross elevation is higher.  Maximum elevation at the viewpoint is 1,545 m (5,069 ft.).

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Taking the Tom Snow/Diamond T trail to the right at the Y on the Diamond T Loop in Kananaskis Country, Alberta, Canada

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Following equestrian riders through the gate on the Diamond T Loop in Kananaskis Country, Alberta, Canada.  The gate must be kept closed.  We offer to do that and  close the gate for them after we pass through

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Dense mossy evergreen forest to the left and muskeg right on wide, wet trail along Diamond T Loop in Kananaskis Country, Alberta, Canada

About a kilometre into the hike, the trail curls sharply and descends into the valley of Chaarhziya Waptan or Willow Creek (Ref: Kananaskis Country Trail Guide 4th Edition, Volume 2, Pg. 49) on a picturesque, sturdy bridge.  The creek shows obvious evidence of 2013 flood impact, but it seems the bridge either held or has been repaired/replaced.  A short distance past the bridge, Mike and I hike up and out of the drainage and soon arrive at the trail junction where the Tom Snow trail continues north and Diamond T trail hangs a left.  Mike and I steal a moment for self-absorbing photos.

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Mike ponders the meaning of life on the bridge over Willow Creek in Charrhziya Waptan valley along Tom Snow trail shared section of the Diamond T Loop in Kananaskis Country, Alberta, Canada

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Yours truly at the Tom Snow/ Diamond T trail junction along the Diamond T Loop in Kananaskis Country, Alberta, Canada

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Michael at the Tom Snow / Diamond T trail junction along the Diamond T Loop in Kananaskis Country, Alberta, Canada

From the junction, the Diamond T trail initially gains slight elevation into deciduous forest with open grassy sections above evergreen forest in the valley to the left.  As we crest the tops of hills, there are excellent and expansive views ahead.

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Diverse forest on the Diamond T Loop in Kananaskis Country, Alberta, Canada

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Approaching the first crest of the grassy knoll on Diamond T Loop in Kananaskis Country, Alberta, Canada

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Hiking on clear trail around the side of the hill on Diamond T Loop in Kananaskis Country, Alberta, Canada

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The emergence of long views ahead on Diamond T Loop in Kananaskis Country, Alberta, Canada

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Descending the other side of the hill with expansive views on Diamond T Loop in Kananaskis Country, Alberta, Canada

The Diamond T trail arrives at a three-way trail junction near a creek crossing.  The more prominent, left leading trail, which begins to climb, is actually the Race of Spades downhill mountain biking course.  We stand aside to allow two riders to rocket past us with a very friendly and visibly exhausted dog in hot pursuit.  The less travelled and substantially less attractive route Mike and I need is clearly tagged with a red marker off to the left of Race of Spades.  Initially this section is damp and muddy.  Significant flood damage has been done to drainage patterns in this area so we navigate a number of minor wet crossings and a stepping-stone crossing of Willow Creek above a tiny, but picturesque, waterfall in a field of flood-scattered rock.  The cutline we are hiking begins to gain elevation more aggressively.  At the top of the hill we find a descent which will negate our climbing effort.  To add insult to injury, the next leg requires climbing similar elevation again with the added adventure of climbing over, and crawling under, forest obstacles.  Is there no end to the fun?  Past another dip, the trail veers left off the cutline and continues to climb alongside a fence.  Mike and I continue to ascend on excellent, dry trail through forest.

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Turning onto our roué at the junction with Race of Spades along the Diamond T Loop in Kananaskis Country, Alberta, Canada

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Diamond T Loop crosses Willow Creek at this tiny waterfall in Kananaskis Country, Alberta, Canada

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The Diamond T Loop gains elevation more aggressively to the top of a hill in Kananaskis Country, Alberta, Canada

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At the top of the hill Mike and I discover we will give back all that elevation gain on the Diamond T Loop, Kananaskis Country, Alberta, Canada

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The cutline ascent continues again with obstacles on the Diamond T Loop in Kananaskis Country, Alberta, Canada

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Near the top of the final indignity the Diamond T trail veers left through forest in Kananaskis Country, Alberta, Canada

Trail quality at higher elevation is excellent and sun filtering through predominately lodge-pole pine forest creates excellent and moving shadow visuals as we twist and turn our way into sky for eventual arrival at another three-way junction.

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Good trail gains elevation modestly en route to the viewpoint junction along the Diamond T Loop in Kananaskis Country, Alberta, Canada

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Shadows accentuate the moss ground cover as trail twist to ridge top off the Diamond T Loop in Kananaskis Country, Alberta, Canada

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The subtle viewpoint sign at the top of the Diamond T Loop in Kananaskis Country, Alberta, Canada

Diamond T Loop, Kananaskis Country, Alberta, Canada

Mike sets up for lunch at the bench at ridge top above the Diamond T Loop in Kananaskis Country, Alberta, Canada

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The long lens steals a slim view through lodgepole pine forest clogging the viewpoint above Diamond T Loop in Kananaskis Country, Alberta, Canada

The old log bench, in early years, provides an outstanding view east across historic ranch land sheltered by rolling foothills in the Elbow Valley long before Kananaskis Country was established as one of the best outdoor recreation areas in Alberta, dare I say, Canada.   A magnificent stand of Lodgepole Pine has virtually eliminated the view but the original vista can still be imagined by peering through narrow openings in the forest.  There is no doubt we are atop an outstanding lower elevation ridge.  Following a leisurely and gratifying lunch in the sun, Mike and I retreat off the ridge top and back to the Diamond T Loop.  We have already completed about 3/4 of the circuit and continue with another short foray and shallow descent through forest.  Past another gate, the final section is a steeper descent which allows Mike and I the opportunity to practise the Sherpa Step.  Combined with hiking poles, this descent step will help to protect our knees from long term damage.  At the bottom of the hill, we exit forest into open grassland along Hwy 66.  A left turn and a short hike delivers us back to the parking area.

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Leaving the log bench to descend from the viewpoint at ridge top along the Diamond T Loop in Kananaskis Country, Alberta, Canada

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Shallow descent through forest on the Diamond T Loop in Kananaskis Country, Alberta, Canada

Diamond T Loop, Kananaskis Country, Alberta, Canada

Yours truly at the gate to prevent free range cattle from getting into the area on the Diamond T Loop in Kananaskis Country, Alberta, Canada

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Mike at the gate on our final descent on the Diamond T Loop in Kananaskis Country, Alberta, Canada

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Heading back to the trailhead and parking area after a short but  steeper descent on Diamond T Loop in Kananaskis Country, Alberta, Canada

 

Station Flats lies in the shadow of Moose Mountain a short distance west of Allen Bill (Pond) on Hwy 66 past Bragg Creek in Kananaskis Country‘s Elbow Valley.  The area contains a mix of year round multiuse trails with a primary summer time focus on mountain biking trails.  The Moose Mountain area hosts an ever expanding mix of currently more than 80 KM (50 miles) of trail.  Kananaskis Country constructed the majority of original multi-use trails.  New and expanding trail is primarily a product of the Moose Mountain Bike Trail Society and the Calgary Mountain Bike Alliance.  Some of the bike trails are suitable for hiking in spring and fall but are intended for exclusive use of mountain bikers during summer months.  Research and due diligence planning is a good idea prior to enjoying Moose Mountain area trails.

There is still time for further exploration in the area.  Mike and I decide to drive further west on Hwy 66, past Elbow Falls, and over big, rolling hills, for an up-close and personal examination of June 2013 flood damage at Cobble Flats.

Photographs for this post of grandson Michael and yours truly hiking the Diamond T Loop in Kananaskis Country, Alberta, Canada were taken on October 5, 2014.

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