Rundle Canal – Canmore – Hiking Alberta

Rundle Canal in the Bow Valley above Canmore, Alberta, Canada is a generally quiet and peaceful thin stretch of water beneath Ha Ling Peak.  Along the winding road up Canmore Hill, and across the road from the entrance to the Canmore Nordic Centre, there is a small space, on the east side of Rundle Canal, where 2 or 3 cars can edge park without blocking the gate to top of the dam.  On the other side of the canal, past the two control towers, a small beach is an increasingly popular staging area for paddle boarding.  The top of the dam also provides spectacular views of surrounding mountains.

Rundle Canal, Bow Valley, Canmore, Alberta, Canada

Rundle Canal across from the entrance to the Canmore Nordic Centre in the Bow Valley above Canmore, Alberta, Canada

Rundle Canal, Bow Valley, Canmore, Alberta, Canada

A view over Rundle Canal to Whiteman’s Gap wedged between Ha Ling Peak and Mount Rundle in the Bow Valley above Canmore, Alberta, Canada

Rundle Canal, Bow Valley, Canmore, Alberta, Canada

A view to the east end of Mount Rundle (EEOR) across Rundle Canal in the Bow Valley above Canmore, Alberta, Canada

There is public access to the top of the dam which contains the Rundle Canal holding basin, as an extension of hydroelectric generation further upstream.  A path around the gate begins an easy, flat and short hike as long as you wish to make it.  Paddle boarders are cruising gracefully over the surface of the reflective, emerald water.  Cyclists share the wide top of the earth dam with hikers and the occasional fly fisherperson.  Ha Ling Peak consumes forward vision as the dam curls around the canal.

Rundle Canal, Bow Valley, Canmore, Alberta, Canada

Ha Ling Peak towers over Rundle Canal at the entrance gate in the Bow Valley above Canmore, Alberta, Canada

Rundle Canal, Bow Valley, Canmore, Alberta, Canada

Ha Ling Peak and Mount Lawrence Grassi from the top of Rundle Canal in the Bow Valley above Canmore, Alberta, Canada

Rundle Canal, Bow Valley, Canmore, Alberta, Canada

The penstock and waterfalls beneath Whiteman’s Gap between Haling Peak and the East End of Rundle from the dam which creates Rundle Canal in the Bow Valley above Canmore, Alberta, Canada

Rundle Canal, Bow Valley, Canmore, Alberta, Canada

A long lens, hazy view of the penstock which feeds water to the hydro electric power station and the waterfalls from Whiteman’s Pond taken from the dam at Rundle Canal in the Bow Valley above Canmore, Alberta, Canada

The hike along the top of the dam passes the parking area for Grassi Lakes on the other side of Rundle Canal, then homes for workers at the hydroelectric generation station at the base of Ha Ling Peak.  Towards the end of the canal there is a beautiful pond off to the left, on the approach to the dam between Rundle Canal and the dry overflow channel.  There are many subsidiary trails and a road beneath the top of the dam which is also busy with hikers.  A faint odor sulphur spring can be observed near the road closer to the beginning of this Rundle Canal hike.  Consult Kananaskis Country Trail Guide, 4th Edition, Volume 3 for more detailed information.  There are many options in this area with Quarry Lake and Grassi Lakes nearby on either side.

Rundle Canal, Bow Valley, Canmore, Alberta, Canada

Homes for hydroelectric generation station workers across Rundle Canal and beneath the East End of Mount Rundle in the Bow Valley above Canmore, Alberta, Canada

Rundle Canal, Bow Valley, Canmore, Alberta, Canada

Approaching the ‘No Trespassing Dam’ near the end of Rundle Canal and encroaching on the base of Ha Ling Peak in the Bow Valley above Canmore, Alberta, Canada

Rundle Canal, Bow Valley, Canmore, Alberta, Canada

A picturesque pond near the end of the Rundle Canal Dam in the Bow Valley above Canmore, Alberta, Canada

Rundle Canal, Bow Valley, Canmore, Alberta, Canada

A picturesque pond near the end of the Rundle Canal Dam in the Bow Valley above Canmore, Alberta, Canada

Past the dam to the dry overflow channel, there is a small gentle climb to the T-junction beneath power lines.  Turning left will lead past the trailhead for the historic and challenging Riders of Rohan Trail and on to routes into and around very popular Quarry Lake.  It is a goldmine of hiking opportunity approaching urban classification due to popularity and ease of accessibility.  Turning right leads to the interesting features of the TransAlta Spray Hydroelectric Power Generation Station and a loop around to the Grassi Lakes parking area.  I notice a small undocumented trail, off to the left beneath an Osprey nest high atop a pole above me, and decide to check it out.  The trail quickly degrades to nearly impassable but I am able to work my way to a viewpoint over the top of the power station for an interesting perspective before admitting defeat and returning the way I came in.

Rundle Canal, Bow Valley, Canmore, Alberta, Canada

To the right of the T-junction a small trail leads to the left past Rundle Canal in the Bow Valley above Canmore, Alberta, Canada

Rundle Canal, Bow Valley, Canmore, Alberta, Canada

An end view of the Rundle Canal over the top of the Spray Hydroelectric Generation Station in the Bow Valley above Canmore, Alberta, Canada. Note the wildlife corridor bridge and the pedestrian bridge over Rundle Canal.

Rundle Canal, Bow Valley, Canmore, Alberta, Canada

Approaching the dam on the return hike along Rundle Canal in the Bow Valley above Canmore, Alberta, Canada

The return hike over the top of the dam along Rundle Canal provides excellent views of mountains on the far side of Bow Valley.

Rundle Canal, Bow Valley, Canmore, Alberta, Canada

The return hike along the top of the Rundle Canal in the Bow Valley above Canmore, Alberta, Canada

Rundle Canal, Bow Valley, Canmore, Alberta, Canada

The picturesque pond and views of mountains on the other side of Bow Valley from Rundle Canal in the Bow Valley above Canmore, Alberta, Canada

Rundle Canal, Bow Valley, Canmore, Alberta, Canada

Rundle Canal, Bow Valley, Canmore, Alberta, Canada

Rundle Canal, Bow Valley, Canmore, Alberta, Canada

Approaching a return to the car at the Canmore Hill end of Rundle Canal in the Bow Valley above Canmore, Alberta, Canada

This is an excellent, easy, short scenic hike with many options available for the more adventuresome hiker.  Note: It is only a good approach to the Riders of Rohan trail if the intent is to hike the trail in both directions.  The Riders of Rohan trail has been designated an expert downhill mountain biking trail.  There may be good logic in hiking it one way and using another option to create a loop.

Photographs for this post at Rundle Canal in Bow Valley above Canmore, Alberta, Canada were taken on August 10, 2014.

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12 Mile Coulee – Calgary – Hiking Alberta

12 Mile Coulee was named many decades ago when the picturesque valley was 12 miles distant from Fort Calgary.  The coulee is not 12 miles (19.2 KM) long.  The short section I will hike today is about 2 KM (1 ¼ miles) in length.  My driving approach from Bowness is over the Bow River on the 85th Street bridge and west on Bearspaw Road, past the sprawling Bearspaw Water Treatment Plant (BWTP) to a right turn via a temporary road for Stoney Trail construction to a temporary traffic circle which delivers me up Tuscany Hill.  It is possible to get lost in continuing new development within Tuscany.  Nearly every Internet reference suggests a different start point.  Probably a bit of planning is wise.  Get to the east side of Tuscany in the northwest quadrant of Calgary, Alberta, Canada and drive around until you find a potential entry point.  It is important to maintain a positive attitude at all times.

12 Mile Coulee, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

My chosen potential entry point into 12 Mile Coulee beside Tuscany in Calgary, Alberta, Canada

12 Mile Coulee, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Leads a short distance to a bike path at a rest stop with 12 Mile Coulee on the other side beside Tuscany in Calgary, Alberta, Canada

12 Mile Coulee, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Intersection of the paved bike path with Tuscany Boulevard NW in Tuscany in Calgary, Alberta, Canada

12 Mile Coulee is a city park which is currently under development.  There is no formal parking at this time, other than street parking at multiple entry points along the valley.  From my entry point, it is a short walk to a rest stop, hosting a huge boulder and two park benches contained by cement pillars supporting a wrought iron barrier, along the bike path.  The coulee is directly behind the rest stop.  Very nice.  Quite well done.  A left turn on the bike path has me hiking north past the fenced back yards of upper end homes to a formidable and architecturally-pleasing, Tuscany Boulevard bridge over 12 mile Coulee.  I find no obvious entry on the north side of the bridge but  a gravel path descends into the valley from the southeast corner of the bridge.  Recent rain has rendered the path muddy.  The gentle grade descends quickly into dense forest harboring a small, picturesque creek babbling its way south through the valley bottom.

12 Mile Coulee, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

A babbling brook at the bottom of forested 12 Mile Coulee in northwest Calgary, Alberta, Canada

12 Mile Coulee, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Descent into 12 Mile Coulee on gravel trail into forest with residential development above on the valley edges in Calgary, Alberta, Canada

12 Mile Coulee, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

The small creek supports patches of marshland along 12 Mile Coulee in northwest Calgary, Alberta, Canada

12 Mile Coulee, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

New trail higher on the bank replaces old trial being restored in the bottom of the valley along 12 Mile Coulee in northwest Calgary, Alberta, Canada

12 Mile Coulee, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Wet patches along the trail create slippery conditions along 12 Mile Coulee in northwest Calgary, Alberta, Canada

12 Mile Coulee, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Boards attempt to assist passage over wet, muddy patches along the 12 Mile Coulee trail in northwest Calgary, Alberta, Canada

The trail meanders along and above the creek with frequent crossings along the way.  There is usually a way to keep feet relatively dry on stepping stones or creek shoreline with the occasional boardwalk crossing.  It is likely June 2013 flooding had some impact along the creek.  There are exposed sandstone outcroppings along the east bank and trail becomes more heavily laden with roots.  Without warning I arrive at an impasse where 12 Mile Coulee intersects a rocky-bottom drainage beneath Stoney Trail.

12 Mile Coulee, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Beautiful forest walk within 12 Mile Coulee in northwest Calgary, Alberta, Canada

12 Mile Coulee, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

One of several creek crossings along 12 Mile Coulee in northwest Calgary, Alberta, Canada

12 Mile Coulee, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Diverse forest is occasionally interrupted by open sections of shrubbery along 12 Mile Coulee in northwest Calgary, Alberta, Canada

12 Mile Coulee, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

A creek crossing where trail migrates higher on the bank along 12 Mile Coulee in northwest Calgary, Alberta, Canada

12 Mile Coulee, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Sandstone outcroppings suggest it is a meeting place beside and above the creek in 12 Mile Coulee in northwest Calgary, Alberta, Canada.. The dark area is not a cave. It is soot from fire.

12 Mile Coulee, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Another picturesque creek crossing along 12 Mile Coulee in northwest Calgary, Alberta, Canada

12 Mile Coulee, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

This section of the trail meets a rocky-bottomed culvert beneath Stoney Trail across 12 Mile Coulee in northwest Calgary, Alberta, Canada

At the culvert, a trail junction crosses the creek and trail proceeds north on the other side.  The alternative loop along the east side tracks higher in grassy terrain above the forest and creek.  Although this section is less isolated, the view is made up of prairie and urban development, above to the right, with wilderness forest and stream beneath, to the left.  It is an interesting composition.

12 Mile Coulee, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Crossing the creek at the junction to return on the other side through 12 Mile Coulee in northwest Calgary, Alberta, Canada

12 Mile Coulee, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Prairie to the right, forest to the left in 12 Mile Coulee in northwest Calgary, Alberta, Canada

12 Mile Coulee, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

The view down to the trail, forest and creek from near the top of the sandstone outcropping along 12 Mile Coulee in northwest Calgary, Alberta, Canada

12 Mile Coulee, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

A view back to the sandstone cliff where the trail reconnects with the original route through12 Mile Coulee in northwest Calgary, Alberta, Canada

The trail passes though zones of diversity which create an interesting hike within a short distance.  The return route perspective shares some common moments but overall offers a unique visual experience in a small range of elevation.  About ¾ of the way back there is a well established side trail, on the other side of the creek, which offers me an alternative and shorter return route up to and along the top of 12 Mile Coulee.

12 Mile Coulee, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Large expanses of shrubbery with urban development near the top of 12 Mile Coulee in northwest Calgary, Alberta, Canada

12 Mile Coulee, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

A boardwalk creek crossing near older forest in 12 Mile Coulee in northwest Calgary, Alberta, Canada

12 Mile Coulee, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Typical forest at 12 Mile Coulee in northwest Calgary, Alberta, Canada

12 Mile Coulee, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Typical trail at 12 Mile Coulee in northwest Calgary, Alberta, Canada

12 Mile Coulee, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

12 Mile Coulee trail at creek side in northwest Calgary, Alberta, Canada

12 Mile Coulee, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

12 Mile Coulee, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

12 Mile Coulee, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

An alternate trail branch along 12 Mile Coulee in northwest Calgary, Alberta, Canada

The moderately steep climb up the side of the valley, on gravel trail, offers a number of trail branches but I continue on the most travelled trail to the paved bicycle path along the top west side of 12 Mile Coulee.  A right turn heading north passes fenced yards as the trail winds it way along the top to the familiar rest stop which greeted me on the way in.  Along the way there is a an excellent long-lens look back at Canada Olympic Park in the south.  It is a short walk to the car and a quick drive to Angel’s Drive-in on the way home.

12 Mile Coulee, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Initial ascent from the creek at 12 Mile Coulee in northwest Calgary, Alberta, Canada

12 Mile Coulee, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Selecting the most commonly used trail back to civilization above 12 Mile Coulee in northwest Calgary, Alberta, Canada

12 Mile Coulee, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

A view along the coulee from near the bike path at the top at 12 Mile Coulee in northwest Calgary, Alberta, Canada

12 Mile Coulee, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

A hazy view of Canada Olympic Park from the top of 12 Mile Coulee in northwest Calgary, Alberta, Canada

12 Mile Coulee, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Arrival at the rest stop along the bike path near where I began the hike through 12 Mile Coulee in northwest Calgary, Alberta, Canada

12 Mile Coulee is a very pleasant location to enjoy a short, easy, wilderness hike within Calgary city limits.  The little park remains very rustic and there is considerable room for improvement, or change, or not, depending on how you look at it.  Perhaps the construction of Stoney Trail has been a major factor on park development.

Images for this hike in 12 Mile Coulee, near Tuscany in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, were taken on August 4, 2014.

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Nose Hill Park – Calgary – Hiking Alberta

To be honest, Nose Hill Natural Environment Park, in northwest Calgary, does not look like much from it’s peripheries, or from a distance for that matter.  The first time you set foot on this big grassy hill, prominently rising above the City of Calgary, it is quite possible you will be underwhelmed.  If you are blindfolded, and dropped by helicopter into the middle of it, you might think you are in a Saskatchewan prairie when your sight is restored.  It is a mysterious place which gradually captures your heart over time.  The magic is in the detail.  It has been many years since I last hiked here and Nose Hill deserves to be featured as an outstanding urban hiking or biking location in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.  I have chosen to make the short drive from Bowness, to the Edgemont entrance off Shaganappi Trail south of Country Hills Boulevard.  The busy parking area features a shelter, public washrooms and posted trail maps to help get started.  There are two trail entry points on either side of parking.

Nose Hill Park, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

The shelter and washroom facilities at the Edgemont parking area for Nose Hill Natural Environment Park in Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Nose Hill Park, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Overview information at one of the formal trail entry points at Nose Hill Natural Environment Park in Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Nose Hill Park, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Posted trail maps at Nose Hill Natural Environment Park in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Click on the image to enlarge for reading, then on the browser back button to return to the post.

There are several other formal entry points to the Nose Hill Natural Environment Park.  Different beginning points can provide substantially different experiences.  Hiking will limit coverage in a single trip.  Riding a bicycle will be far more efficient.  Today, I am hiking.  This large hill has hosted human habitation for thousands of years and many significant archeological discoveries have been discovered on this land.  Nose Hill has a fascinating history and is important to first habitation and the establishment of Fort Calgary.

Nose Hill Park, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Nose Hill Natural Environment Park is an inner city prairie above Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Nose Hill Park, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Plains of fescue are accented by wildflowers and stands of trees in low lying areas in Nose Hill Natural Environment Park above Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Nose Hill Park, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Many trails intersect and cross the grassland to different views and features in Nose Hill Natural Environment Park above Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Nose Hill Park, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Lesser used trails through the grass lead to shelter beneath trees in Nose Hill Natural Environment Park above Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Nose Hill Park, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Mounds on the ground beg for explanation in Nose Hill Natural Environment Park above Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Many significant archeological discoveries have been made here.

Fields of wildflowers stretch as far as the eye can see at Nose Hill Park.  Memorial benches are placed throughout the park to remind us of dearly departed.  It is likely many wandered this park as I am doing today.  Some, far too young to leave, are loved and remembered by family and friends.  We are honored to be made aware of their presence.

Nose Hill Park, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Large fields of wildflowers in Nose Hill Natural Environment Park above Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Nose Hill Park, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

The seeds of a thistle are nearly ready to blow into the breeze on Nose Hill Natural Environment Park above Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Nose Hill Park, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Memorial benches are conveniently scattered throughout Nose Hill Natural Environment Park above Calgary, Alberta, Canada

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Nose Hill Park, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Hints of the city peek over edges of grassland punctuated by stands of trees in Nose Hill Environment Park above Calgary, Alberta, Canada

There are major paved trails, many good gravel trails and old roads from previous years when cars were able to drive into the park.  The trail intersections provide a virtually infinite number of hiking variations and distance.  I decide to hike predominantly south and central to views over Calgary‘s downtown core.

Nose Hill Park, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

A plethora of beautiful wildflowers on Nose Hill Natural Environment Park above Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Nose Hill Park, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Typical long view scenery on Nose Hill Natural Environment Park above Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Nose Hill Park, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Side trails lead into shady forest alcoves from more established trail on Nose Hill Natural Environment Park above Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Nose Hill Park, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

The Calgary downtown core as seen from Nose Hill Natural Environment Park above Calgary, Alberta, Canada

From high points near the edges of Nose Hill, there are expansive views of Calgary which stretch for many kilometres, even on this hot and hazy day.

Nose Hill Park, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

A large variety of fescue on Nose Hill Natural Environment Park above Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Nose Hill Park, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

A view of Calgary past the University of Calgary Campus from Nose Hill Natural Environment Park above Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Nose Hill Park, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

A hazy view of Canada Olympic Park from Nose Hill Natural Environment Park above Calgary, Alberta, Canada. The ski hill height extension seems less impressive from the top of Nose Hill.

As I hike east along the south side of Nose Hill, more city views open up and on the turn north, there is a clear view to the Calgary International Airport which currently hosts the longest runway in Canada.

Nose Hill Park, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Wildflowers on Nose Hill Natural Environment Park above Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Nose Hill Park, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Calgary downtown core from Nose Hill Natural Environment Park above Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Nose Hill Park, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Long lens, hazy view of Calgary’s downtown core from Nose Hill Natural Environment Park above Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Nose Hill Park, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Old road and excellent hiking path travelling north on Nose Hill Natural Environment Park above Calgary, Alberta, Canada

There are many birds and lots of small wildlife on Nose Hill.  It is not uncommon to see coyotes on the hill but I see none today.  Again, attention to detail can be very rewarding.

Nose Hill Park, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Flutterby’s along the trail in Nose Hill Natural Environment Park above Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Nose Hill Park, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Flutterby’s on Nose Hill Natural Environment Park above Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Nose Hill Park, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

An old transmission tower on Nose Hill Natural Environment Park above Calgary, Alberta, Canada

On the return loop, I choose random, less travelled path in the general direction that will jog me back, in a large, sweeping loop to my beginning point.  Mixed in with endless visions of wildflowers are many curious features on the hill which offer exercise for the imagination.

Nose Hill Park, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Alberta’s provincial flower, the Wild Rose, is commonplace on Nose Hill Natural Environment Park in Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Nose Hill Park, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Wilderness sights merge with urban development on Nose Hill Natural Environment Park in Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Nose Hill Park, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

A pond with surrounding marshland is tucked away in surrounding forest on Nose Hill Natural Environment Park in Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Nose Hill Park, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

An curious hill, with path around and over, fires the imagination on Nose Hill Natural Environment Park in Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Nose Hill Park, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Old, broken, concrete foundation appears to more a dump site then previous construction on Nose Hill Natural Environment Park in Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Eventually, familiar scenery suggests I may have stumbled onto a moderately efficient return route on a very large loop around the top of Nose Hill.  There are fascinating features on the northeast quadrant of Nose Hill Park, which for me are beyond reasonable reach on this day.  There remains a good reason to return.  It is likely I will choose to walk again.  The magic is in the detail.  On the final stretch I hike through a depression containing old growth forest on well established, wide trail hosting adjacent picnic benches and a makeshift tipi-style shelter.  From the far side it is a short climb to the parking area a short distance past the top of the hill.  An urban cell phone tower has been my guide for much of the return hike.

Nose Hill Park, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Entering a familiar alcove of trees at Nose Hill Natural Environment Park in Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Nose Hill Park, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

A memorial bench and a picnic bench at my entry point to this enchanted forest at Nose Hill Natural Environment Park in Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Nose Hill Park, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Well established path through the final forest on my return loop at Nose Hill Natural Environment Park in Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Nose Hill Park, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

A makeshift teepee shelter in the forest at Nose Hill Natural Environment Park in Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Nose Hill Park, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

A final look back to the forest from the top of the hill past this forest at Nose Hill Natural Environment Park in Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Nose Hill Park is an excellent place to wander away a morning or afternoon without the longer drive to the mountains.  This natural park is a popular place for people to bring their dogs for exercise.  There are several off leash areas.  I leave with the impression most people are practising thoughtful etiquette and due diligence.  There are always a few who  have insufficient respect for others and themselves.

The city currently has an initiative underway to formalize the trail structure on Nose Hill.  Whatever they do will upset someone.  No doubt, new off trail travel should be discouraged but, in my experience, some of the less travelled path is the most naturally intimate and interesting.  There are different kinds of people.  Some people need or prefer paved path.  Others, not so much.  If the path is sufficiently worn to suggest frequent use, logic might suggest it is a good idea to leave it alone.  From a hiking perspective, many options are good.

Photographs for this hike at Nose Hill Park in northwest Calgary, Alberta, Canada are captured on August 3, 2014.

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