Fullerton Loop - Kananaskis Country – Hiking Alberta

 

Fullerton Loop is an easy, classic hike near Bragg Creek in Kananaskis Country.

 

 

The beautiful, sunny, cool day is perfect for a season opener in nearby Kananaskis Country just west of Bragg Creek. Alberta, Canada.  The trailhead is west on Highway 22x/66 at Allen Bill (Pond).  Crystal-clear water is trickling through the crystal ice borders along the Little Elbow River under intricate wisps of high cirrus cloud. 

Hiking begins on four inches of fresh snow, which is often over ice, so crampons are essential and gaiters are a good idea.  This popular, picturesque loop hike around the top of Fullerton Loop is 8 KM (5 miles) long with about 213 m (700 feet) of elevation. 

The Fullerton Loop hike is ideal for warming up winter weary muscles and provides scenic views over the Elbow River Valley.  Short winter days are improved with a dose of sunshine and crisp, clean air.

 

Fullerton Loop - Kananaskis Country, Alberta, Canada

Fullerton Loop - Kananaskis Country, Alberta, Canada

Fullerton Loop - Kananaskis Country, Alberta, Canada

Fullerton Loop - Kananaskis Country, Alberta, Canada

Fullerton Loop - Kananaskis Country, Alberta, Canada

Fullerton Loop - Kananaskis Country, Alberta, Canada

Fullerton Loop - Kananaskis Country, Alberta, Canada

Fullerton Loop - Kananaskis Country, Alberta, Canada

 

Fullerton Loop is also an excellent and popular snowshoe throughout winter months. The short scenic snowshoe is within easy reach west of Calgary, Alberta, Canada and the injection of bright light from snow energizes the short days of winter. There are other snowshoe trips nearby.  Spring hiking makes the use of gaiters and hiking crampons mandatory for comfort and safety.  Note:  The southeast side of the ridge is nearly always iced over from the freezing and thawing cycles.

Note:  June 2013 floods wiped out the trail access beneath the bridge.  The new trail beginning is across the highway from the Allen Bill parking area and near the Ranger's Cabin.

 

 

 

 

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